Rajya Sabha comes together to demand another term for CPM?s P
Times of India,
April 24, 2015
Rajya Sabha was
witness to a rare show of camaraderie on Thursday as members
cutting across party lines demanded that CPM's P Rajeeve be
given another term. Among those requesting a fresh term for
Rajeeve, was leader of the House Arun Jaitley.
Akali Dal's Naresh
Gujral went to the extent of demanding that government should
nominate Rajeeve to the Upper House and give him the outstanding
parliamentarian award for 2013-14. Nominated member Javed Akhtar
said, "He has never seen such love and affection among members
in the past."
Rajeeve and M S
Achutan of CPI retired on April 21 but could not give their
farewell speech as the House was prorogued and could not meet on
April 20 as scheduled earlier. However, both Rajeeve and Achutan
were in the visitor's gallery watching their ex-colleagues heap
generous praise on them. But the hero of the day was Rajeeve who
in his first term won everyone's heart with his hard work and
meticulous research of rules and procedures which often caused
the government great discomfiture.
Jaitley said both
Rajeeve and Achutan were "industrious members" who had near
total attendance. "Rajeeve was industrious in digging out
procedures. He researched various provisions. He was not willing
to let go till the last minute. We all learnt from him. His
departure makes our job easier," he said, asking new CPM general
secretary to get Rajeeve back.
Leader of opposition
Ghulam Nabi Azad called Rajeeve "encylopaedia of rules." "I
don't think any member made a better use of his Ipad than
Rajeeve. The House gained so much from him. Wish he exchanges
his Ipad with mine." BSP leader Mayawati said Rajeeve was her
"neighbour in the House" who always came prepared. "I will
request Yechury to get him another term," she said.
Even more generous
was Derek O'Brien belonging to Trinamool Congress, CPM's
arch-rival in Bengal. "Stranger things happen. Some one from
Trinamool rises to bid farewell, by choice, to CPM leader. This
is the beauty of parliamentary democracy." Sharad Yadav of JD
(U) said Rajeeve raised issues that strengthened the nation.
Rajeeve's exit from the House will be a big loss to his party. "Rajeeve
has been given greater responsibility. He has been made party
secretary of Ernakulam district which is politically very
important. Kerala goes to polls next year. It is easy to call
communists, anarchists but they do contribute to parliamentary
democracy. They are the footsoldiers of secular democracy." At
this point Jaitley asked, "What about the assurance to get him
Yechury said he
respects opinion of the House and will apprise his party of the
for some more time between parliamentary affairs minister
Venkaiah Naidu and Yechury. "I used to admire those who fought
communists. Even without knowing them I admired A K Antony,
Vyalar Ravi, Saugata Roy and others for fighting communists.
Rajeeve is very articulate. I was jealous of him and thought
what is such a knowledgeable person doing in a communist party?"
At this Yechury said, "He is knowledgeable and humble therefore
he is a communist."
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