NEW DELHI: President Pranab Mukherjee while delivering an emotional farewell speech to the parliamentarians had said "I am a creation of this Parliament," President Pranab Mukherjee said on Sunday in an emotional farewell speech+ to the MPs in the Central Hall.
In the beginning, Mukherjee was received by Vice President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar at Parliament for the ceremony.
In his 20-minute speech, President Mukherjee recalled his distinguished journey from being a Congress legislator in West Bengal to holding the country's top constitutional post+ and reminded the MPs of their duties. In his speech, President Mukherjee reminded the MPs of their duties.
"Parliament stands for debate, discussion," President Pranab Mukherjee said, adding, "dissent and disruption hurt the opposition more."
The 81 years old president, Mukharji said "I've devoted 37 years of my life as Parliamentarian. I was just 34 years old when I got an opportunity to serve the nation with seasoned campaigners, " he said, adding, "As the President, I have tried to protect, preserve, defend the Constitution, not just in letter but in spirit as well."
Mukherjee also said the government should avoid the ordinance route as it should be reserved only for compelling circumstances.
"Ordinance route should only be adopted in compelling circumstances," President Mukherjee said.
Hailing the passage of GST bill, President Mukherjee said that it shows the "maturity of our democracy."
"My career was mentored by Mrs Indira Gandhi who was a towering personality. She had the courage to call a spade a spade," Mukherjee said as he related an interesting incident that happened in London after the Congress' defeat post Emergency.
"After the Congress' and her own defeat post Emergency, she went to London in 1978. A battery of mediapersons, in a fairly aggressive mood were waiting to ask questions.
"The first question was: 'What had been your gains from Emergency?' Looking directly into the eyes of mediapersons, in a level voice she replied: 'In those 21 months we comprehensively managed to alienate all sections of people'," Mukherjee recalled.
After a few seconds of silence, there was laughter, he said.
"Nobody after that asked a question about Emergency and the mediapersons melted away," he said.
President, Mukherjee also remembered his "mentor", former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi as a "towering personality".
"Indira ji was a lady of steel. Her steeliness inspired me. And Vajpayee ji and Rao ji influenced me a lot," the President said, adding, "At times I followed advice of Advani ji and got unconditional support from Sonia ji."
The President also expressed concern over the waning time devoted to legislation in Parliament and had advice for both the government and the opposition.
Earlier, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and Vice-President Hamid Ansari addressed Parliament and remembered the contributions of outgoing President Pranab Mukherjee.