?Humbled? by praise, CPI (M)?s Rajeeve
happy with achievements
The Hindu Business
Line, April 27, 2015
?It?s a routine
mission, accomplished to the best of one?s ability,? is all what
P Rajeeve of CPI (M), who completed a six-year-term as a member
of the Rajya Sabha recently, said. Fellow members of the Upper
House could not agree more.
Ansari said that the House will miss Rajeeve who had contributed
significantly to the deliberations through active participation.
Leader of the House
and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said Rajeeve used to dig out
procedure and rules of debates and kept the ruling benches on
?He studied the
rules so well and researched well,? he said and asked Sitaram
Yechury, CPI (M) general secretary, to consider re-nominating
Leader of Opposition
Ghulam Nabi Azad said Rajeeve was an ?encyclopaedia of rules.?
He too wanted Yechury to get Rajeeve back.
BSP supremo Mayawati
said the CPI (M) leader used to put forth his views with all
Ram Gopal Yadav (SP)
said Rajeeve was well versed with rules and procedures and
enriched the House proceedings. D Raja (CPI) said his
performance inside and outside the House was commendable.
Affairs Minister M Venkiah Naidu described Rajeeve as an
Back home in Kerala,
Rajeeve told BusinessLine he was proud of and humbled by all the
attention. He rules out a return to the House since normally CPI
(M) allows leaders from States only one term in Rajya Sabha.
?It?s only that I made good use when my turn was up,? Rajeeve
He attributed his
success to the long hours spent in the House listening to
others. Even the most boring speaker would have something new to
For instance, he
referred to a veteran member, a former governor and judge of
Supreme Court. The Chair would give him a long rope, mostly.
It is from one of
his speeches that Rajeeve got a valuable point to intervene
forcefully in the matter of Parliamentary jurisdiction in the
incorporation of universities during UPA-2 regime.
Another instance was
when Rajeeve forced the sending the Mines and Minerals Bill to a
Select Committee after hours of battle.
He singled out as one of his best his motion for annulment of
Section 79 Rules (IT intermediaries guidelines) 2011.
Rajeeve had argued
that legislative function could not be undertaken by the
executive since it is the sole prerogative of Parliament.
No less a legal and
political luminary than Arun Jaitley paid full compliments to
him for reminding MPs that they had a role in overseeing even
Rajeeve has since
been inducted as a faculty for training and mentoring fresh MPs
in Parliamentary business. He has been requested to make himself
available and visit Delhi for the purpose.
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