Photo: Priyanka Parashar/Mint
Photo: Priyanka Parashar/Mint

Rajya Sabha to sit on Friday to complete original schedule

The Rajya Sabha was adjourned on Thursday as a mark of respect to Congress member Praveen Rashtrapal who died of a cardiac arrest

New Delhi: The Rajya Sabha, which was adjourned for the day on Thursday as a mark of respect towards sitting Congress member Praveen Rashtrapal who died, will now have a sitting on Friday to complete its original schedule.

A decision was taken on Wednesday to curtail the session of the Lok Sabha by two days and Rajya Sabha by one day.

Accordingly, the session in Lok Sabha was on Wednesday brought to an end, two days before its scheduled culmination. According to the plan, the Rajya Sabha was also to be adjourned sine die on Thursday after the customary farewell speech as 58 Rajya Sabha members of Parliament (MPs) have retired from the house.

A number of those retired have been renominated.

The budget session of Parliament began on 23 February and concluded on 16 March. There was the scheduled recess between the first and second part.

However, the session was prorogued to allow promulgation of an ordinance to bring and pass a vote on account for Uttarakhand, which was under the President’s rule.

An ordinance cannot be promulgated when Parliament is in session. So the house was prorogued and the second part of the budget session began as a new session on 25 April.

This session was to end on 13 May as per the schedule. However, it was curtailed in view of the last leg of campaigning for the assembly elections in Kerala and Tamil Nadu, besides the fact that the government had already completed the important legislative business it planned to accomplish in this session.

Ten bills, including the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 and the Anti-Hijacking Bill, were passed during the three-week session in Lok Sabha which saw no adjournment unlike in the Rajya Sabha, which had to be adjourned several times due to disruptions.

The 8th session of the 16th Lok Sabha, which commenced on 25 April, had 13 sittings spread over 92 hours and 21 minutes.

“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 and I thank the entire house for cooperation extended to the chair," speaker Sumitra Mahajan had said in her valedictory address on Wednesday.