Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha Adjourned Sine Die

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  • Both Houses of the Parliament were adjourned sine die.
  • Rajya Sabha was scheduled to deliberate upon the Weapons of Mass Destruction.
  • Upper House was also to discuss the working of the Ministry of Labour and Employment.

New Delhi: The Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha were adjourned sine die on Thursday, a day ahead of schedule. As soon as the Lower House met for the day, Speaker Om Birla made the valedictory reference, summing up the proceedings of the session. He later adjourned the House sine die (indefinitely).

The Budget Session of Parliament began on January 31th and the first half ended on February 11th after the presentation of the Union Budget. Thereafter, both houses of Parliament went into recess to examine the budget papers. The second half of the Budget Session began on March 14th.

Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu could not read out his customary closing remarks that sum up the business conducted in the House during the session, as Shiv Sena and other opposition MPs created a ruckus. While Shiv Sena MPs sought to raise the issue of an FIR registered against the BJP’s Kirit Somaiya for allegedly siphoning off Rs 100 crore collected from people as donations for saving aircraft carrier INS Vikrant.

TMC leader Derek O’Brien said no discussion on price rise was allowed during the entire session. Congress members supported the Shiv Sena, saying if the issue of price rise was not allowed for a debate, at least a discussion on this alleged “scam” should be taken up.

According to the original schedule, the session was to conclude on April 8th. Besides the budgetary process, key bills passed during the session include the Delhi Municipal Corporation (Amendment) Bill and the Criminal Procedure (Identification) Bill.

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