The Parliament of India is the country’s highest legislative body that makes, amends or repeals laws. The Constitution of India provides for a Parliament comprising of the President, Rajya Sabha (Upper House) and Lok Sabha (Lower House). The President of India has the power to summon and prorogue either House of the Parliament and to dissolve the Lok Sabha. The two Houses meet at separate chambers of the Sansad Bhavan in New Delhi.
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Rajya Sabha is the Upper House of Parliament. It has not more than 250 members. Members of Rajya Sabha are not elected by the people directly but indirectly by the Legislative Assemblies of the various States. Every State is allotted a certain number of members. No member of Rajya Sabha can be under 30 years of age.
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The Lok Sabha is composed of representatives of the people from 543 constituencies, chosen by direct election on the basis of adult suffrage. A total of 131 seats (18.42%) are reserved for representatives of Scheduled Castes (84) and Scheduled Tribes (47) only. The maximum strength of the House envisaged by the Constitution of India is 552, which is made up by election of up to 530 members to represent the States, up to 20 members to represent the Union Territories and not more than two members of the Anglo-IndianMore
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The world’s largest democracy, India is a vibrant arena for politics and political parties. The Indian political spectrum ranges from the Left to the Right in terms of ideology and is dotted with national and regional players. For many years after independence, the Indian National Congress (INC) dominated India’s political scenario while the Communist parties donned the mantle of principal opposition. However the past few decades have witnessed the steady growth of the Bharatiya Janata Party into the principalMore
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