New Delhi, Jul 24: The Rajya Sabha on Wednesday bid adieu to five retiring Members and recalled their contributions to the Upper House.
Soon after the House assembled at 11am, Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu informed about the retirement of five lawmakers from Tamil Nadu.
Lauding their contributions, the Chairman said, "The House will miss their vivacious, aggressive and progressive actions". The retiring Members are-- D Raja, Dr Maithreyan, KR Arjunan, Dr R Lakshmanan and T Rathnavel. Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad, while bidding farewell to them, said, 'I will miss many of these members, especially D Raja and he gets to make three-four speeches every day". "That's because he is Raja!" Mr Naidu quipped.
Referring to the contribution of Dr Maithreyan to the Upper House, Mr Azad said, 'I still do not know why Dr Maithreyan entered politics! He is an oncologist. He could easily earn Rs 2 crore, but chose service over money and is earning Rs 2,000 per day here. I wish the AIADMK gives him another term".
Leader of the House Thawarchand Gehlot recalled his association with D Raja and Dr Maithreyan. 'I wish all of them a bright future as they have dedicated their lives in serving the society.' Expressing gratitude towards his leader late J Jayalalithaa, Dr Maithreyan said the credit of his long stint of 14-and-a-half years goes to her. Choking with emotions, he said 'This is my sunset years.'
He remembered the ailing Arun Jaitley and wished him a speedy recovery and thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Dr Maithreyan also mentioned the Chairman, Leader of Opposition, AIADMK leaders, Jairam Ramesh, Ram Gopal Yadav and other leaders.
Recalling the times of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam leaders and Jayalalithaa, he said, "It is my turn to look at Tamil Nadu from India's prism". While making his farewell speech, D Raja said, 'We consider Parliament to be the supreme institution in our democracy. I wish it remains how it was visualised by Ambedkar and other reformers'.
Mr Raja also spoke on Women's Reservation Bill and women empowerment. "Raja has only retired, he is not tired," the Chairman said after his speech. Lawmakers KR Arjunan, Dr R Lakshmanan, T Rathnavel also thanked the Members of the House and said they were returning to their state with great satisfaction.
AIADMK lawmaker Navaneethakrishnan, while bidding adieu to his colleagues, said the retirement of these Members is a loss the House. Even Raja was elected by Amma, he added. DMK lawmaker Tiruchi Siva praised Maithrayen describing him a real fighter. The leaders of other political parties in the House spoke about the contributions made by the retiring Members and wished them good luck for future. (UNI)