President Pranab Mukherjee  thanked all the Parliamentarians for their support during his tenure and for giving him a warm farewell.  In his final speech at Parliament, Mukherjee said, “If I claim I am the creation of this Parliament, perhaps it will not be treated as immodesty.”  Talking about the recent roll-out of Goods and services Tax, Mukherjee said, “The passage of GST speaks volume about the maturity of the Parliament. Recent passage of GST and its launch on July 1 is shining example of cooperative federalism and speaks volumes for maturity of Indias Parliament,” he said. He, however, expressed regret over the repeated adjournments of houses due to protests and walk outs.  “It is unfortunate that parliamentary time devoted to legislations has been declining,” said Mukherjee. “As President, Ive tried to protect, preserve, defend the Constitution, not just in letter but in spirit as well. Ordinance route should only be adopted in compelling circumstances”, remarked President Mukherjee. “Parliament stands for debate, discussion, dissent and disruption hurts opposition more,” he added. Mukherjee also remembered his mentor, former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi as a towering personality.  “My career was mentored by Mrs Indira Gandhi who was a towering personality. She had the courage to call a spade a spade,” he said. Mukherjee said, “I will carry with me fond memories of my association with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and remember his warm, courteous behaviour towards me.” The Rediff.com : 23rd. July,17


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