Will Up­hold Prin­ci­ples of The Con­sti­tu­tion

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

Na­maste! I have the hon­our of con­test­ing for the of­fice of Vice-Pres­i­dent of In­dia. Along with you, all the Honourable Mem­bers of both Houses of Par­lia­ment con­sti­tute the Elec­toral Col­lege for this post, and vot­ing will be on Satur­day, Au­gust 5, 2017.

Drawn into pub­lic life soon af­ter I en­tered col­lege, I have as­so­ci­ated my­self with peo­ple’s con­cerns for over four decades. I have been elected to the Andhra Pradesh Leg­isla­tive Assem­bly twice and have been a Mem­ber of Ra­jya Sabha for four con­sec­u­tive terms since 1998. I have also had the priv­i­lege of serv­ing as Union Min­is­ter of Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment, Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment, Hous­ing & Ur­ban Poverty Alle­vi­a­tion, Par­lia­men­tary Af­fairs and In­for­ma­tion & Broad­cast­ing. In ad­di­tion, I have served as the Na­tional Pres­i­dent of the Bharatiya Janata Party.

As a Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment, you may have seen my hard work and the pas­sion with which I have tried to bring about changes as Union Min­is­ter in the ar­chi­tec­ture of new schemes and pro­grammes, pro­cesses and sys­tems of de­ci­sion mak­ing and im­ple­men­ta­tion. In par­tic­u­lar, I have laid special em­pha­sis on the in­volve­ment of States, the fed­er­at­ing units of the Union of In­dia. I am a firm be­liever in the prin­ci­ple of co­op­er­a­tive fed­er­al­ism.

On be­ing elected, I would get to chair the pro­ceed­ings of Ra­jya Sabha, the repos­i­tory of the col­lec­tive knowl­edge, wisdom and ex­pe­ri­ence of its distin­guished mem­bers. The House of El­ders has played an im­por­tant role over the years as a pil­lar of our po­lit­i­cal democ­racy. It may be re­quired to play an even more im­por­tant role in the years ahead as we seek to build a new and mod­ern In­dia that con­fers ad­di­tional rights on every ci­ti­zen and con­fers dig­nity on those who had hith­erto lacked the abil­ity to take full ad­van­tage of cit­i­zen­ship. As a ris­ing na­tion we have the oner­ous re­spon­si­bil­ity of over­com­ing poverty, il­lit­er­acy, so­cial and gen­der dis­crim­i­na­tion, cor­rup­tion and the de­base­ment of pol­i­tics. In this chal­leng­ing cen­tury, we must build an op­por­tu­nity so­ci­ety for all In­di­ans and, in the process, con­trib­ute to the bet­ter­ment of the world.

I am fully con­scious of the role and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of Par­lia­ment in fur­ther­ing the cause of the na­tion. With my long ex­pe­ri­ence of leg­isla­tive work, I am also con­scious of the rights, re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and priv­i­leges of our MPs, the law mak­ers.

I would like to as­sure you that on be­ing elected as the Vi­cePres­i­dent of In­dia, it shall be my en­deav­our to de­fend and up­hold the ideals that pro­pelled the free­dom strug­gle, the spirit and the prin­ci­ples of the Con­sti­tu­tion of In­dia in­clud­ing Jus­tice, Lib­erty, Equal­ity and Fra­ter­nity and the cher­ished val­ues of na­tional unity and in­te­gra­tion.

Af­ter as­sum­ing Of­fice as the 14th Pres­i­dent of In­dia, Shri Ram­nath Kovind ji has re­it­er­ated that plu­ral­ism and unity in di­ver­sity are the pil­lars on which In­dia’s na­tion­hood rests. He has also re­minded us of the need to en­sure so­cial and eco­nomic equal­ity that Dr. B.R. Ambed­kar re­ferred to in his last ad­dress to the Con­stituent Assem­bly on Novem­ber 25, 1949. It shall be my earnest en­deav­our to strengthen the hands of the Pres­i­dent of In­dia in achiev­ing th­ese goals.

Since In­de­pen­dence, our coun­try has taken ma­jor strides in dif­fer­ent spheres. Par­lia­ment and suc­ces­sive gov­ern­ments have played their part in pro­pel­ling the coun­try for­ward. Yet, there is a lot more to be achieved. More­over, we to­day face the chal­lenges posed by ter­ror­ism, cli­mate change, eco­nomic and cul­tural glob­al­i­sa­tion and the op­por­tu­ni­ties and dis­rup­tions of tech­nol­ogy. It shall be my en­deav­our to fa­cil­i­tate the proper con­duct of the Ra­jya Sabha so that all Honourable MPs can con­trib­ute their best to the mak­ing of a New In­dia. I fully share the op­ti­mism of the 125 crore coun­try­men about their fu­ture and of the coun­try.

As a par­lia­men­tary col­league, you have been ac­quainted with me both pro­fes­sion­ally and per­son­ally. I seek your sup­port for my can­di­da­ture for the con­sti­tu­tional post of Vice-Pres­i­dent of In­dia. I can as­sure you that I will up­hold the dig­nity of of­fice and pro­tect our col­lec­tive con­sti­tu­tional in­her­i­tance. I humbly seek your vote on Au­gust 5.

With re­gards and best wishes, Yours sin­cerely, M Venka­iah Naidu

VENKA­IAH NAIDU

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