New Delhi, Mar 28: Prime Minister Narendra Modi bid farewell to the outgoing Rajya Sabha MPs on Wednesday and thanked them for their contribution. Modi said the country couldn’t forget the service of the outgoing members of the Upper House. “We bid farewell to some of our MP colleagues in the Rajya Sabha. They have contributed significantly to Parliament and we have all gained from their experience and insight,” Modi said.

A total of 85 members of Rajya Sabha are retiring from the Rajya Sabha. In his address, PM Modi said the Rajya Sabha is a distinguished House, with eminent members serving there. “This House plays a vital role in our democracy,” said the Prime Minister. He mentioned K Parasaran and Professor Kurien in his address and said their contribution will never be forgotten. Modi also thanked the Opposition parties to allow the House function to give farewell to the outgoing MPs.

“Parliament and my own office are always open for you all. Please feel free to share your thoughts on vital issues,” PM Modi told the retiring MPs. “Unfortunately, you will not be a part of Parliament when the long due decision on triple talaq is taken,” he pointed out. He wished them success in future.

The Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad, also addressed the House to bid farewell to the retiring MPs. “Every Parliamentarian raises the voice of the poor, the farmers and the vulnerable sections of the society,” Azad said. The senior Congress leader said the Opposition didn’t disrupt the House but raised key issues which matter to the people.