Marking the Rajya Sabha's 250th session, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday addressed the house in a special session. He highlighted the importance of the upper house of the Parliament. The Prime Minister in his speech said that he is happy to be participating in a special discussion to mark a special occasion - the 250th of the Rajya Sabha. He said: "The makers of our Constitution envisioned a bicameral legislative framework and this vision has enriched our democracy."
Prime Minister Modi said that there are two things due to which Rajya Sabha stands out. He called it eternal and said that the house is supportive, not a secondary house. He also added that it gives opportunity to the non-elected members to represent their views. PM Modi said that the upper house is the soul of the federal structure of India.
"Two things about the Rajya Sabha stand out: It’s permanent nature. I can say that it is eternal. It is also representative of India’s diversity. This House gives importance to India’s federal structure. The Rajya Sabha allows those away from electoral politics to contribute to the nation and its development. Who can forget that it was through the Rajya Sabha that a stalwart like Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar could contribute even more to national progress. Our Constitution inspires us to work for a Welfare State. It also motivates us to work for the welfare of states. The Rajya Sabha, as the Council of States, enables us to further the spirit of cooperative federalism," PM Modi said.
Earlier in the day, he had said: "This the last session of 2019 and is Rajya Sabha's 250th session. After this session is our 70th Republic Day marking 70 years of our Constitution. Our Constitution is a mark of India's unity and binds together our diversity. The 70th year of the Constitution can become an opportunity of awareness for citizens through this Parliament."
Recalling the 200th year of Rajya Sabha, PM Modi said that during that time also NDA was in power and late former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee had said something memorable. PM Modi said: "In 2003, Atal Ji had said that the Rajya Sabha may be the second house but no one should think of it as a secondary house. Today, I echo the sentiments of Atal Ji and add that the Rajya Sabha must be a vibrant supportive house for national progress."
Hailing the upper house for passing important bills, the Prime Minister said that the upper house paved the way for laws that have brought historical changes in the country. He mentioned Triple Talaq Bill, GST,10% reservation for general category and Article 370. He said: "Everyone thought Triple Talaq will get stuck in the Rajya Sabha but it is the maturity of this house that passed this significant bill and made it to law. It was this house that passed the historic 10 % reservation for poor families in General category, same with section 370 and GST."
We can never forget the role of the Rajya Sabha when Bills pertaining to Articles 370 and 35(A) were passed.— PMO India (@PMOIndia) November 18, 2019
This House has worked to further unity: PM @narendramodi
As Prime Minister Modi concluded his speech in the Rajya Sabha, he praised NCP and BJP for following Parliamentary norms.He said that all the parties including his own - BJP should learn from them. He also said that their politics is not hampered if they are following the norms, therefore, he said all the parties must learn from them.
Today I want to appreciate two parties:@NCPspeaks @bjd_odisha— PMO India (@PMOIndia) November 18, 2019
These parties have wonderfully adhered to Parliamentary norms. They have never ventured into the well. Yet, they have made their points very effectively.
Much can be learnt from these practices: PM @narendramodi
The winter session of the Parliament is beginning on November 18 and will undertake almost 35 legislations and will have 20 sittings. The session, which will end on December 13, will see a total of 20 sittings. Currently, there are 43 bills pending in Parliament. Of these, 12 Bills are listed for consideration and passing and seven are listed for withdrawal. Twenty-seven bills are listed for introduction, consideration, and passing. Of the various bills, two of the most contentious bills which the Modi government eyes to pass in this session is the National River Ganga Bill 2019 and the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2019.