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Parliament Highlights: RS bids farewell to Hamid Ansari, Union minster urges not to politicize Chandigarh stalking case

Thursday was the last working day of outgoing vice president Hamid Ansari, the chairman of Rajya Sabha.

india Updated: Aug 10, 2017 18:13 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Vice president Hamid Ansari at the Rajya Sabha on Thursday.(Rajya Sabha TV)

On his last day as Rajya Sabha chairman, Hamid Ansari was on Thursday accorded a warm farewell by leaders from across the political spectrum, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying that he had done his best to uphold the Constitution.

Ansari served two terms as the vice president by virtue of which he was the chairman of the Rajya Sabha as well.

M Venkaiah Naidu will take over as the next Chairman of the Upper House of Parliament on Friday.

Here are the highlights of the day:

6:00 pm: Lok Sabha adjourned for the day.

5:47pm: Don’t politicize Chandigarh stalking case, law will take its course. Even the girl appreciated prompt action by Police: Parliamentary affairs minister Ananth Kumar.

5:45 pm: MPs in the Lok Sabha speak on the issue of safety of women in the country.

5:50 pm: Rajya Sabha adjourned till Friday.

5:08 pm: MoS finance Arjun Ram Meghwal introduces Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance (FRDI) Bill, 2017 in the Lok Sabha.

4:12 pm: “Is the government shying away from its responsibility as owner of banks,” asks Jairam Rameshon transfer of additional powers to bank regulator RBI.

4:09 pm: Rajya Sabha resumes discussion on Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill 2017.

4:02 pm:. Rajya Sabha member Anand Sharma says in Wednesday’s commemorative discussion on Quit India Movement, a member mentioned Nathuram Godse as a patriot. Urges the House to remove it from record.

2.48pm: Amid farewell speech, Digvijaya Singh takes up the issue of Narmada Bachao Andolon leader Medha Patkar in Madhya Pradesh.

2.30pm: Rajya Sabha bids farewell to outgoing members.

1pm: Democracy will become a tyranny if it doesn’t allow the opposition to question the government’s policy, vice president Hamid Ansari says as he demits the office.

12.32pm: In the Lok Sabha, Gaurav Gogoi of Congress demands Rs 1000 crore package for northeastern states affect by the recent floods.

12.27pm: People love your great statesmanship, says former prime minister Manmohan Singh.

12.26pm: As PM of India, I received maximum possible guidance and cooperation from you, says Manmohan Singh.

12.01pm: In the Lok Sabha, Satabdi Ray from AITC demands equal pay for female sportspersons.

11.50am: Lok Sabha discusses promotion and development of sports.

11.35am: You stood like a rock in defence in the interest of this House, you brought gravitas to the Rajya Sabha, says Sitaram Yechuri, whose term as a member of the House also ends today.

11.15am: Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad, thanks Hamid Ansari for his contribution to the nation as the vice president of India.

11.12am: Your diplomatic insights were invaluable, especially when I discussed with you before and after my bilateral visits: PM Modi tells outgoing vice president Hamid Ansari.

11.10am: Prime Minister Hamid Ansari has been a career diplomat, what it means I got to know when I became PM, observing him I saw mannerisms of career diplomat.

11.08am: Vice president Hamid Ansari ji leaves with great memories, his contribution has been important, says Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Rajya Sabha.

11am: Rajya Sabha members bid farewell to vice president Hamid Ansari on his last working day.

First Published: Aug 10, 2017 11:18 IST