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Lok Sabha adjourned sine die

Lok Sabha adjourned sine die

New Delhi: The Lok Sabha was adjourned sine die Wednesday on completion of the Budget session which saw the passage of 23 Bills, including four crucial legislations related to implementation of GST.

The two-part session, which commenced on January 31 with the President's Address to a joint sitting, had 29 sittings, clocking 176 hours and 39 minutes.

The House lost eight hours and 12 minutes due to disruptions, including one by the Shiv Sena over the flying ban by domestic airlines on one of its MPs who had allegedly thrashed an Air India employee.

Besides the GST bills, the House passed The Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill, 2016, the Enemy Property Bill, the Mental healthcare Bill, Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill 2016, HIV and AIDS (Prevention and Control) Bill, 2017 and 123 Constitution Amendment Bill and the Specified Bank Notes (Cessation of Liabilities) Bill, 2017.

"During the session, of the 560 starred questions, more than 136 were given oral answers, which comes to around 4.68 questions per day. 494 issues were raised under Rule 377 and 158 Private members Bills were introduced in the House," Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said in her valedictory remarks.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Samajwadi Party's patron Mulayam Singh Yadav and BJP veteran L K Advani were present in the House.

Different ministers gave 51 statements during the course of the session and laid 1864 papers on the table of the House.

Mahajan said the Budget Session also saw tabling of a combined Finance and Railway budget on February 1, almost a month before than the usual scheduled date, which was a "historic" step.

During the joint sitting of Parliament which was addressed by President Pranab Mukherjee on January 31, Lok Sabha member and IUML leader E Ahamed collapsed and was rushed to hospital. Later, he passed away due to massive cardiac arrest.

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