Rule 357 of the Conduct of Business in Lok Sabha

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    • Recently, the Congress leader has referred to Rule 357 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in Lok Sabha.

    Rules and Conduct of Lok Sabha

    • The procedure and conduct of business in Parliament is regulated by rules made under Article 118 of the Constitution and, in relation to certain financial business, by law made by Parliament under Article 119 of the Constitution. (No such law has so far been made by Parliament under Article 119.)
    • The Constituent Assembly (Legislative) Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business came in force immediately before the commencement of the Constitution of India.
    • Rules were modified and adopted by the Speaker of Lok Sabha in exercise of the powers conferred on the Speaker by article 118(2) of the Constitution.
    • These Rules are amended by the Speaker from time to time on the recommendations of the Rules Committee of the House.

    What is Rule 357?

    • Personal explanation: It states, “A member may, with the permission of the Speaker, make a personal explanation although there is no question before the House, but in this case no debatable matter may be brought forward, and no debate shall arise.

    Source: IE