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M Venkaiah Naidu's first address to the Rajya Sabha after being sworn in
In his maiden speech to the House after being sworn in as the Vice-President of India on August 11, M Venkaiah Naidu as Chairman of Rajya Sabha said that the 'beauty and majesty of our Parliamentary democracy and its strength as well' was that it could 'lift a commoner like me to such an exalted position and offer opportunities to discharge onerous responsibilities that go with this position', stated an official release.

"I am grateful to all the concerned for reposing faith and confidence in me and entrusting such responsibility to me. At the outset, I would like to assure all of you that it shall be my endeavour to live up to your expectations," he assured.

He promised, "It shall be my endeavour to promote an atmosphere of cordiality and trust in each other. Our nation needs a new normal in the functioning of our legislatures. It shall be my endeavour to enable this august House reach such a new normal with the cooperation of all of you."

He was of the view that the House of Elders was meant to ensure federal equilibrium and equanimity in legislation with a provision to nominate a good number of knowledgeable persons from different walks of life to further enrich the debates which was expected to protect the interests of the States in the federal scheme of things.

-Political democracy is a sacred instrument for pursuit of national interests. But a fractious polity, finding its echo in the legislatures impedes the forward march of our country and the people.

-An emerging economy like ours should be guided more by a shared destiny in the functioning of our legislatures.

-Unfortunately, obstruction and disruption of the proceedings is increasingly being chosen as the first parliamentary option in our legislatures across the country. This has serious implications for our parliamentary democracy.

-Nation building through all round and speedy socio-economic development is not the sole prerogative and responsibility of the Governments of the day. It is a national task requiring national effort.

-The executive also needs to acknowledge that it is in their interest to take opposition on board since any legislation with the constructive support of opposition enhances the public esteem and acceptability of the laws made. A new normal in the functioning of our legislatures is possible with this enlightened approach.

He advised the members of the House to be 'guided by the right of the people for a better future' and go by  'a spirit of competitive and cooperative federalism to quicken the pace of development to offer more opportunities to the people for bettering their lives'.

Thanking the members of the House, he said, "I am at your service and always open to your suggestions for improving the functioning of this august House as per your collective wisdom." 

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