Next Vice President of India :
M Venkaiah Naidu, NDA nominee, was last week elected as the next Vice President of India. Addressing the media today, he said that in his new role as India’s Vice President he should not talk about politics. But he said that didn’t mean he won’t raise issues which concerned the people. Following the eminent APJ Abdul Kalam who successfully made Raisina Hill approachable for the common man, Naidu said he aimed to do the same.
Naidu said he was studying intensely the towering figures of his predecessors S Radhakrishnan and Zakir Hussain, and how they functioned in the Vice Presidential office. He plans to follow in their successful footsteps for the betterment of people stating, “I am studying how Radhakrishnan functioned, what Hidayatullah did and what Zakir Hussein did.”
He said, “I should not talk about politics in this responsibility. Not supposed to speak and I am not going to speak also. It does not mean one should not speak about issues concerning people’s lives and what is good for people,” adding that he intended to consult officials on how he should go about his new responsibility as the Vice President of India.
Naidu said that as the Chairperson of the Rajya Sabha, he would try to ensure that the House takes up constructive debates. He aimed to see that all members get an equal opportunity to speak, especially those from the Opposition. He said he would try to create such an environment which would facilitate the easy passing of important government bills.
He said it was vital that development should be the country’s agenda, noting that illiteracy, poverty, economic divergence, discrimination towards certain sections of society and environmental negligence was continuing still. Naidu was reminiscent as he recalled his 4-decade long association with Hyderabad. He said back then, in the 1980’s, when he was a member he used to sit endlessly for hours in the undivided Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly Library. He acknowledged that he always shared a close association with Hyderabad scribes who, he says had a major role in his public life success.