Disruptions in Rajya Sabha finds mention in PM Modi's speech

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Speaking at the Rajya Sabha, Modi said: "Parliament, my own office is always open for you all".

The Chairman, becoming emotional while talking about the repeated disruptions in Parliament, said that he was very hopefuland came with great expectationsas the chairman of the House.

The remarks evoked peals of laughter in the House, which witnessed several light moments during the farewell speeches of retiring members who are about to complete their tenure.

In the middle of her farewell speech in the Rajya Sabha, the outgoing MP was asked to lose weight.

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Amid continuous Parliament disruption, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday lamented the stalling of the Rajya Sabha, saying what happens in the Lok Sabha need not be followed in the upper house. "I wish you success in future". Three nominated members including Sachin Tendulkar, Rekha and Anu Agha also retired.

He, however, said that those members who would return to the House on being re-elected, would be able to participate in this historic Bill. "Please feel free to share your thoughts on vital issues". Making an observation that it was painful for him to see such acrimonious scenes with members rushing into the well to register their protest, Naidu said he was reminded of the disruptions while attending investiture ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Tuesday. "Now they are walking into the well" and the government escapes scrutiny of their working, he said adding earlier the Opposition used to grill ministers about their ministries. I would like to say thjat it is Parliamentarians and legislators who have kept Democracy alive by raising issues of concern of the poor, the backwards and the underprivileged in both Hosues, "Mr Azad said".

This comes as Naresh Agarwal has been a part of the Congress, SP and Bahujan Samaj Party at various times.

He also congratulated Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, RaviShankar Prasad and Jaya Bachchan amid other leaders for their re-election to Rajya Sabha.