Rajya Sabha banter on weight loss, women's representation

Rajya Sabha banter on weight loss, women's representation

Addressing the Rajya Sabha which bade farewell to about 60 of its members whose tenures end over the next few weeks, Modi stressed that the responsibility of smooth functioning of Parliament lay not only with the Opposition but also the Government. Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Vijay Goel said that if the members did not want the short duration discussion, then other business can be taken up.

Bidding farewell to the retiring members, including four nominated members, who are retiring on completion of their tenure, Mr Naidu said, "those who are retiring include many of our veteran members who have completed more than a decade in the House".

Chowdhury continued with her speech, going on to say she has witnessed much in the Rajya Sabha, from Shah Bano to Soorpanakha. "I wish you success in future".

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Amid continuous Parliament disruption, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday lamented the stalling of the Rajya Sabha, saying what happens in the Lok Sabha need not be followed in the upper house. "He must be lauded for making an effort to run the proceedings of the house even in the mist of uproar".

He, however, said that those members who would return to the House on being re-elected, would be able to participate in this historic Bill.

Ironically, Naidu's jibe came on a day when Chowdhury and another outgoing woman MP - Rajni Patil - spoke of the low representation on women in the Upper House and the need for change in mindset that led to what they alleged was discrimination against women in Parliament.

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The Prime Minister made a special mention of many retiring MPs and their contributions.He assured the retiring members that the doors of Parliament and PMO are always open for them, and urged them to continue sharing their thoughts on vital issues of the day. When they were in the opposition, they protested on issues of public concern.

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