Winter session ends on a bitter note; both Houses adjourned sine die

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The Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha have been adjourned sine die on 23 December marking another washout. Thirteen bills were passed in the Lower House and nine bills in the Upper House.

The winter session has been washed out due to frequent disruptions by the opposition. The 20-day session was productive as compared to the monsoon session, which was a virtual washout following the ruckus created by opposition pressing for ouster of external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje and Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan over various allegations.

A rare bonhomie was witnessed between the treasury benches and opposition when the amended Juvenile Justice bill was tabled in the Rajya Sabha.

The session, marred by the National Herald and corruption allegations in the DDCA cases, made parliamentary affairs minister Venkaiah Naidu while briefing reporters after the session say that pay should be cut if business is not conducted by both Houses.

Naidu asked if bureaucrats can be penalised for wilful absenteeism, why not parliamentarians? “The country needs to be given an explanation by the opposition as to why they didn’t let the Rajya Sabha function to let GST bill and other bills pass. The mandate of the people must not be disrespected,” said Naidu.

“This is akin to cheating of the people, said the Union minister. At a time when the government wants to make as many reforms as possible, he said, it is very disappointing that the opposition.