BJP-led NDA has a majority in LS, but it's 62 short of magic figure in Rajya Sabha

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NDA 60 short of majority in Rajya Sabha
The BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) has got a clear majority in the Lok Sabha. But what is its status in the Rajya Sabha? Is its position strong or weak in the Upper House?

Here are some facts and features of the Rajya Sabha or Council of States:

About Rajya Sabha:
Rajya Sabha is the Upper House of the Parliament of India and comprises 250 members at the most. Twelve out of the 245 members are nominated by the President of India from various walks of the society while the rest are elected by the legislatures, state and territorial. The tenure of each member is six years and one-third of the Houses's members retire every two years. The Vice-President of India is the ex-officio chairman of the Rajya Sabha. The Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha presides over its sessions in the absence of the chairman.

The salaries and other benefits of the Rajya Sabha members are same as their Lok Sabha counterparts.

Functioning: The Rajya Sabha is a continuous body and is never dissolved like the Lok Sabha. In case there is a conflict of legislation between the two houses, a joint sitting of the two houses is held.

Party-wise membership of the Rajya Sabha:

NDA parties

BJP 46

TDP 6

SAD 3

Shiv Sena 3

LJP 1

MNF 1

NPF 1

RPA (A) 1

BSP 14

AIADMK 10

Trinamool Congress 12

BJD 6

BPF 1

CPI 2

CPI(M) 9

DMK 4

INLD 2

NC 2

JD(U) 9

SP 9

JMM 1

Kerala Congress (M) 1

NCP 6

RJD 1

SDF 1

TRS 1

Independent 9

Nominated 10

[Source: rajyasabha.nic.in]

The NDA has 62 seats in the Rajya Sabha at the moment while the majority mark is 124.

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