Acknowledging the “significant” participation of women MPs in the proceedings of Rajya Sabha, Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday asked all political parties to give adequate representation to women in legislatures.

Delivering his farewell speech to members retiring from the upper house of Parliament, Naidu said women constituted only 11.7 per cent of the total membership of the House.

“(I) appeal to political parties to give adequate representation to women in legislatures… Participation of women Members in the proceedings of Rajya Sabha has been very significant,” Naidu said.

“It is a matter of concern that despite the stellar contributions made by many women members, they still constitute only 11.7 per cent of the total membership of the House,” he added.

The Vice President further said that the Rajya Sabha exemplifies the principle of change and continuity in our polity.

Naidu highlighted that as political leaders, the bond with people endures and only gets strengthened with each passing year.

He further said that the principle of continuity is the hallmark of Rajya Sabha and we take pride in the strength of this fine blend of continuity with change.