Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said people’s hearts could be won by political parties even without rushing to the Well of the House to register their protest even as he assured the Opposition that the government was ready to discuss every issue.
Addressing the House during a special discussion marking 250th session of the Rajya Sabha, PM Modi extolled the virtues of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Biju Janata Dal for adhering to parliamentary norms by not entering the Well of the House. Follow LIVE Updates
“Today I want to appreciate two parties, NCP and BJD. These parties have strictly adhered to parliamentary norms. They have never gone into the well. Yet, they have raised their points very effectively. Other parties, including mine, can learn from them. People’s hearts can be won even without rushing to the Well,” PM Modi said.
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With the government having witnessed how disruptions in Rajya Sabha in the past had hindered the passage of crucial legislations, the prime minister said the Upper House was about checks and balances. “This is absolutely essential…here is also a difference between checking and clogging,” PM Modi said.
Recalling the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s words, PM Modi said, “In 2003, Atal ji had remarked that Rajya Sabha may be the second house but it should not be called a secondary house…the Rajya Sabha must be an active supportive house for national development.”
In his 25-minute speech, PM Modi further said one can never forget the role of the Rajya Sabha when bills related to Articles 370 and 35(A) were passed.
“Whenever it has been about national good, the Rajya Sabha has risen to the occasion and made a strong contribution. It was believed that the Bill on Triple Talaq would not pass here but it did. Even GST became a reality after it was passed in the Rajya Sabha,” he said.
PM Modi also said the Rajya Sabha gave an opportunity to those away from electoral politics to contribute to the nation and its development.
“Who can forget that it was through the Rajya Sabha that a stalwart like Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar could contribute even more to national progress,” he said, adding Ambedkar was never allowed to be elected to the Lok Sabha.