Rajya Sabha blockade for President’s Rule extension in J&K

Congress opposed the proposal for President's rule in the Lok Sabha, the government may not find it easy to get it passed in the Rajya Sabha

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Amit Shah introduces bill in Rajya Sabha to extend President's Rule in Jammu-Kashmir

New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah is presenting the proposal for extending President’s Rule in Jammu and Kashmir in the Rajya Sabha on Monday. This proposal has been passed in the Lok Sabha but it is a challenge for the government to get it passed by the Upper House.

The way the Congress opposed the proposal for President’s rule in the Lok Sabha, the government may not find it easy to get it passed in the Rajya Sabha. The Narendra Modi-led BJP and NDA are far away from the majority mark in the Upper House.

During the previous tenure too, challenges like this had confronted the Modi government, where they could pass bills in the Lok Sabha but not in the Rajya Sabha. The triple talaq bill is a recent example.

Will President’s Rule Bill pass Rajya Sabha muster?

The total number of MPs in the Rajya Sabha is 245. Out of these MPs, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) has 104 members. For a majority in the Rajya Sabha, at least 123 MPs are required. In such a situation, if the Modi government has to get the bill for President’s Rule passed in the Upper House, he will have to seek the help of other parties.

BJP: 75

AIADMK: 13

AGP: 1

JD(U): 6

Akali Dal: 3

Shiv Sena: 3

Nominated MPs: 3

Who can help BJP?

There are many parties in the House whose stand towards the BJP has softened of late. This has been noticed on many occasions. Among them are Odisha’s BJD and the YSR Congress Party of Andhra Pradesh. If the BJP gets support from other parties, this is how the situation changes.

BJD: 5

YSR Congress Party: 2

Congress is the largest opposition party. It has 48 seats in the Rajya Sabha. There are 13 from the TMC; the BSP has 4, the Samajwadi Party has 13 and the NCP 4.

Rajya Sabha elections will be held shortly for many seats. The NDA expects that it will get a majority in the Upper House by November 2020.