Prime Minister Narendra Modi while speaking to the retiring members of the Rajya Sabha said, “Our Rajya Sabha members have a lot of experience and sometimes experience has more power than academic knowledge. We will say to the retiring members ‘come again’.
“We have spent a long time in this Parliament. This House has contributed a lot to our lives, more than we have contributed to it. The experience gathered as a member of this House should be taken to all four directions of the country.”
Among the 72 retiring members include, A K Antony, Ambika Soni, P Chidambaram, Anand Sharma, Jairam Ramesh, Suresh Prabhu, Praful Patel, Subramanian Swamy, Prasanna Acharya, Sanjay Raut, Naresh Gujral, Satish Chandra Mishra, M C Mary Kom, Swapan Dasgupta and Narendra Jadhav.