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MPs must engage in informed debate: VP: The Tribune India


Tribune press service

New Delhi, April 3

On the occasion of Rajya Sabha Day, Deputy Speaker M Venkaiah Naidu said today that the Upper House has played a crucial role in strengthening parliamentary democracy in the country.

Naidu, who is also the Speaker of the Upper House, called on his members to engage in informed and constructive debates with the welfare of the people in mind.

In one of the Twitter posts, the Vice President’s Secretariat quoted Naidu saying, “Greetings on Rajya Sabha Day! Since its establishment, Rajya Sabha has played a crucial role in strengthening parliamentary democracy.

According to the Rajya Sabha website, the Constituent Assembly, which first met on December 9, 1946, also served as the central legislature until 1950, when it was transformed into the “Parliament provisional “.

During this period, the central legislature, known as the Constituent (Legislative) Assembly and later the Provisional Parliament, was unicameral until the first elections in 1952.

A long debate took place in the Constituent Assembly concerning the usefulness of a second chamber in independent India. Ultimately, it was decided to have a bicameral legislature for independent India because the federal structure was seen as the most feasible form of government for such a vast country with immense diversities.

A second chamber called the “Council of States” was therefore created with a composition and a method of election completely different from those of the People’s Chamber elected by direct suffrage.

Rajya Sabha strengthens democracy

Greetings on the day of Rajya Sabha! Since its establishment, Rajya Sabha has played a crucial role in strengthening parliamentary democracy. — Mr. Venkaiah Naidu, President of the Rajya Sabha