New Delhi: The Rajya Sabha was adjourned sine die on Tuesday after a three-month long Budget Session with Chairman Hamid Ansari expressing happiness that the House worked to its "optimal capacity".

Ansari, however, regretted that some time was lost in disruptions and many starred questions could not be taken up. "We need to introspect on the distinction between dissent, remonstration, agitation and disruption," he said in his valedictory address.

The session had 35 sittings, including the Special sitting on May 13 to celebrate 60th anniversary of the sitting of first Lok Sabha in 1952.

The House sat for more than 165 hours during which more than 22 hours were lost on issues like alleged atrocities committed on Tamils in Sri Lanka, alleged scam in coal block allocation, allegations by the Army Chief on the report of bribe to him and creation of Telangana.

The House bade farewell to 58 members, including Deputy Chairman K Rahman Khan, whose term of office ended in April. 61 new members joined the Upper House during the session.

In all 22 Bills were passed or returned during the session.

A unique feature of this session was discussion on two statutory motions, a device which was used after a very long time, the Chairman said.


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