P.J. Kurien is Rajya Sabha
August 22, 2012
Opposition and ruling party put aside differences to felicitate
Cutting across party
lines, members of the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday unanimously elected
Congress leader P.J. Kurien Deputy Chairman of the House. He
succeeds K. Rahman Khan.
The Opposition and
ruling party members put off for a while their confrontation
over the Comptroller and Auditor General report on coal block
allocation ? on which the House was adjourned during question
hour ? to allow the election of Mr. Kurien and subsequent
felicitations by leaders of all parties.
Manmohan Singh, who is also the leader of the House, proposed
Mr. Kurien's name for the post. He was seconded by Leader of the
Opposition Arun Jaitley.
Mr. Kurien's name
was also proposed by Shivanand Tiwari (Janata Dal-United),
Motilal Vora and Karan Singh (both Congress), Dereck O? Brien (Trinamool
Congress), Javed Akhtar (Nominated) and Kanimozhi (Dravida
Munnetra Kazhagam), and seconded by Naresh Agarwal (Samajwadi
Party), Devender Goud (Telugu Desam Party), Praveen Rashtrapal
(Congress), Ram Kripal Yadav (Rashtriya Janata Dal), D.
Bandyopadhyay (Trinamool Congress), Anu Aga (Nominated) and Ram
Kripal Yadav (Rashtriya Janata Dal).
After Chairman Hamid
Ansari announced Mr. Kurien's election, the Prime Minister and
Mr. Jaitley escorted him to his seat. Observing that Mr.
Kurien?s election was unanimous, the Prime Minister said it was
proof of the wide appreciation and support he enjoyed in the
House. Lauding Mr. Kurien?s administrative experience, Dr. Singh
said he had been conducting the proceedings with aplomb and
assured him of cooperation ?to the maximum extent possible.?
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