Govt bends to ensure monsoon session success

Govt bends to ensure monsoon session success

Members stand for the national anthem in the Lok Sabha on the last day of the monsoon session of Parliament, in New Delhi on Friday. PTI

Parliament's monsoon session that concluded on Friday turned out to be the most productive in recent times as both the Houses passed 20 bills and the Modi government faced its first no-confidence motion, which was defeated.

A flexible approach by the BJP's floor managers in dealing with the Opposition as well as allies also ensured the passage of six bills to replace the Ordinances promulgated during the inter-session period after the Budget Session that had ended in April.

The BJP also shelved its plans to make an aggressive push for the passage of the triple talaq bill, that was approved by the Union Cabinet on Thursday, to allow the passage of Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Second Amendment) Bill and the Commercial Courts, Commercial Divisions and Commercial Appellate Divisions of High Courts (Amendment) Bill.

Earlier, the government had also agreed to a no-confidence motion to be taken up within days of the convening of the monsoon session to ensure minimal disruptions.

The Congress had threatened to disrupt the proceedings over the Rafale issue if the government went ahead with the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill in the Rajya Sabha. The NDA floor managers were also mulling extending the Lok Sabha sitting by a day to enable the passage of the bill had the Rajya Sabha given its nod.

In numerical terms, during the monsoon session, the productivity of Lok Sabha was 118% and that of the Rajya Sabha was 68%, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said here.

According to an analysis by PRS Legislative, the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha spent 50% and 48% of their time on legislative business.

“So far in the 16th Lok Sabha, the average productivity of Lok Sabha is 86% and that of Rajya Sabha is 67%. This was the most productive Monsoon Session of Lok Sabha since 2000,” PRS Legislative said.

A key highlight of the monsoon session was the no-confidence motion against the Modi government that was moved by TDP member Srinivas Kesineni.

For the Modi government, the session ended on a high note as it roundly defeated the no-confidence motion moved by the Opposition and also succeeded in installing its candidate in the much-talked-about election to the Rajya Sabha deputy chairman's post.

Touted as the symbol of Opposition unity, the election saw regional outfits TDP, AIADMK, TRS supporting the Modi government in getting first-term JD(U) member Harivansh as the Rajya Sabha deputy chairman.


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