Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu, however, steered clear from taking any names. “Not speaking about a party or person,” he added.
Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu has given JD(U)’s Sharad Yadav and Ali Anwar one week to explain their position with regard to the party petition seeking their disqualification.
Speaking at a function to lay the foundation stone for the country’s first, and so far only, greenfield smart city project in Ranchi, Naidu said: “If you want good drainage, top-class transportation, waste management system, etc, you will have to pay a bit more.
The push started after, addressing a press conference with Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, Venkaiah Naidu, then I&B Minister, said he was “disappointed” at Rajasthan’s Swachh Bharat figures.
The petition stated that Yadav had participated in a rally organised by the RJD in Patna on August 27, defying a party directive conveyed to him by JD(U) secretary-general K C Tyagi in writing ahead of the rally.
Derek O’Brien (Trinamool) and Union minister Ramdas Athawale (RPI-A) recited rhymes in English and Hindi, while deputy chairman P J Kurien expressed confidence that under Naidu’s leadership, the House will function smoothly with justice to both sides.
The BJP has been taking credit for the elevation of Naidu as well as President Ram Nath Kovind. Modi began by citing the day’s historic value as it was on this day that freedom fighter Khudiram Bose, 18, was hanged.
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.
Both Houses witnessed heated debates between the Opposition and Treasury benches on issues from cow slaughter, lynching and mob violence to agrarian crisis and an attack on Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi in Gujarat, allegedly by BJP workers.
The reference of Prasad was towards the frequent disruptions in the Upper House by the opposition due to which the government business suffered and several bills could not be taken up for passage.
Speaking about Venkaiah Naidu’s humble beginnings as a farmer’s son, PM Modi said he will take Indian polity to new heights.
Venkaiah Naidu was administered the oath of office by newly-elected President Ram Nath Kovind at a function in the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Friday. He was sworn in in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former PM Manmohan Singh.
Venkaiah Naidu swearing-in ceremony live updates: Naidu has been administered the oath of office by President Ram Nath Kovind
On the eve of his swearing-in ceremony, Venkaiah Naidu challenged the views expressed by his predecessor Hamid Ansari who claimed that the Muslims in India were experiencing “a sense of uneasiness and insecurity.”
The Prime Minister’s remarks in Rajya Sabha come four days after Ansari, speaking at the annual convocation of the National Law School of India University in Bengaluru, expressed concern over “enhanced apprehensions of insecurity amongst segments of our citizen body, particularly Dalits, Muslims and Christians”.