It was an occasion to show solidarity and it was evidently on display in the Parliament.
The occasion was that of the farewell to the Rajya Sabha Members of Parliament when the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Leader of Opposition for the upper house of Parliament Ghulam Nabi Azaad recalled their extensive contributions to the Parliamentary processes.
While the Prime Minister noted that the house has gained much from the experiences and insights, the Congress leader Azaad said that political leaders never retire and thus this should be seen as temporary separation rather than farewell.
It was Prime Minister Modi who noted that it would be sad that these members would not be there in the Parliament when the longstanding decision on the crucial issue of triple talaq would be taken.
However, he assured them that he would remain receptive to their ideas for the betterment of the country.
Modi also said that the doors of his office and that of the Parliament would always be open to them.
Leader of Opposition Azad took the opportunity to poke fun at MP Naresh Agarwal, who recently left the Samajwadi Party (SP) to join the BJP.
Congress leader called him the sun that sets and rises in different places – a possible reference to his moving from party to party.
This comes as Naresh Agarwal has been a part of the Congress, SP and Bahujan Samaj Party at various times.