The Hush Post: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu brought minor changes in the conduct of the Rajya Sabha on the first day of the winter session today after taking over as its chairman. He suggested ministers and members not to use colonial terms like “I beg to…..” while laying papers on the table. “Just say I raise to lay on the table” , he said. “No need to beg… this is independent India,” he added.
Naidu was however quick to clarify that this was only a suggestion and not an order. This was not only the change, he also stood up while reading out obituary references. His predecessors Hamid Ansari and Bhairon Singh Shekhawat used to read the obituary references while being seated. Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan too stands while reading out obituary references. Naidu took over as the Vice President of India in August. Vice President is also the presiding officer of the Rajya Sabha.