New Delhi: Praising Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu for being a "disciplinarian", Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said calling for discipline these days is branded "autocratic".
PM Modi on Sunday launched a book on Naidu and his experiences during his first year as Vice President and Chairman of Rajya Sabha. The prime minister further said that Naidu always provides visionary leadership whenever he gets a responsibility.
"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. But the discipline Venkaiah ji calls for he himself follows it," PM Modi said.
"He has been in public life for 50 years. Ten years in student politics and 40 years in state as well as national politics," the Prime Minister said.
The 245-page book is titled "Moving On, Moving Forward: A Year In Office."
"Venkaiah ji is a farmer at heart. He is passionate about the welfare of farmers and agriculture," PM Modi said.
Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, former prime ministers Manmohan Singh and HD Deve Gowda, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and senior Congress leader Anand Sharm were present on the dais at the book launch event.