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Title : WHIP:Parliament related issues

Date : Dec 23, 2021

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Topic à Parliament related issues


  • What exactly is a whip:


  • A whip is a political party official who serves as the party's "enforcer" within the legislative assembly or house of parliament.
  • Parties appoint a senior member of their House contingent to issue whips; this person is known as the Chief Whip, and he or she is aided by additional Whips.
  • The British legislative system gave India the notion of the whip.
  • (Note: In parliamentary jargon, a whip is also a formal order requiring party members to be present for an important vote or to vote in a specific way.)


  • Whips' function:


  • They make every effort to guarantee that their fellow legislators attend voting sessions and vote in accordance with their political party's official policy.


  • What happens if you don't obey a whip:


  • If a legislator disobeys the party whip, she or he may face disqualification unless the number of parliamentarians opposing the whip is 2/3rds of the party's strength in the house. The Speaker of the House decides on disqualification.


  • Whip's limitations:


  • Whips cannot order a Member of Parliament (MP) or Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) to vote a certain way in certain circumstances, such as presidential elections.


  • The party issues three different types of whips:


  • A single-line whip is used to notify members of a political party about a vote. It permits a member to vote no if they do not agree with the party position.
  • Two-line whip: Issued to ensure that all members of the House are present at the time of voting.
  • Members are given a three-line whip instructing them to vote in accordance with the party line.


  • Source à The Hindu à 21/12/21 à Page Number 9

Tags : single-line whip, Two-line whip

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