Why the Lok Sabha is more powerful than the Rajya Sabha?

Question: Three reasons to justify why the Lok Sabha is considered to be more powerful than the Rajya Sabha?

Answer: Following are the three reasons to justify why Lok Sabha is considered to be more powerful than Rajya Sabha:

The members of Lok Sabha are directly elected by the people of India, whereas Rajya Sabha is an indirectly elected body. Thus, in the Indian democratic setup, Lok Sabha acts as the mirror and voice of the nation.

The Council of Ministers is responsible to the Lok Sabha. It is not responsible to the Rajya Sabha. The Lok Sabha may pass a No-Confidence Motion against the Council of Ministers. This power is not enjoyed by the Rajya Sabha.

The Lok Sabha controls the national purse. In fact, the power of the Lok Sabha over national income and expenditure is absolute. The Constitution has made the Rajya Sabha powerless in this regard. If the Annual Budget is finally passed by the Lok Sabha then Rajya Sabha can delay it only for 14 days.


The Union Legislature

The Union Parliament consists of the President and two houses—The House of People commonly known as the Lok Sabha and the Council of States known as the Rajya Sabha. The Parliament is a body of people’s representatives who have the supreme power and authority of governance in a democratic country. Read more

The Supreme Court

The Supreme Court is the head of the Indian judiciary and supervises the functions of the lower courts. A single civil and criminal system of laws operates all over the country. By the way of appeal, cases from the High Court may be taken to the Supreme Court. Read more

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Human rights refer to freedoms and rights which should be available to all human beings irrespective of their caste, class, gender, and religion. These rights include the right to life, the right to freedom of speech and expression, the right to equality, the right to education, etc. Read more

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