<b>XIII LOK SABHA DEBATES, <i> Session I </i> </b>
XIII LOK SABHA DEBATES, Session I Friday, October 22, 1999/Asvina 30, 1921 (Saka)

Title: Felicitations offered by the Members of Parliament to the Speaker.

11.18 hrs.

MR. SPEAKER: The Prime Minister, Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

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SHRIMATI SONIA GANDHI (AMETHI): Hon. Speaker Sir, it gives me great pleasure on behalf of the Congress Party and on my own behalf to offer my congratulations and felicitations on your unanimous election to the high office of Speaker of the Lok Sabha.

Sir, the present task is not new to you having presided over the Twelfth Lok Sabha. Despite your sudden elevation to this high office in 1998, in a short period of time, you found your way through the maze of rules and regulations and conventions and you dealt fairly and impartially towards each section of the House.

Just as it is the hon. Speaker's task to be the custodian of the traditions of this House, so it is the task of us all to set examples of dignified debate and productive discussion. This Chamber resonates with history, the voices of many Indians. Many great men and women have spoken here eloquently and passionately on great issues of the day.

Today, we embark on a new Session which will carry us to a new millennium.

Our deliberations are followed and watched by vast numbers of our people. It is, therefore, imperative that we adhere to the highest traditions of Parliamentary decorum and language. We, the Members of the Congress Party in this House, shall endeavour to do so at all times.

Hon. Speaker, Sir, you are the guarantor of the rights and privileges of the Lok Sabha. We, on our part, offer you our fullest cooperation and we look forward to serving under your leadership.

I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate all the Members of this House on their election.

SHRI SOMNATH CHATTERJEE (BOLPUR): Mr. Speaker, Sir, on my behalf and on behalf of my Party, I beg to convey our heartiest felicitations, greetings and also best wishes on your re-assumption of the high Office of the Speaker.

Sir, I am sure the people of Amalapuram are also very happy and proud today. Your unanimous choice today does reflect not only the composition of the present House but also because respect, faith and confidence that you earned during your short tenure in the Twelfth Lok Sabha as the Presiding Officer. Last time, there were some lurking doubts because of the crude, inept and unprofessional manner in which the issue was handled by those in charge of it. But soon, they were dispelled because of your ability and capacity to learn, because of your amiable disposition which was tempered with firmness, because of your holding the scale even, because of your commitment to the democratic principles and your desire to uphold the highest traditions of this House. Sir, you have proved yourself and we wish you well.

It is trite to say that this House belongs to all. More so, it belongs to the Opposition which has to work as the watchdog of the urges and aspirations of the people and over the functioning of the Government. I have no doubt that you will uphold the dignity and the decorum of this House and give fullest opportunities to the Members, specially those who are not sitting in the front Benches. I have no doubt that you will give fullest opportunities to them to participate in the deliberations of this House. But I apprehend this may not be a very tame affair to run this House. It may not be a routine matter. With the weird combination that is going as an alliance, you may have trouble more from your Right than the Left. The Ram Temple issue is now on the shelf. But Ramakrishna is sulking. Chautala is absent. Prabhunath and Jai Narain are waiting in the wings. Therefore, there may be trouble there. But, Sir, we assure you fullest cooperation and support so far as my Party is concerned.

I have no doubt that you will not allow the dignity and the decorum of the House to be compromised. Let there not be mini speakers on the floor of the House that we had experienced last time.

Sir, we wish you well and you have our best wishes. We commit our party to fully cooperating with you in the discharge of your important functions.

SHRI K. YERRANNAIDU (SRIKAKULAM): Hon. Speaker, Sir, on behalf of the people of Andhra Pradesh, Telugu Desam Parliamentary Party and on my own behalf, I heartily congratulate the hon. Speaker, Shri G.M.C. Balayogi on his re-election to this august Office. I extend my warm felicitations to him on his unanimous election which is a rare honour. In this era of coalition politics, unanimous election reflects the spirit of consensus. I compliment the leaders of all the political parties for supporting the candidature of Shri G.M.C. Balayogi.

My Party has been a strong supporter of federalism. The unanimous election of Shri G.M.C. Balayogi belonging to the Telugu Desam Party, as the Speaker of this august House, is an indication of federalism taking deep roots in our political system. It is a matter of great satisfaction for Telugu Desam Regional Party to have its candidate elected as the Speaker of this august House.

I have had the privilege of long association with Shri Balayogi which goes back to our University days. We have studied Law together. We have entered politics together. He hails from a tiny village, and belongs to a weaker section. He was selected for the post of First Class Magistrate. After six months, he resigned from the Magisterial post and entered politics. Firstly, the hon. Speaker was elected as the Chairman of the Zila Parishad in East Godavari District. After that, he became the Minister for Education in the Andhra Pradesh Government. He did a lot for backward areas, particularly fishermen community of the East Godavari district.

I have known Shri Balayogi as a person with abiding faith and commitment to basic human values. He is an extremely sensitive person with a heart which feels for the poor, the weaker sections and the helpless. My sincere request to the senior Parliamentarians of this House that they should guide the newcomers about Parliamentary etiquette. In this respect, the hon. Members will look to him for proper guidance.

I do not want to take much of the valuable time of this august House. On behalf of my party, I assure the hon. Speaker of our fullest cooperation. I wish him all success in your endeavour.

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... (ɴvx)

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... (ɴvx)

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