New Delhi | Former CPI-M Member P Rajeeve’s sterling performance in the Upper House came in for rare appreciation with even prime adversary, the BJP, paying handsome tribute to the former member for his legal acumen that had kept the NDA Government on its toes.
Leader of the House and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley noted that the CPM Member and CPI’s M P Achuthan — both were dedicated workers serious about their work.
He praised the two for their pleasant inter-personal relationships, adding with a smile to remove any sting in the words that Rajeeve’s departure makes our job easier.
By digging out new ways to nail the government, Mr Rajeeve showed that by studying rules and regulations how what passed off as routine could be questioned, the Minister, who had sparred with the former on many a memorable occasion, said.
With Members unanimously wanting that Mr Rajeeve return to the House at the earliest and requested newly-elevated General Secretary Sitaram Yechury to concede the demand.
Mr Yechury responded saying that the words reflected the work done by his party colleague.
With House Chairman M Hamid Ansari conceding the demand for a farewell for the just retired Member in an unusual departure all political representatives expressed appreciation for the Left Member who had given the government a tough time by upholding to the rule book.
Stressing the role played by the now diminishing ranks of the Left, Mr Yechury said the Left had played a stellar role in strengthening democracy.
The term of the two of three members from Kerala expired on April 21 and only Mr Valayar Ravi from Congress was elected. Ghulam Nabi Azad, Congress, described the Member as an encyclopaedia on rules making optimum use of his iPad.
Similarly, Ms Mayawati, BSP, seconded Mr Azad that Mr Rajeeve should be sent as a Member saying that he had put even the Chair to discomfiture with his knowledge of Parliamentary rules.