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An adjournment motion for a discussion on special category status for Andhra Pradesh has been moved in parliament recently.
FACTS FOR PRELIMS
No discussion on a matter of general public importance can take place except on a motion made with the consent of the presiding officer.The House expresses its decision or opinions on various issues through the adoption or rejection of motions moved by either ministries or private members.
It is introduced in the Parliament to draw the attention of the House to a definite matter of urgent public importance and needs the support of 50 members to be admitted; as it interrupts the normal business of the House it is considered an extraordinary device.
It involves an element of censure against the government hence the Rajya Sabha is not permitted to make use of this device.The discussion on an adjournment motion should last for more not less than 2 hrs and 30 min.