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Congress MP Shadi Lal Batra tops list with maximum TA, DA claims — Rs 30.25 lakh

Shadi Lal Batra, who claimed maximum travel bills, was among the most unproductive. He asked only 14 questions although he attended the session for 46 days.

First Rally Since Rajya Sabha Resignation

BSP chief Mayavati blamed Centre and UP government for sparking “communal violence” in the name of “faith and cow protection”. She said that in the name of “dharm” (religion) and “sanskaar” (culture), an environment of fear and terror was created.

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UP-cadre IAS officer to be Rajya Sabha secretary-general

Verma’s experience as secretary, Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, is expected to come in handy in handling Rajya Sabha matters.

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Venkaiah Naidu, Vice-President, Rajya Sabha Chairman: ‘Now an all-party man, above party politics’

Venkaiah Naidu said while the media is free and he cannot direct them, the one thing he can can convey to them from the chair in the beginning of his tenure is, “Please focus more on constructive debate.” He also recalled how once his debate on agriculture was reported in one line though he spoke for 52 minutes.

Venkaiah Naidu has risen from grassroots, first V-P born after Independence: PM Modi

Speaking about Venkaiah Naidu’s humble beginnings as a farmer’s son, PM Modi said he will take Indian polity to new heights.

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Shankersinh Vaghela sees ‘conspiracy’ behind Ahmed Patel’s win

Vaghela, who revolted against the Congress last month, claimed party leaders drew up the plan to ensure Patel’s victory a day ahead of the voting on August 8.

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Observing you I saw mannerisms of a career diplomat: PM Modi praises outgoing V-C Hamid Ansari

Today, Hamid Ansari completes exactly two terms in office, the latter part managing the Upper House that was often in conflict with the government. Ansari has also served as India’s ambassador to several countries, was India’s Permanent Representative to the UN and also vice-chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University. 

Hamid Ansari farewell highlights: Rajya Sabha MPs bid farewell to Vice President

Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari’s term ends today: highlights from his farewell session in the Upper House.

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Hamid Ansari interview: ‘Idea’ of India being challenged with a certain frequency which makes me uncomfortable

As Hamid Ansari leaves office, he speaks to Indian Express on his two terms, the challenges he faced and those before the country.

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Quit India Movement anniversary: Rajya Sabha adopts resolution to build strong India

Moving the resolution, Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari said the House recalls that 75 years ago, Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi gave a clarion call to people for “do or die” to end the British Rule while asking the British to quit India.

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Full text: EC order disqualifying votes of two Congress MLAs in Gujarat Rajya Sabha election

Gujarat Rajya Sabha polls: The Election Commission ordered that two votes by rebel Congress MLAs stand disqualified. Read the entire order here.

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Opposition protest over different types of currency disrupt Rajya Sabha

ome members including Derek O’Brien (TMC) displayed the new 500 rupee notes issued after demonetisation to show the different sizes they were bring printed.

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Gujarat Rajya Sabha polls: Did not vote for Ahmed Patel as Congress will not win, says Shankersinh Vaghela

Shankersinh Vaghela told The Indian Express, that he voted against the Congress because the Congress was getting less than 40 votes in any case.

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Amit Shah, Ahmed Patel, Smriti Irani in fray: Gujarat braces for vote today as BJP, Congress draw battlelines

Rajya Sabha polls: In Ahmedabad, the BJP said it was confident of winning all three seats in Gujarat. Addressing a press conference, BJP spokesperson Bharat Pandya said all members of the party were in the state to support its three candidates.

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Open House 

Challenge before the new vice president is to maintain and safeguard the space for debate and dissent in Rajya Sabha