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No begging please: Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu reminds ministers

Naidu said he has decided to close the matter after the member met him this morning and said his remarks were made on the spur of the moment and he held the Chair in high esteem.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: December 29, 2017 1:17 pm
Venkaiah Naidu, Vice President, Kulbhushan Jadhav, BJP, Anant Kumar Hegde, Parliament Winter Session, BJP on Constitution, Hedge on Constitution, Indian Express VP Venkaiah Naidu. (Express Photo by Prem Nath Pandey)

“No begging please!” This was Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu’s directive to ministers on Friday, asking them not to use the term ‘beg’ while tabling the listed official papers in the House. Normally, the ministers say “I beg to lay the papers … listed against my name in today’s order paper.”

Naidu had on the opening day of the winter session advised the ministers and members to shed the “imperial mindset” of using “I beg to lay…” the papers in the House. He had said that instead, they should say “I rise to present the papers listed against my name…” However, today when Minister of State for Law and Justice P P Chaudhary used the term “beg” while laying papers, Naidu reminded him of the advise.

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“No begging please,” Naidu told Chaudhary. He said probably Chaudhary was not present when he had made the suggestion earlier and advised him to avoid using the word “I beg” while laying the papers. “Just rise to say you are laying papers,” he told him and added, “it would be good if begging word is avoided.” No minister or member has used the word since Naidu’s advise on December 15.

Chaudhary took the cue and did not use the word when he was called to lay a different set of papers shortly later. During the paper tabling process, Naidu also chided members for speaking while seated. He then went about conducting the Zero Hour as a strict headmaster reminding members not to deviate from their topics.

Mentioning an incident during Question Hour yesterday when B K Hariprasad of Congress used certain phrases, Naidu said he has decided to close the matter after the member met him this morning and said his remarks were made on the spur of the moment and he held the Chair in high esteem. Incidentally, Hariprasad’s remarks find no mention in the official record of the proceedings of yesterday.

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  1. Dr. Manoj Chakravarty
    Dec 31, 2017 at 6:18 am
    This is not an 'imperial' mindset. It is a fulminant mindset of servility of the people in India. A glittering example is the use of the term 'Sir" and "Madam" to address anyone of position or repute beginning from the school platform. The next in line is use of the term "Your honor" while addressing judiciary. This is the mindset of slaves and not of common and respectable citizens. We are so benumbed with an inferiority complex that we cannot but continue to indulge in pure verbal servility. And as for Mr. VP, he belongs to the same category but pretends to have risen above the crowd after being nominated as VP. His rants are bereft of substance and are mostly immature and impulsive. He reminds me of Joe Biden who speaks first and then appears to cerebrate.
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    1. Nilesh Jain
      Dec 29, 2017 at 1:55 pm
      Leave someone with no friends, no job, no life, defame him as rpst, thief, terrorist and manipulate people that you showed a person, how to live with self respect.
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      1. Parapuram Joseph
        Dec 29, 2017 at 1:36 pm
        Good observation by Shri Venkaiah Naidu. Jai Hind. By the bye, for publicity/promotion sake, I invite readers to view my video - Homage to Pandit Nehru by p g joseph - in . Thank you .
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