The recently concluded winter session of Parliament recorded poor productivity as a result of numerous disruptions over multiple major issues. Parliament, though, passed the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2018.
The session started with heated arguments over Rafale deal, Sabarimala, the Triple Talaq Bill, several other disruptions over political statements and the election results of five states. The Houses witnessed continuous debates on these issues but did not go as scheduled. Towards the end, an entirely new topic gave momentum to the whole nation. At once, cabinet decided to approve ten percent reservation for the economically backward upper castes.
The Winter Session of Parliament which commenced on 11 December, 2018 ended on 9 January, 2019. The session had 20 scheduled sittings, of which 17 were held. The Lok Sabha had its last sitting on 8 January, 2019 and the sitting of Rajya Sabha was extended by one day. It got adjourned sine die on 9 January, 2019. Three sittings were cancelled for Christmas and New Year.
Parliament agreed on imposing the President’s rule in the state of Jammu & Kashmir. The Houses had to be adjourned multiple times for the constant disruptions on the issues like Rafale deal and the proposed dam on Cauvery River. The Speaker also suspended 49 members for creating confusions. So far in this Winter Session, Lok Sabha lost a sixth of its time to disruptions, while Rajya Sabha lost a third of its scheduled time.
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