Shadi Lal Batra, who claimed maximum travel bills, was among the most unproductive. He asked only 14 questions although he attended the session for 46 days.
BSP chief Mayavati blamed Centre and UP government for sparking “communal violence” in the name of “faith and cow protection”. She said that in the name of “dharm” (religion) and “sanskaar” (culture), an environment of fear and terror was created.
Verma’s experience as secretary, Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, is expected to come in handy in handling Rajya Sabha matters.
Venkaiah Naidu said while the media is free and he cannot direct them, the one thing he can can convey to them from the chair in the beginning of his tenure is, “Please focus more on constructive debate.” He also recalled how once his debate on agriculture was reported in one line though he spoke for 52 minutes.
Speaking about Venkaiah Naidu’s humble beginnings as a farmer’s son, PM Modi said he will take Indian polity to new heights.
Vaghela, who revolted against the Congress last month, claimed party leaders drew up the plan to ensure Patel’s victory a day ahead of the voting on August 8.
Today, Hamid Ansari completes exactly two terms in office, the latter part managing the Upper House that was often in conflict with the government. Ansari has also served as India’s ambassador to several countries, was India’s Permanent Representative to the UN and also vice-chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University.
Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari’s term ends today: highlights from his farewell session in the Upper House.
As Hamid Ansari leaves office, he speaks to Indian Express on his two terms, the challenges he faced and those before the country.
Moving the resolution, Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari said the House recalls that 75 years ago, Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi gave a clarion call to people for “do or die” to end the British Rule while asking the British to quit India.
Gujarat Rajya Sabha polls: The Election Commission ordered that two votes by rebel Congress MLAs stand disqualified. Read the entire order here.
ome members including Derek O’Brien (TMC) displayed the new 500 rupee notes issued after demonetisation to show the different sizes they were bring printed.
Shankersinh Vaghela told The Indian Express, that he voted against the Congress because the Congress was getting less than 40 votes in any case.
Rajya Sabha polls: In Ahmedabad, the BJP said it was confident of winning all three seats in Gujarat. Addressing a press conference, BJP spokesperson Bharat Pandya said all members of the party were in the state to support its three candidates.
Challenge before the new vice president is to maintain and safeguard the space for debate and dissent in Rajya Sabha