Amar Singh, Suresh Pachauri among 81 retire from Rajya Sabha

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New Delhi, Mar 18 (UNI) SP leader Amar Singh, Shatrughan Sinha of BJP, Congress member Suresh Pachari and busines magnate Vijay Mallya were among the 81 members who bid adieu to the Rajya Sabha after they completed their six year term, at a ceremony here this evening.

However, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who is also mong those retiring is being re-elected from Assam.

''As elders members are a valuable pool of wisdom,'' Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who spoke at the ceremony said. There is no dearth of avenues to serve the process of nation building, he added.

Rajya Sabha Chairman and Vice-President of India Mohammad Hamid Ansari termed the parting as ''sweet sorrow'' and said the House is a unique institution for its continuity.

Among those who are retiring include Indramoni Bora, R Kamaraj, S G Indira, S S Chandran, B S Gnanadesikan, P G Narayanan, K P K Kumaran, Sudarshan Akarapu, N P Durga, T Subbarami Reddy, Nandi Yellaiah, Ravula Chandra Sekar Reddy, S M Laljan Basha, Nabam Rebia, Urkhao Gwra Brahma, Karmendu Bhattacharjee, Dwijendra Nath Sharmah, Mangani Lal Mandal, Prem Chand Gupta, Shatrughan Sinha, Bashistha Narain Singh, Ram Deo Bhandari, Motilal Vora, Ramadhar Kashyap, Keshubhai S Patel, Jayantilal Barot, Alka Balram Kshatriya, Harendra Singh Malik, Ram Prakash, T S Bajwa, Farooq Abdullah, Saif-ud-din Soz, Chowdhary Mohammad Aslam, Ajay Maroo, Devdas Apte, Janardhana Poojary, Prema Cariappa, M V Rajashekharan, Vijay Mallaya, Maya Singh, Maulana Obaidullah Khan Azmi, Suresh Pachouri, Vedprakash P Goyal, Prithviraj Chavan, Ekanath K Thakur, Murli Deora, Rajkumar Dhoot, Datta Meghe, P C Alexander, Rishang Keishing, Robert Kharshiing, Lalhming Liana, Surendra Lath, Pramila Bohidar, Sushree Devi, Dilip Ray, Prabha Thakur, Gyan Prakash Pilania, R Shunmugasundaram, S P M Syed Khan, Thanga Tamil Selvan, C Perumal, G K Vasan, N Jothi, Akhilesh Das, Amar Singh, Uday Pratap Singh, Abu Asim Azmi, Shahid Siddiqui, Raj Nath Singh, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Gandhi Azad, Isam Singh, Veer Singh, Harish Rawat, Tarini Kanta Roy, Dinesh Trivedi, Debabrata Biswas, Prasanta Chatterjee, Sk Khabir Uddin Ahmed.

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