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“Members should learn from impressive speeches of Shri Chandra Shekhar and Shri Jagannath Rao Joshi”, says Lok Sabha Speaker

New Delhi, 15 December 2016: Lok Sabha Speaker Smt. Sumitra Mahajan released commemorative volumes on Shri Chandra Shekhar and Shri Jagannath Rao Joshi at a function held in Parliament Library Building today. Speaking on the occasion, Smt. Mahajan recalled the immense contributions of former Prime Minister, Shri Chandra Shekhar and Karnataka Kesari, Shri Jagannath Rao Joshi. She observed that their work, vision and debates were exemplary in every respect and emphasized that Members should learn how to raise important matters from them. Smt. Mahajan underlined that Parliamentarians are representatives of the people. As such, the Parliament is a forum for healthy debates and discussions. The reality, however, is opposite when the proceedings are not running as per the expectations. She observed that Members are expected to raise the issues concerning the people on the floor of the House and hoped that the thought-provoking ideas of Shri Chandra Shekhar and Shri Joshi would help the new members in imbibing the healthy traditions of the Parliament Democracy. Smt. Mahajan highlighted that the impressive speeches delivered by Shri Chandra Shekhar in Parliament were of very high standard and people always listened to them in rapt attention. She said that the vision propounded many years earlier by Shri Jagannath Rao Joshi about food security and inter-linking of rivers is relevant even in the present times. Smt. Mahajan said that such compilations are a good repository of the valuable thoughts of our leaders and have great significance as a treasure for posterity. In addition, they help us to connect the past and the present with the future. The Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs & Chemicals and Fertilisers Shri Ananth Kumar recalled the efforts of Karnataka Kesari, Shri Jagannath Rao Joshi for inclusion of Goa in India. He also recalled Shri Chandra Shekhar and added that he was a great leader & parliamentarian and played a vital role in Indian politics. Shri Neeraj Shekhar, MP, recalled several incidents relating to Shri Chandra Shekhar and hoped that his erudite interventions in Parliament and purposive parliamentary career would encourage members and stakeholders in democratic process. Smt. Mahajan felicitated Shri Neeraj Shekhar, son of former Prime Minister Shri Chandra Shekhar and Member of Rajya Sabha, and Shri S.A. Hemanth Kumar for their contribution and help to prepare the respective commemorative volumes. The function was attended by several Union Ministers, Members and Ex-Members of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. Shri Anoop Mishra, Secretary General Lok Sabha presented the Vote of Thanks.



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