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Rajya Sabha adjourned sine die, Venkaiah Naidu deplores the potential functioning of the House | India News

NEW DELHI: Rajya Sabha was adjourned sine die on Wednesday, a day before the scheduled end of the winter session of Parliament, with Speaker M Venkaiah Naidu lamenting that the Upper House was functioning well below its potential due to repeated disruptions.
The session, which began on November 29, was scheduled to end on December 23.
Shortly after filing listed documents and reports, Naidu said he was not happy to share with members that the House was functioning “well below its potential.”
“I urge you all to… think and do some soul-searching if this session could have been different and better. I don’t want to talk in detail about how the session unfolded which would lead me to have a very critical point of view,” he said. he declared. noted.
The Speaker stressed that rulings, rules and procedures must be followed and precedents, decency and decorum must be maintained by members of the House.
He also called on members to “realize that what happened is wrong” and said that “we should all strive for a constructive and positive atmosphere for the wider interest of the country”.
Naidu wished the MPs a Merry Christmas and a prosperous English New Year, and also conveyed greetings for Makar Sankranti, Pongal and other upcoming festivals.
The session was heated, as it witnessed several disturbances from members of the opposition parties, including their flocking to the chamber well, carrying signs, over the suspension of 12 MPs for their “unruly” driving during the previous session in August.
Opposition members also protested the report of the special investigation team into the October 3 violence in Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh and the problems of farmers, among others.
Despite the disruption and the loss of working hours, the Rajya Sabha passed several key bills, including those related to electoral reforms and surrogacy.