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Government gets business done in first Winter Session

The winter session that began on November 18 had 20 working days. While the Lok Sabha outshone Rajya Sabha with 116% productivity to 99%, the quality of debates in the Upper House was better with less disruptions. However, the monsoon session,which was the first session of the 17th Lok Sabha, had a better record.

Dec 14, 2019, 08.14 AM IST
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The Centre has also overcome the hurdle of not having a majority in the Upper House by getting the support of parties such as BJD, AIADMK and YSRCP.
NEW DELHI: Passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was the highlight of the 20-day winter session of Parliament that ended on Friday. Despite not having a majority in the Rajya Sabha, the government managed to get the numbers with the help of some non-NDA parties though the Opposition put up an impressive show during the debates.

The winter session that began on November 18 had 20 working days. While the Lok Sabha outshone Rajya Sabha with 116% productivity to 99%, the quality of debates in the Upper House was better with less disruptions. However, the monsoon session,which was the first session of the 17th Lok Sabha, had a better record.

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While the CAB saw deep divisions in both Houses, some other important legislations which saw the light of day were Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2019 and the Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-Sixth Amendment) Bill that extends reservation for the two categories for another 10 years in Parliament and state assemblies. However, the reservation of two seats in Lok Sabha for Anglo-Indians and one MLA each in 13 state assemblies under nominated category has been done away with.

After getting the bills for abrogation of Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, the government got another shot in the arm with the passage of CAB this session. The Centre has also overcome the hurdle of not having a majority in the Upper House by getting the support of parties such as BJD, AIADMK and YSRCP. Congress, Shiv Sena and NCP did corner the government on several occasions in n but did not have the numbers to stop the bills. Overall, 15 bills were passed in this session.
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