Venkaiah wants to clear backlog of bills in Rajya Sabha

nation Updated: May 25, 2016 10:28 IST

NEW DELHI: In the two years of NDA rule, the number of sittings in Parliament has increased as compared to the previous UPA reign, parliamentary affairs minister M Venkaiah Naidu said on Tuesday.

Naidu said under BJP-led NDA government while the Lok Sabha held 149 sittings which comes to around 75 per year, Rajya Sabha had 143 that comes to around 71 per year. “The numbers of sittings have increased by four per year in comparison to the previous 10 years in both the houses,” Naidu told reporters.

Because of opposition disrupting the proceedings in Rajya Sabha where the ruling party is in a minority, 44 bills were pending in Rajya Sabha as against 11 bills in Lok Sabha.

“This mismatch is creating some problems in synchronising legislative work in both the Houses. I would like to discuss this issue with the chairman of Rajya Sabha and leaders of the various parties to clear the backlog in Rajya Sabha,” Naidu said.

Naidu added that the opposition will have to pay the price for the disruptions. “You have seen the mandate.Itwas againstthe obstructionism and negativity,” he said. The minister said he is hopeful of getting the GST bill passed in the monsoon session.

First Published: May 25, 2016 10:28 IST