Can Rajya Sabha Reject a Bill?

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: November 14th, 2023

Rajya Sabha can block, pass, or reject ordinary bills however it cannot reject or amend the Money Bill. In the case of Financial Bills and Constitution Amendment Bills, the status of the Rajya Sabha is similar to that of the Lok Sabha. Rajya Sabha enjoys limited powers related to money bills. It has the sole power to send the money bill back to the Lok Sabha within 14 days with or without recommendations.

Rajya Sabha Powers for Bill Rejection

The Indian Constitution has imposed precise norms and limitations on the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha, the Lower House or House of People, which have more extraordinary powers in areas such as Money Bills. Whereas the Rajya Sabha has authority over All India Services and measures affecting the country’s federal framework.

It has the authority to reject and alter ordinary, constitutional, and financial bills. The Rajya Sabha, commonly known as the Council of States, is the Indian Parliament’s Upper House. The Rajya Sabha has 245 members, 233 of whom are elected by the legislatures of the states and union territories, and the other 12 are appointed by the President for a two-year tenure.

Bills in Rajya Sabha – Rules & Regulations

If the speaker declares a bill to be a Money Bill and the Lok Sabha passes it, Rajya Sabha has 14 days to recommend revisions. If the Rajya Sabha does not return the bill to the Lok Sabha, it is regarded as passed by both houses in the same form as the Lok Sabha gave it.

In the event of bills other than the money bill, such as constitutional, ordinary, and financial bills, Rajya Sabha has the same voting rights as the Lok Sabha.

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