Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the leader of the opposition in Rajya Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge, laughed Thursday ahead of the farewell ceremony of 72 resigning MPs from the upper house.
Prime Minister Modi walked into the area this morning for a group photo with the Rajya Sabha members who are retiring in the coming months. He saw him along the way greeting all leaders, including DMK MP Tiruchi Siva and Sharad Pawar, head of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).
When the prime minister came to the center of the photo opportunity area, he was seen holding the hand of the opposition leader in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge.
The two chatted for some time and exchanged laughter.
While the Prime Minister referred to Kharge and asked them to slow down and allow the House to function, Kharge in turn told the Prime Minister that it is his party’s job to ask questions and the Prime Minister and his government must answer . The two leaders finally laughed and parted ways.
The Rajya Sabha on Thursday said goodbye to 72 members who will be retiring from March to July this year.
The 72 outgoing members are AK Anthony, Ambika Soni, P Chidambaram, Anand Sharma, Jairam Ramesh, Suresh Prabhu, Praful Patel, Dr Subramonian Swamy, Prasanna Acharya, Sanjay Raut, Naresh Gujral, Satish Chandra Mishra, MC Mary Kom, Swapan Dasgupta, Dr Narendra Jadhav.
Sixty-five outgoing members represented 19 states, while 7 are nominated members.
The Prime Minister bid farewell to the 72 outgoing Rajya Sabha MPs and said they should come back to the House given their rich parliamentary experience.
During a speech in the Senate, the Prime Minister noted that the outgoing MPs are also those who have served as members of the Rajya Sabha for three and four terms.
“We have been in this Parliament for a long time. This House has also contributed a lot to us. In fact, the House has given us more than we have contributed,” said the Prime Minister, who at the beginning of his farewell address wished the outgoing MPs back to could enter the House of Representatives.
The Prime Minister stated that the outgoing MPs are sources of experience. “Sometimes experiences are more useful than academic knowledge. The experience helps us solve problems and the mistakes of the new are minimized,” said the prime minister in the Rajya Sabha.
He also said that such MPs should bring their rich experience to all parts of the country.
“The House naturally has a sense of loss when MPs leave with so much experience. Those who have no experience have a lot more responsibilities. Let us conclude that everything we have learned from the outgoing MPs must be handed over to the advancement of the nation. will say to the outgoing members ‘come again’,” he added
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