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India

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Council of States

This is a bicameral parliament. Switch to theHouse of the People

Structure

Data on parliamentary sessions, parliamentary committees and parliamentary groups.

Sessions

Number of ordinary sessions of parliament per year
Dates of parliamentary sessions
Dates of parliamentary sessions
Parliament is usually in ordinary session Extraordinary sessions can be held
January
February x
March x
April x
May x
June
July x
August x
September
October
November x
December x
Number of days parliament met in plenary, per year
Not available
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All languages recognized in the constitution can be used in plenary meetings Answer “Yes” includes the countries where only one language is recognized by the Constitution.
Yes

Committees

Number of permanent committees This number does not include sub-committees or joint committees in bicameral parliaments.

Parliamentary groups

Parliamentary groups are recognized in the parliamentary rules “Parliamentary groups” are the primary means by which political parties organize themselves in parliament. They may also be known as “party groups”, “caucuses” or “fractions”. They are different from all-party groups on specific issues, or inter-parliamentary friendship groups.
Number of parliamentary groups
Not available
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Not applicable. There is no minimum number of members to form a parliamentary group
No
Independent members can jointly form a parliamentary group
Yes
Several parties can jointly form a parliamentary group
Yes
Relevant provisions about parliamentary groups in the parliamentary rules of procedure
From time to time, upon request, the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, accords recognition to parties, groups or members.