Never rushed to Well to stall
The Economic Times,
April 24, 2015
Retired Rajya Sabha
member P Rajeeve today said he never rushed to the Well of the
House to stall proceedings but by effective Parliamentary
intervention. I have never rushed to the Well to stall the House
proceedings but I have done it by making effective Parliamentary
intervention, said Rajeeve, who was given a grand farewell
yesterday by his colleagues in absentia.
You need not troop
into the Well to stall proceedings of the House. One can stall
the proceedings of the House through effective parliamentary
intervention on real issues concerning the people and the
country, the CPI(M) leader said at a Meet the Press Programme
organised by Ernakulam Press Club here.
He was responding to
queries on his six year experience as a Rajya Sabha member.
Rajeeve, who has not been nominated by his party for a second
term, said Rajya Sabha proceedings were stalled on more than 10
occasions due to the serious nature of the issues raised by him.
He narrated how the then UPA government was forced to defer
introduction of a bill in Rajya Sabha for setting up an
agriculture university in Bundelkhand region in 2011 after he
argued that as per the Union List, the Central Government had no
right to bring a legislation for incorporation of a university.
I did not troop into
the Well of the House. But the House was adjourned two, three
times over the issue. I could see slogan shouting members of the
SP and BSP in the Well moments after I raised the matter, he
said. A day after members cutting across party lines asked his
party leader Sitaram Yechury, the new CPI(M) General Secretary,
to consider getting him elected again to the Rajya Sabha,
Rajeeve said he feels humbled by the love and affection showered
on him by the members of the Upper House while bidding farewell
to him and two other colleagues in absentia.
He said he had
learnt a lot during his six year tenure in Rajya Sabha. During
their farewell speech, leaders cutting across party lines,
including Leader of the House and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley,
Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, BSP chief
Mayawati had asked Yechury to consider getting Rajeeve elected
again to the Upper House.
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