Budget session: Lok Sabha adjourned sine die; Upper House on 12 May?

Lok Sabha during the Budget session which ended prematurely. Source: Agencies
Lok Sabha during the Budget session which ended prematurely. Source: Agencies

The Budget Session of Parliament, which began as a new session on 25 April, in all probability may end early with Lok Sabha being adjourned sine die on 11 May evening and Rajya Sabha on 12 May.

It may be mentioned here that the Eighth Session of the 16th Lok Sabha started on 25 April, had 13 sittings and lasted for 92 hours and 21 minutes.

Sources said the plan was to adjourn the two Houses sine die a few days ago but it could not be done as the Finance Bill was not passed. They added Rajya Sabha could also have been adjourned sine die on 11 May but as 58 MPs have retired, they will be making farewell speeches on 12 May.

This is the first session in which the House was not adjourned due to disruptions. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said, “I thank the entire House for cooperating with the Chair.”

The session, which was the second part of the Budget session, was a new one as the House was prorogued after the first phase ended on 10 March.

This session was to conclude on 13 May but was brought to a sudden end on 11 May.

The session also saw discussion on alleged irregularities in AgustaWestland chopper deal during which the government and Congress traded accusations and counter accusations.

Another important event was the passage of the Vote on Account in respect of Uttarakhand for 2016-17. The state was brought under President’s Rule on 27 March, which was revoked on 11 May.

Important Bills passed included are Regional Centre for Biotechnology Bill, 2016; the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Bill, 2015; the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016, as Reported by Joint Committee; and the Anti-Hijacking Bill, 2016.

Motion for reference of one Bill namely, the Enforcement of Security Interest and Recovery of Debts Laws and Miscellaneous Provisions (Amendment) Bill, 2016 to the Joint Committee of the Houses.