Ra­jya Sabha MPs Wel­come Naidu with Hu­mour, Po­etry

Tri­namool’s Derek O’Brien asks V-P to keep coin­ing acronyms, ju­nior min­is­ter Ram­das Athavale pens a hu­mor­ous poem for him

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics - RakeshMo­han.Chaturvedi @times­group.com

New Delhi: Ra­jya Sabha mem­bers dis­played their sense of hu­mour, their po­etic side, their ide­o­log­i­cal or re­gional prox­im­ity, and their long as­so­ci­a­tion with M Venka­iah Naidu when they wel­comed him to the House mo­ments af­ter he took oath as Vice Pres­i­dent. Af­ter the mar­shal an­nounced his ar­rival, Naidu walked into the House and oc­cu­pied the Chair­per­son’s seat in the usual man­ner that the ex-of­fi­cio head does on a rou­tine work­ing day. The House was more vo­cal though with sev­eral mem­bers shout­ing their wel­come louder than on most days. A few even said “Jai Shri Ram”. Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi led the House in wel­com­ing Naidu. Re­fer­ring to Naidu’s prow­ess with al­lit­er­a­tions and rhymes, Modi said when he speaks- es­pe­cially in Tel­ugu- one feels he is rid­ing on a su­per­fast.

Si­taram Yechury (CPI-M), a fel­low Tel­ugu who wanted to wel­come Naidu in their mother-tongue, re­called that the Vice Pres­i­dent had once told a re­porter that they had ide­o­log­i­cal dif­fer­ences but have worked to­gether in the House. “If I board a train and see Yechury in it, do you ex­pect me to get down,” Yechury said, quot­ing Naidu. Derek O’Brien had com­posed a series of rhyming lines to wel­come Naidu in the lat­ter’s style. He also en­treated Naidu to not shun coin­ing of acronyms that he is fa­mous for. The TMC leader had made one him­self- NAIDU stands for Now All In­dia Dear­est Um­pire- for the new Vice Pres­i­dent and said he should not pass any Bill in a din in the House and be im­par­tial in treat­ing all mem­bers.

Ram­das Athavale (RPI-A), Min­is­ter of State for So­cial Jus­tice, has been try­ing to show his po­etic side for long in Par­lia­ment. He had penned a hu­mor­ous poem for Naidu and took jibes at the Op­po­si­tion too. Other than Yechury, CM Ramesh (TRS) spoke in Tel­ugu to wel­come Naidu. Tiruchi Siva (DMK) wanted to speak in Tamil, a lan­guage Naidu said he un­der­stood. But with no trans­la­tor on duty, he spoke in English.

“If you can co­op­er­ate, I can op­er­ate bet­ter,” Naidu said in his inim­itable style.

IN A LIGHTER VEIN

At one point, when Naidu said speak­ers should ad­here to a time limit, Yechury quipped, “Sir, don’t threaten a sur­gi­cal strike.”

Leader of the House Arun Jait­ley, who has known Naidu since their stu­dent leader days, too spoke on the oc­ca­sion. “Par­lia­ment can’t be the tyranny of the gov­ern­ment but it also can­not be tyranny of the Well,” he said.

Ear­lier, Law Min­is­ter Ravi Shankar Prasad made a sim­i­lar re­mark while wel­com­ing Naidu. “The Op­po­si­tion should have its say but the Trea­sury Benches should also have its way,” he said.

TOP GUNS: Pres­i­dent Ram Nath Kovind greets Vice-Pres­i­dent Venka­iah Naidu af­ter ad­min­is­ter­ing him the oath of of­fice in Rash­tra­p­ati Bha­van on Fri­day. AFP PHOTO

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