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Naidu said: "I expect the number of members of this House with full attendance in the meetings of the committees to rise." Each member of the department-related standing committee represents 25 members of Parliament while deliberating in the committee. If one member is absent, the voice of 25 MPs would not be heard, according to Naidu.

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  • This year saw BJP president Amit Shah assuming charge of the crucial ministry and taking a few tough decisions that rocked the country.

    "A numerical majority in elections gives you the right to make a stable government. The lack of popular majority forbids you from a majoritarian government. That is the message and essence of our parliamentary democracy," Pranab Mukherjee said.

    Modi is unquestionably India’s most popular politician. But his personal popularity does not translate into victories in state elections. After he won the 2014 general election, BJP won a string of state victories. This gave the impression of a new unstoppable force. But those BJP state victories stemmed mainly from anti-incumbency.

    The remark came in the backdrop of the BJP's tough stand over protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and National Register of Citizens (NRC).

    Soon after the House met for the day, Left and other opposition party members raised the two issues. Around 100 JNU students were detained and some were injured when police allegedly baton-charged protesters as they marched towards Parliament on Monday, demanding a total rollback of the hostel fee hike.

    Naidu said he did not accept notices given by the Congress, DMK and Left members under Rule 267 as the matter was sub judice and conduct of a person in high office cannot be discussed without a substantive motion. He said the House can discuss President's rule being imposed or revoked in a state only when a motion to that effect is brought before it.

    The Jharkhand experience has highlighted the need to be more receptive to the voices from local units, especially in states where the party is in power, sources said, adding that the BJP may have lost some seats in Maharashtra as well by denying tickets to several regional bigwigs not seen well disposed to the then chief minister Devendra Fadnavis.

    Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Wednesday said the dynamics in the Rajya Sabha were different from that of the Lok Sabha and asserted that the g...

    Rajya Sabha chairman Venkaiah Naidu has constituted a six-member committee for the merger of Lok Sabha TV and Rajya Sabha TV with a view to cut costs and reduce extra spending on coverage of parliamentary proceedings. Officials said the panel will examine all relevant issues pertaining to the merger.

    Around a dozen BJP MLAs and a Rajya Sabha MP from the state are learnt to be negotiating with leaders of the ruling trio for a possible crossover by deserting their party, according to some members of the ruling coalition. Majority of the prospective defectors are BJP MLAs who crossed over from NCP and Congress just before the assembly elections.

    He emphasised that issues listed to be raised on a particular matter if could not be discussed (due to forced adjournments and disruptions) would not “automatically” be taken up the next day. The VP also expressed his displeasure at some members leaking their letter addressed to him without sending it to him first and ensuring he has seen it.

    "The Rajya Sabha is about checks and balances. This is absolutely essential for our democracy. Debates have to be many and effective. But, there is also a difference between checking and clogging (and between) balance and blocking," he said. Modi also lauded NCP and the BJD for never rushing to the well of the House to raise their issues.

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