Samajwadi Party MP and veteran actor Jaya Bachchan gave her farewell speech today in the Upper House of the Parliament as she bid goodbye to the house bringing an end to her six-year tenure. While she was not the only MP bidding goodbye to the house, she is making headlines for acknowledging her actions and not missing to apologise for them as well.
Jaya Bachchan is not the only member with her term expired in Rajya Sabha as, this year, 68 MPs including many prominent members like former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw, and several others also bid their adieu to the duties in the Upper House.
Jaya Bachchan's Farewell Speech in Rajya Sabha
On February 8, Samajwadi MP Jaya Bachchan gave her farewell speech in Rajya Sabha as her term in the upper house came to an end. Bachchan has been a member of the Rajya Sabha since 2004, serving four terms as an MP representing the Samajwadi Party. Bachchan was also known for her commendable attendance in the parliament despite being an actor as well, compared to many politicians who were absentees.
Bachchan was recently noted in many headlines over a jibe with Rajya Sabha Chairman Jagdeep Dhankar during the ongoing budget session in the house which was prompted by Dhankar's remark on a Congress leader.
Bachchan had strongly put forward her point condemning Dhankar. As Jaya Bachchan bid her adieu from the Upper House remembering her 20 years as a member of the house, she apologised to all members of the house during her farewell speech on Thursday acknowledging that she was short-tempered and clarifying that she did not mean to hurt anyone.
Bachchan explained her helplessness with her nature but did not fail to acknowledge that publicly as she shared, "People often ask me why I get angry. That's my nature, I can't change myself. If I don't like or agree with something, I lose my cool."
She then stated that if she had ever behaved inappropriately with anyone or had gotten personal with any member of the house, she was apologetic for that too. She also wished well-wishes to the members she called a "family" and expressed that she hoped the house wouldn't be turning "irrelevant" in the coming years.
Watch her speech here: