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President urges MPs to behave

President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday urged the MPs to maintain Parliament's dignity, honour and prestige.

The president made the emotional appeal after an ugly row erupted between the lawmakers of Trinamool Congress and the Telugu Desam Party over a room in Parliament.

"Please, for God's sake, except you nobody can do it. It is our responsibility, we the elected members of both houses including nominated members, to uphold the prestige, dignity and honour of this great, great institution," Mukherjee said during an event to confer the Outstanding Parliamentarian Award.

The president noted that Parliament symbolises the freedom struggle and "it is the responsibility of every member to uphold its dignity and you have to do it."

The row between TMC and TDP members started over the occupancy of room number 5 on the first floor, which has been occupied by the TDP for many years. The room was however, allotted to TMC n August 6.

President Mukherjee said he was left deeply touched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's gesture to bow his head at the stairs of Parliament after winning the Lok Sabha election. He said that Modi's action symbolises the dignity and sanctity of the temple of democracy.

The president said that he missed his days as a parliamentarian as he does not get many opportunities to speak since becoming the president.

The president also used the opportunity to recount the history of how India received its parliamentary system and Parliament. He also delivered anecdotes about eminent Parliamentarians Arun Jaitley, Sharad Yadav and Karan Singh, who were conferred the eminent MP award by the president.