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Parliament to meet from April 25

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New Delhi: The next session of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha will commence on April 25 and is likely to continue till May 13, like the second part of the budget session of Parliament which was prorogued midway.

“The eighth session of sixteenth Lok Sabha will commence from April 25. Subject to exigencies of government business the session is likely to conclude on May 13,” a Lok Sabha statement said.

A Rajya Sabha bulletin stated that, “Members are informed that the 239th Session of the Rajya Sabha will commence on Monday, April 25, 2016.”

The budget session of Lok Sabha was prorogued in a rare development, in the middle of it to enable the government to issue an Ordinance for authorising expenditure beyond April one in the centrally-ruled Uttarakhand in view of the political crisis in the state.

The Uttarakhand Appropriation (Vote on Account) Ordinance, 2016 was promulgated by the President, after the Centre issued it to authorise expenditure from April 1 in Uttarakhand, which is under President’s rule.

The ordinance is to provide for withdrawal of certain sums from and out of the Consolidated Fund of the State of Uttarakhand for the services of a part of the financial year 2016-17, the ordinance said.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu had said that Parliament was prorogued in view of the situation arising out of a peculiar Constitutional breakdown happening in Uttarakhand.

Government has pinned its hopes on this session for receiving the support of opposition parties in passage of key legislations including the GST Bill that are pending.

—PTI

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