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CONSTITUTIONAL QUESTIONS AND CITIZENS' RIGHTSAn Omnibus Comprising Constitutional Questions in India and Citizens' Rights, Judges and State Accountability$
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A. G. Noorani

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195678291

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195678291.001.0001

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Rajya Sabha: Clog or Rubber Stamp? 1

Rajya Sabha: Clog or Rubber Stamp? 1

(p.135) 20 Rajya Sabha: Clog or Rubber Stamp?1

A.G. Noorani

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This chapter focuses on the failure of India's ruling party to secure a majority in the Rajya Sabha in 1998. This is the fifth time this happened in India, the first four occurring in 1977, 1980, 1989, and 1986. The 1977 precedent is the most relevant to the present situation because the deep divide between the government and the Opposition was being aggravated by the government's action. The chapter highlights the role of the Rajya Sabha as a house for second thoughts and guardian of State's rights. It also stresses the need for this legislative body to assert itself as a 'house of correction' and work to improve the legislation passed by the lower house and not become an obstruction.

Keywords:   Rajya Sabha, India, ruling party, Opposition, State's rights, legislative body, house of correction

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