Lok Sabha functioned for 44:29 hours while Rajya Sabha functioned for around 38 hours
The Monsoon Session of Parliament, marked by disruptions over demand for a debate on price rise, election of a new President and Vice President and once again exposing chinks in the Opposition, was on Monday adjourned sine die, making it the seventh consecutive session to end its business ahead of schedule.
Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha were to adjourn on Friday but the government went ahead with adjourning the House on Monday itself as Tuesday and Thursday are holidays owing to Muharram and Raksha Bandhan, leaving just two more working days.
The early adjournment would mean that Jagdeep Dhankhar, the newly elected Vice President who will take oath on August 11, will have to wait till Winter Session, likely in November, to preside over a sitting of Rajya Sabha of which he would be the Chairman.
Trinamool Congress Rajya Sabha leader Derek O’Brien tweeted, “this is the seventh consecutive time (since Budget Session 2020) Parliament session has been cut short. Stop mocking Parliament. We will fight for its sanctity and prevent PM Narendra Modi, (Home Minister) Amit Shah from turning this great institution into the Gujarat Gymkhana.
Even as the government set an ambitious target of passing 32 Bills, including 24 new ones, Lok Sabha could pass only seven while Rajya Sabha could pass five. Interestingly, the contentious Bill on personal data protection was withdrawn during the session.
Lok Sabha functioned for 44:29 hours or 48% of the scheduled time while Rajya Sabha functioned for around 38 hours (44%) while 47 hours were lost to disruption.