Venkaiah sworn in as Vice-President

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 12 Aug 2017 08:52:27


Delhi Bureau and Agencies


Naidu took oath in Hindi in the name of God

Prime Minister said Naidu is sensitive to the requirements of the rural areas

M Venkaiah Naidu was on Friday sworn in as the 15th Vice President of India. President Ramnath Kovind administered the oath of office to Naidu, 68, at a brief ceremony in the Durbar Hall of Rashtrapati Bhavan attended by political leaders cutting across party lines.

Wearing his trademark white panche (lungi) and white shirt, Naidu took oath in Hindi in the name of God. While he is the 15th Vice President, he is the 13th person to hold the constitutional post. His predecessor Hamid Ansari and the first Vice President S Radhakrishnan had held the post for two consecutive terms.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, ex-Vice President Ansari, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, BJP veteran L K Advani, several Union ministers, governors and chief ministers attended the ceremony.

SP leader Mulayam Singh Yadav, NCP’s Tariq Anwar, CPI leader D Raja, TMC leaders Sudip Bandhopadhyay and Derek O’ Brien and AIADMK’s O Panneerselvam were also seen.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his Bihar counterpart Nitish Kumar — who has joined hands with the BJP in his State — also attended the ceremony. After the ceremony, President Kovind, Prime Minister Modi, ex-Vice President Ansari, Vice Presdent Naidu, and Advani were seen seated together.

Naidu’s wife M Usha was also present. The Leader of the House Arun Jaitley joined the welcome session a bit late as he was stuck up in Lok Sabha during Question Hour, where the first five starred questions listed belonged to either the Finance Ministry or the Defence Ministry, both held by him.
Earlier, joining the members of Rajya Sabha in welcoming Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu as Chairman of the House, Prime Minister Narendra Modi recalled that it was on this day that a young revolutionary of the freedom struggle Khudiram Bose was hanged by the British. He said that the event reminds us of the sacrifice of those who fought for freedom, and the responsibility it places on all of us.

The Prime Minister said that Venkaiah Naidu is the first Vice President born in Independent India, adding that Naidu has long experience and is well-versed in the intricacies of Parliamentary procedures.
Recalling his long association with him, the Prime Minister said Naidu is sensitive to the requirements of the rural areas, the poor and the farmers, and his inputs on these issues have been of immense value.

Welcoming the new chairman on behalf of the entire Opposition, the Leader of Opposition in the House and senior Congress Member Ghulam Nabi Azad said
that it’s twice a responsibility to run the Upper House as the members have to meet the expectations of the MLAs who elected them, and the people who elected the MLAs in the
first place.

People like judges, Speaker and chairman Rajya Sabha have a scale behind them to remind us that they are impartial, he said, adding that they have to be just and impartial so that House may function properly.

He said that our House has double the responsibility that is why it must maintain the tradition that no Bill passes through this House in the din. Azad hoped that the tradition would continue.