New Delhi: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu today took over as the Rajya Sabha Chairman and conducted its proceedings, saying the House should debate, discuss and decide on issues but disruptions should be avoided.
Naidu said that he did not approve of legislations being passed in the din and emphasised that it can happen when there are no disruptions, in an apparent response to several opposition members urging him to continue the practice of not allowing any bill to be passed amid pandemonium.
Earlier, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had also said that since 2014, bills were not being passed in the din and had urged that the government's legislative business should be allowed be taken up smoothly.
Naidu said that members belonging to various parties were political rivals but not enemies. "We have to keep this in mind and work together," he said, adding that all members should work to strengthen the country in line with their views and ideologies.
He expressed gratitude that confidence has been reposed on "a humble agriculturist" for such an important duty.