VP lauds state for progressive laws |

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Vice-president Jagdeep Dhankhar lauded the state for its forward-thinking perspective and the commitment to social justice, in his address after inaugurating the silver jubilee celebrations of the state legislative assembly complex here on Monday.
Dhankhar praised the legislative assembly for enacting several progressive legislations that have been noticed by other legislatures. “As current legislators, you also inherit a shining legacy. It is your duty to make it lustrous,” he told the legislators. Lauding the state for having one of the highest internet penetrations in the country and harnessing the potential of emerging technologies, the Vice-President expressed hope that the state’s quality human resources combined with its progressive work culture will help in scripting new pathways in governance. The Kerala legislative assembly building represents the will of the people, spirit of democracy and essence of the constitution, said Dhankhar.
In his maiden visit after assuming the office of the Vice-President, Dhankhar described the state as the land of pristine natural beauty and rich culture. He said that he was delighted to be in ‘God’s own country’ and also paid tributes to eminent personalities and social reformers that the state has produced, and lauded their contributions.
He stressed that disruption and disturbance in the temples of democracy cannot be weaponized as political strategy and appealed to legislators and the presiding officers to urgently address this malaise. Dhankhar said that authorities in constitutional positions must exemplify their conduct by high standards of propriety, dignity and decorum. He asked the legislatures to draw inspiration from the constituent assembly which dealt with many complex issues without any disruptions. He reaffirmed that effective and productive legislature functioning is the safest guarantee to the blossoming of and preservation of democratic values and holding the executive accountable. He also called for stamping out the “worrisome trend of intolerance towards the other point of view”.
He urged everyone to rise above partisan stance, giving primacy to national interests. He also raised the question as to why “the wit, humour, and sarcasm – once the hallmark of exchanges between stalwarts in the Parliament and legislatures” are disappearing from public discourse, urging legislators to revive the same.
Governor Arif Mohammed Khan said that the assembly building complex, which has been built with a futuristic vision and Keralite aesthetic sense, stands as a symbol of commitment to the principles of democracy, accountability and inclusiveness. The ideas, dedication and contribution of every single member, right from day one of the Kerala legislative assembly, have been instrumental in shaping the present Kerala, which has been globally hailed for its social welfare and sustainable development.
Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan, speaker A N Shamseer, deputy speaker Chittayam Gopakumar, opposition leader V D Satheesan, SC/ST and parliamentary affairs minister K Radhakrishnan and other dignitaries were also present on the occasion.

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