Titled “Moving On, Moving Forward: A Year In Office”, the launch of the book by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, was an event that was attended by political figures new and old. In attendance were former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress Leader Anand Sharma, present Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, and Lok Sabha Speaker, Sumitra Mahajan. The book was said to encapsulate the disappointment that Naidu, serving as both Vice President and Speaker of the Rajya Sabha, is said to feel at the present state of politics in India.
Making a statement during the event, Naidu said, “I am a little unhappy that our parliament is not functioning as it should. I would appeal to all political parties to come together on issues of national importance. The last session reflected the collective commitment towards social justice. Political parties must evolve a code of conduct for their leaders inside and outside the legislature otherwise people will lose confidence.” His urging of his colleagues to come together and do their best for the nation comes at a pivotal time in Indian politics, with elections just around the corner.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi chimed in with a statement of his own during the proceedings, showing his support for his fellow party member by stating, “Venkaiah-ji is a disciplinarian, but our country’s situation is such that it has become easy to call discipline undemocratic. If someone calls for discipline, he is branded autocratic…the whole dictionary is opened.”