Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday welcomed as the Rajya Sabha Chairman, saying he is the first who was born in independent India, adding that the former Union Minister knows the workings of the House very well after being active in it for so long. Naidu takes over the charge from whose second term ended on Thursday. Praising Naidu for his various rural development schemes, Prime Minister Modi said, “Venkaiah Naidu has gifted the nation with Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana,
“Venkaiah Naidu is a farmer’s son and during his tenure as Poverty Alleviation Minister, he has always upheld the interests of the poor, said Modi while speaking in Rajya Sabha. Modi further stated that the presence of a farmer’s son in a highly dignified position is a proof of a “matured democracy” in India. Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad advised the former to be unbiased and give importance to justice above any party or religion.
“When one person is in a particular party, he works his best to spread the party’s ideologies and view point among people. But when the same person becomes a minister, his responsibility turns towards both the party and people of India. There’s a third position, where Venkaiah Naidu is in today and I congratulate you for that; this position reminds us of the fact that we have to be unbiased. When one is in this position, wisdom and justice becomes more important than party or religion,” Azad said in the House.