The numbers that will affect the Lokpal debate

The numbers that will affect the Lokpal debate

The UPA has 287 members in the Lok Sabha, which is good enough to pass the Lokpal Bill.

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  • Last Updated: December 27, 2011, 9:04 AM IST
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New Delhi: The UPA has 287 members in the Lok Sabha, which is good enough to pass the Lokpal Bill. Along with the Congress's 207 members, the UPA has parties like the DMK, TMC, NCP, National Conference and the Rashtriya Lok Dal to support it. On its own the government has the simple majority in the House.

The UPA can also count on the support of the Samajwadi Party, the BSP and the Rashtriya Janta Dal which is giving the government outside support in Parliament.

The NDA, including the BJP's 115 MPs has 150 members in the lower House. Independents, the Left and other smaller parties have a numerical strength of 79.

The government is in a poor state in the Rajya Sabha and that is where the real battle for passing the Lokpal Bill will be fought. The UPA, including 71 members of the Congress has 94 members, which is far short of a simple majority.

Even outside support of the BSP, the RJD and the SP promises it only 27 more members. The combined strength of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, including the NDA and the Left is 136.

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