MPs across parties:
?Mr Yechury, please bring P Rajeeve back?
The Indian Express,
April 24, 2015
Farewells in the
Rajya Sabha are usually solemn, at times emotional. On Thursday,
it was also about comradeship as MPs across parties rooted for
the return of a member freshly retired.
One by one, opposition and ruling coalition MPs asked CPM
general secretary Sitaram Yechury to bring P Rajeeve back to the
Rajya Sabha. The Akali Dal?s Naresh Gujral went to the extent of
asking the government to nominate him to the Rajya Sabha,
besides expressing the hope Rajeeve would be chosen for the
Outstanding Parliamentarian award for 2014-15.
Rajeeve retired on April 21, along with the CPI?s M P Achuthan.
Since the Rajya Sabha was prorogued, the House could not bid
them farewell. On Thursday, they were in the visitors? gallery,
Rajeeve with his wife and two children, as member after member
praised him for his frequent interventions and the way he used
his knowledge of the rules and procedures.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley spoke first. He said both Rajeeve
and Achuthan were ?extremely serious about their work?,
?extremely industrious in digging out new procedures and ways of
putting forth their points of view?.
?As far as we in the treasury benches are concerned, for more
than one good reason we will miss Rajeeve,? Jaitley said. ?His
departure makes our job easier because whoever was in
government, he used to keep them on their toes,? Jaitley said.
??We have all learnt from him. And now that Sitaram Yechury is
in a position of greater authority, I think he will give full
consideration to our desire to have Rajeeve back sooner or
Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad recalled how he asked
Rajeeve to exchange his tablet with him. ?I would give him a
fresh laptop, so that I wouldn?t have to go through various
books to find out which rule fits where,? he said.
Mayawati, Sharad Yadav, Ram Gopal Yadav and others repeated the
request to Yechury. ?What does P in P Rajeeve stand for?? said
Derek O?Brien, quizmaster-turned-MP. ?I have that answer. P in P
Rajeeve stands for Parliamentary Rajeeve.?
Yechury said Rajeeve?s retirement is a personal loss to him and
a loss to his party. ?Rajeeve has been given much greater
responsibilities of the party in Kerala? I am very, very
grateful and honoured by the comments made by various leaders
and the suggestions to bring him back? We will definitely
reconsider it very seriously.?
He said it has become ?fashionable nowadays to say that
communists are basically anarchists, slogan shouters? Here, as a
communist, his case is showing how you can contribute not only
to the progress of the country but also to the parliamentary
democracy in the House.?
This news can also be viewed at: