"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 institution," he said after awarding the best parliamentarian awards.
    
He said that the institution symbolizes the freedom struggle and "it is the responsibility of every member to uphold its dignity and you have to do it."
    
A row had erupted between Trinamool Congress (TMC) and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) over space in Parliament House with each side staking claim to a particular room.
    
The bone of contention is room number five on the first floor, which has been occupied by the TDP for many years but was allotted to the Mamata Banerjee-led TMC this August 6.
    
Addressing the gathering, the President said that he was touched by the gesture of the Prime Minister when he bowed his head at the stairs of Parliament after winning the Lok Sabha elections as this symbolizes the dignity and sanctity of the temple of democracy.
    
He said that he missed his days as a parliamentarian as he doesn't get to speak much in his responsibility as President.
    
Mukherjee also recounted the history how India received its parliamentary system and parliament and anecdotes about Arun Jaitley, Sharad Yadav and Karan Singh who received the awards on Tuesday.

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