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Rajya Sabha: Upper house of the Parliament of India
The Rajya Sabha, constitutionally the Council of States, is the upper house of the bicameral Parliament of India. As of 2021 it has a maximum membership of 245, of which 233 are elected by the legislatures of the states and union territories using single transferable votes through open ballots, while the president can appoint 12 members for their contributions to art, literature, science, and social services. The potential seating capacity of the Rajya Sabha is 245, according to article 80 of the Indian Constitution. Members sit for staggered terms lasting six years, with about a third of the 238 designates up for election every two years, in even-numbered years. The Rajya Sabha meets in continuous sessions, and unlike the Lok Sabha, being the lower house of the Parliament, the Rajya Sabha is not subjected to dissolution. However, the Rajya Sabha, like the Lok Sabha, can be prorogued by the president.

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Winter Session of Parliament to be held from Dec 7 to 29, declares Pralhad Joshi |Oneindia News*News [Video]

Winter Session of Parliament to be held from Dec 7 to 29, declares Pralhad Joshi |Oneindia News*News

Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said that the Winter Session of Parliament will be held from December 7 to December 29 this year. Notably, this will be the first session during which..

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Bharat Jodo Yatra: Rahul's tribute to Indira Gandhi, only women to march today | Oneindia News *News [Video]

Bharat Jodo Yatra: Rahul's tribute to Indira Gandhi, only women to march today | Oneindia News *News

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