The Prime Minister,
Shri Narendra Modi, today joined the members of the Rajya Sabha, in
welcoming Vice President Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu, as Chairman of the
The Prime Minister began his welcome remarks by recalling that today,
11thAugust, was the day when a young revolutionary of the freedom
struggle, Shri Khudiram Bose, was hanged by the British. He said that
the event reminds us of the sacrifice of those who fought for freedom,
and the responsibility that this places on all of us. The Prime Minister
said that Shri Venkaiah Naidu is the first Vice President born in
Independent India. He added that Shri Naidu has long experience, and is
well-versed in the intricacies of Parliamentary procedures.
Recalling his long association with Shri Venkaiah Naidu, the Prime
Minister said Shri Naidu is always sensitive to the requirements of the
rural areas, the poor and the farmers, and his inputs on these issues
have been of immense value.
The Prime Minister said that the fact that people from humble, rural
background, today occupy the highest positions in India, shows the
maturity of Indian democracy, and the strength of India’s Constitution.