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Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha power, function, comparison

The powers of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha may be compared As regards

As regards Organisation: Lok Sabha represents all the people of India. Rajya Sabha represents States and Union Territories.

The Members of Lok Sabha are elected directly by the people of India, on the basis of Universal Adult Franchise.

As regards Ordinary Bills: In theory, both the Houses of Parliament enjoy equal powers as regards Ordinary Bills, but in practice, the position of the Rajya Sabha is not very strong.

As regards Money Bills: A Money Bill can originate only in the Lok Sabha. The Rajya Sabha cannot rejects or amend Money Bills. It can, however, express its opinion on such Bills and send its recommendations to the Lok Sabha.

As regards Amendments of the Constitution: Both the Houses of Parliament possess equal power, so far as the amendment of the Constitution is concerned.

As regards Controlling The Executive: In the matter of controlling the executive, the Lok Sabha is more powerful than Rajya Sabha. Both the Houses are empowered to expose grievances of the common man by moving motions of adjournment and by putting interpellations, short notice questions etc.

As regards Impeachment Proceedings: The Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, both are equally empowered to move impeachment proceedings against the President of India, and the Judges of the Supreme Court and the High Courts.


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