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NO CONFIDENCE RESOLUTION AGAINST RAJYA SABHA DEPUTY CHAIRMAN

NO CONFIDENCE RESOLUTION AGAINST RAJYA SABHA DEPUTY CHAIRMAN

Context

12 opposition parties of Rajya Sabha members moved a no-confidence resolution against Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman over the passage of two controversial farm Bills by the voice vote.

Relevant Rules of Procedures and Conduct of Business

  • Rule 256, Suspension of members is decided by the presiding officer of the house on the grounds such as a member who is disregarding the authority of the Chair or abusing the rules of the Council.
  • Rule 258 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in Rajya Sabha makes a provision to enable a member to raise a point of order, which provides like
    • Any member may at any time submit a point of order for the decision of the Chairman.
    • The Chairman’s decision shall be final in this regard.

About Deputy Chairman

The Deputy Chairman is elected by the Rajya Sabha itself from amongst its members. Whenever the office of the Deputy Chairman falls vacant, the Rajya Sabha elects another member to fill the vacancy.

How does the Deputy Chairman vacate his office?

The Deputy Chairman vacates his office in any of the following three cases:

  • If he ceases to be a member of the Rajya Sabha;
  • If he resigns by writing to the Chairman; and
  • If he is removed by a resolution passed by a majority of all the members of the Rajya Sabha. Such a resolution can be moved only after giving 14 days’ advance notice.
  • Further, when a resolution for the removal of the Deputy Chairman is under consideration of the House, he cannot preside over a sitting of the House, though he may be present.

Duties and Functions

  • The Deputy Chairman performs the duties of the Chairman’s office when it is vacant or when the Vice-President acts as President or discharges the functions of the President.
  • He also acts as the Chairman when the latter is absent from the sitting of the House.
  • The Deputy Chairman is not subordinate to the Chair-man. He is directly responsible to the Rajya Sabha.
  • The Deputy Chairman, while presiding over the House, cannot vote in the first instance; he can only exercise a casting vote in the case of a tie.
  • When the Chairman presides over the House, the Deputy Chairman is like any other ordinary member of the House.
  • He can speak in the House, participate in its proceedings and vote on any question before the House.
  • The Deputy Chairman is also entitled to a regular salary and allowance, which is fixed by Parliament and is charged on the Consolidated Fund of India.

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