Prime Minister Narendra Modi today appreciated the National Congress Party (NCP) and Biju Janata Dal (BJD) for adhering to the norms of the Parliament. He lauded MPs of both the parites for never thronging into well but still making their points effectively.
PM Modi made these remarks during Special Discussion marking the 250th session of Rajya Sabha even as NCP and Shiv Sena are trying to form government in Maharashtra.
“Today I want to appreciate two parties – NCP and BJD.
These parties have wonderfully adhered to Parliamentary norms.
They have never ventured into the well. Yet, they have made
their points very effectively. Much can be learnt from these
practices,” he said.
Reminding that Rajya Sabha is vital for the effective functioning of our democracy, Prime Minister said that the checks and balances provided by the Upper House should not be misused for clogging and blocking.
“The Rajya Sabha is about checks and balances. This is
absolutely essential for our democracy. Debates have to be
many and effective. But, there is also a difference between
checking and clogging (and between) balance and blocking,” PM Modi said.
Addressing the historic session, Prime Minister said that Rajya Sabha made significant contribution to the history of the country and that the house has also seen history being made. He added that the vision of the makers of Indian Constitution in creating a bicameral legislative framework has enriched our democracy.
Prime Minister said that Rajya Sabha is representative of India’s diversity and is a reflection of India’s federal structure. He said that Rajya Sabha never dissolves and its continuance in perpetuity makes the House eternal. Rajya Sabha provides an opportunity to those away from electoral politics to contribute to the nation and its development, PM added.
Prime Minister emphasized the role of Rajya Sabha in furthering the spirit of cooperative federalism as envisioned by the Constitution of India.
He said Rajya Sabha has always risen to the occasion in the interest of nation. In this context, he mentioned about the role of Rajya Sabha in the passage of various important legislations dealing with GST, Triple Talaq and Article 370.
Recalling Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s words on the importance of Rajya Sabha, Prime Minister said that the Rajya Sabha must be a vibrant supportive house for national progress. He also recalled Dr. Balasaheb Ambedkar and his contributions towards national progress and development through the Upper House of Parliament.
“In 2003, Atal Ji had said that the Rajya Sabha may be the second house but no one should think of it as a secondary house. Today, I echo the sentiments of Atal Ji and add that the Rajya Sabha must be a vibrant supportive house for national progress,” PM modi said.
Prime Minister appreciated the ethics displayed by certain Members of Parliament in adhering to parliamentary norms and effectively putting across their opinions without disrupting the functioning of the house. Much can be learnt from these practices, he added.