The historic monsoon session of the Rajya Sabha: M Venkaiah Naidu

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New Delhi: The historic monsoon session of the Rajya Sabha, held under the shadow of the Coronavirus epidemic, was adjourned indefinitely on Wednesday, about eight days ahead of its scheduled time. Despite having a short duration, 25 Bills were passed during the session while eight opposition members were suspended for the rest of the session on Sunday due to the uproar. Speaker M Venkaiah Naidu said in his traditional address before adjourning the session indefinitely that the session was historic in some cases as members of the Upper House were seated at five other places under the new seating arrangement.

This has never happened before in the history of the Upper House. In addition, the House worked for ten consecutive days. There was no holiday in the House on Saturday and Sunday. He said that 25 Bills were passed or returned during the session. With this, six Bills were introduced. Bills passed during the session include three important bills related to the agriculture sector, epidemic amendment bill, foreign contribution regulation amendment bill, Jammu Kashmir Official Language Bill. Naidu said that 104.47 per cent of the work was done during this session. He said that during this period, due to disruption on various issues, there was a loss of three hours in the functioning of the House, while the House worked for three hours and 26 minutes sitting. He said that the total percentage of functioning in the Upper House during the last four sessions was 96.13 per cent.

The Speaker termed it unfortunate for the last two days to not participate in the functioning of the House by members of some opposition parties. He disclosed the reasons behind calling this session and said that there was also a constitutional obligation to call it. Also, when he spoke to Prime Minister Modi, he said that the responsibility given to the MPs should be fulfilled when people from all walks of life are working. Naidu said that for the first time in the history of Rajya Sabha, it has happened that the Deputy Chairman was given the notice to be removed.

The Chairman said that he rejected it because it was not in conformity with the rules. He then described the incidents in the House as “painful”. He requested the absent members in the House that such incidents do not recur in future and the dignity of the House remains. Significantly, eight opposition members were suspended on Monday for uproar during the passage of two agriculture bills on Sunday. The suspended members include Derek O’Brien and Dola Sen of the Trinamool Congress, Rajiv Satav of the Congress, Syed Nazir Hussain and Ripun Bora, Sanjay Singh of the AAP, KK Rajesh of the CPI-M and Elamaram Karim. During this session, the NDA candidate Harivansh was elected again as Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha.


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