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Lok Sabha ends session, Rajya Sabha to follow today

No business left, Lower House adjourned sine die two days early.

THE LOK Sabha was adjourned sine die Wednesday evening after the government decided to wind up the current Budget session of Parliament ahead of time. The Rajya Sabha would follow suit on Thursday.

The two-part session, which got underway on February 23, was scheduled to conclude on May 13.

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Sources said the Rajya Sabha too would have wrapped up the session along with the Lok Sabha on Wednesday but it will have to sit a day longer due to the impending retirement of 58 members, who all needed time to make their customary valedictory speeches.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi was not present when the Lower House called it a day because of his preoccupation with election campaign in Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Congress president Sonia Gandhi was present, but her son and party vice-president Rahul Gandhi was not, as he was unwell.

Sources said the government opted for an early conclusion of the session because there was hardly any business left after the passage of the Finance Bill on Wednesday. They claimed that all parties were on board over the matter.

“I am happy to inform you that in the recent past this is the first session in which House was not adjourned even for a single minute due to interruptions,” Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said in her valedictory address.

Although there had been protests by the opposition Congress, the Speaker had carried on with business of the House. In one instance, Congress members even tried a dharna in the House, with party leader Mallikarjun Kharge sitting down on the podium-floor, but there was no stopping the Speaker from going ahead.

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The Speaker pointed out that the House had sat late for 14 hours and 32 minutes to transact urgent government business. The session marked the presentation and passage of the General Budget and the Railway Budget.

The Uttarakhand issue did echo in the House, but it was the AgustaWestland deal, discussed in the form of a calling attention motion, which generated more heat.

The government introduced four Bills, while 10 official Bills were passed by the Lok Sabha. They included the Regional Centre for Biotechnology Bill, 2016; the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Bill, 2015; the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016, as Reported by Joint Committee; and the Anti-Hijacking Bill, 2016.

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A motion for the reference of the Enforcement of Security Interest and Recovery of Debts Laws and Miscellaneous Provisions (Amendment) Bill, 2016 to the Joint Committee of the Houses was adopted.

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First published on: 12-05-2016 at 02:55 IST
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