Understanding The Parliamentary Numbers In The Jan Lokpal Bill [Who Supports Who]

Posted on December 27, 2011 in Politics at Play

By Saahil Menghani:

At the end of the day, it will be about numbers. Let’s see how do the numbers stack for the different parties(coalition) in Parliament:

LOK SABHA

UPA

The UPA has a 287 members in the Lok Sabha – good enough to pass the bill. Along with the Congress’ 207, the UPA has parties like the DMK, TMC, NCP, National Conference amd the Rashtriya Lok Dal to support it. On its own the government has the simple majority in the house.

The UPA can also count on the support of the Samajwadi Party, the BSP and the Rashtriya Janta Dal which is giving the government outside support in parliament.

NDA

Let’s see how the opposition numbers stack up in the Lok Sabha. The NDA including BJP’s 115 MPs has 150 members in the lower house.

LEFT & OTHERS

Independents, Left and other smaller parties have a numerical strength of 79

RAJYA SABHA

UPA

The government is in a poor state in the Rajya Sabha and that is where the real battle for passing the Lokpal bill will be fought. The UPA including 71 of the Congress has 94 members, far short of a simple majority.

Even outside support of the BSP, RJD and SP promises it only 27 more members

OPPOSITION

The combines strenght of the opposition in the Rajya Sabha including the NDA and the Left is 136

LOK SABHA

Congress- 207
DMK- 18
TMC-18
NCP-9
NC-3
RLD: 5
Others and Ind: 27
Total- 287

THE UPA HAS SIMPLE MAJORITY IN LOK SABHA TO PASS THE BILL

Outside Support:

SP- 22
BSP-21
RJD-4
Total: 47

GRAND TOTAL: 334

OPPOSITION

NDA:

BJP-115
JD(U)- 20
Shiv Sena- 11
SAD-4
Total- 150

LEFT & OTHERS: 79

GRAND TOTAL OF NDA + LEFT(& OTHERS): 239

RAJYA SABHA

UPA

Congress- 71
DMK- 7
TMC- 6
NC-2
NCP-7
RLD-1
Total: 94

GOVERNMENT DOES NOT HAVE SIMPLE MAJORITY IN RAJYA SABHA TO PASS THE BILL

Likely Support for UPA

RJD-4
BSP-18
SP-5
Total: 27

Opposition:

NDA
BJP- 51
JD(U)- 8
SAD-3
SS-4
Total: 64

Left and Others

72

AGAINST THE GOVT: 136

Saahil Menghani is the National Political Lead of Youth Ki Awaaz. With a keen eye on the political developments in the country, Saahil is a graduate in Journalism and has previously worked with the Times of India and CNN IBN.

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