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Harivansh today said it would be his endeavor to uphold the dignity of the Upper House

The JD(U) member said, "Treading on rules and procedures framed by our Constitution makers, we can lead the country to greatness...There would be differences in debates, there would be different opinions... We can find out a way.


PTI 09 Aug 2018, 10:39 AM India

Newly elected Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh today said .. would .. his endeavor .. uphold the dignity .. the Upper House and expressed hope that differences would .. ironed out through constructive debates, consensus, and guidance. The journalist-turned-politician exuded confidence that all members will work together and tread .. principles .. Gandhi and Jai Prakash Naryan .. ensure a smooth run .. the House.

The JD(U) member said, "Treading .. rules and procedures framed .. our Constitution makers, .. can lead the country .. greatness...There would .. differences .. debates, there would .. different opinions... .. can find out a way.

"I got this opportunity .. be here...I .. frightened, surrounded .. so many experienced people but this .. my strength too .. you all will guide .. and I assure you I will run the House .. a fair and decent manner," .. said.

He said .. was faced with a "Yaksha Prashna" (complex question) ever since .. became .. MP and delivered a lecture .. a university .. Ara, the land .. great fighter Veer Kunwar Singh after students questioned .. India followed the Western model .. democracy why can't parliamentarians show discipline and dignity and whether the ancient Indian system .. high- level debates and communication .. followed.

Harivansh said students wanted .. know "why don't .. follow discipline, decorum, decency and dignity and run Parliament like them (West .. we adopted their model)" and also questioned why the rich Indian tradition .. high-standard debates were dumped while citing examples .. Shankaracharya and Vedic sage Ashtavakra who went alone .. Janak's Durbar.

He said .. considered this .. "Yaksha Prashna" but the answers lie .. a Gita shloka that says: "For whatever a great man does that very thing other men also do; whatever standard .. sets up, the generality .. men follows the same."

Emphasising that people emulate parliamentarians, .. said they should lead .. example and also urged them .. follow Gandhian principles citing how .. had set 10-12 points .. conduct for all who followed him.

Harivansh also cited Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan's refusal .. take .. the demand .. road and basic infrastructure .. his village .. higher-ups .. saying, "If I .. this for .. village; what about 5.5 lakh other such villages?" "JP's response .. still alive .. my memory ...He said yes .. I say work will happen but .. it happens .. my village and 5.5 lakh other villages are deprived .. what answer will I give .. them. Our grooming was done .. this decent atmosphere," .. said.

Thanking Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP Chief Amit Shah, Leader .. the Opposition, Ghulam Nabi Azad and others for getting him elected .. the post, .. said .. had never envisioned that .. will .. at this post .. Lutyen's Delhi .. he came from a village between two mighty rivers- Ganga and Ghagra where during floods people thought this was the last night .. day .. their life.

"I studied below a tree ... from .. ordinary primary school ...My journey .. Lutyen's Delhi .. elite's Delhi was possible due .. each one .. you.

The foundation .. social awareness was laid ... there was .. road .. the village .. commute ...We used .. be confined .. our homes during floods... People used .. carry the sick .. a charpoy for .. km distances ... .. saw electricity many years later...We started our journey with earthen lamps," .. said.

He said after for .. years .. the job including .. years .. journalism .. was here and quoted Tamil poet Thiruvalluvar. .. said this country has different culture, traditions and under such circumstances, the thinking has .. be different .. he quoted Dr. Radhakrishnan, "We will try .. do within our power .. justify .. the public .. this country that a second chamber .. essential .. prevent hasty legislation."

As soon .. his speech was over, Chairman Venkaiah Naidu invited him .. conduct proceedings and Harivansh adjourned the House till 2 pm. Later, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and members were seen congratulating him .. the House. Ruling NDA candidate and JD(U) member Harivansh were elected .. the Deputy Chairman, securing 125 votes .. against 105 polled .. opposition candidate .. Hariprasad.

The post .. the deputy chairman was lying vacant since the retirement .. P J Kurien .. July 1.

(This story has not been edited .. Devdiscourse staff and .. auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


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