Union Minister Piyush Goyal is set to be the Leader of the House in the Rajya Sabha.
He will replace Thaawarchand Gehlot, who is now the Governor of Karnataka.
- This replacement signals the induction of a younger leader for a role that is usually handled by veterans.
- Piyush Goyal was deputy leader when Gehlot was the leader of the house.
- Thaawar Chand Gehlot has been now appointed as governor of Karnataka.
- Before becoming a minister in 2014, Goyal was BJP treasurer. He was also engaged in poll management activities.
- As deputy leader of the House of Elders, Goyal has been an effective floor manager and played a role in the passage of key legislation.
About the Leader of the House in Rajya Sabha:
- The leader of the House is the “leader and parliamentary chairperson” of the majority party in Rajya Sabha.
- The Leader is usually either a cabinet minister or another nominated minister.
- The Leader of the House is responsible for organizing government meetings and business in the House.
Is it a constitutional post?
- No, the Office of the leader of the House is not enshrined in the constitution.
- It is provided under the Rules of Rajya Sabha.
Rajya Sabha or Council of States:
- It is the upper house of the bicameral Parliament of India.
- It is a permanent body and is not subject to dissolution.
- It has a maximum membership of 245 as of 2021. Out of 245, 233 members are elected by legislatures of states and union territories by single transferable votes through Open Ballot.
- 12 members are nominated by President for their contributions in the fields of art, science, literature and social services.
- The maximum seating capacity of Rajya Sabha is 250 in which 238 can be elected and 12 are nominated.
- Article 80 of the Constitution provides that, members sit for staggered terms lasting six years.
- Elections are held every year with about a third of 233 designates up for election every two years.
Note: The Upper House was founded on 3 April 1952 by the Constituent Assembly of India. It is headquartered in New Delhi.