Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his disappointment over the issue of minimum attendance in parliament stalling work. He held out a warning that Bhartiya Janta Party lawmakers cannot afford to neglect.
The Prime Minister said-“I can call any of you anytime,” in a meeting and asked his party workers to make sure they do not miss a single day in parliament. As per a report, Prime Minister told BJP lawmakers that attending parliament is their first responsibility, and added that he-“can do a lot of things but cannot be present in the two Houses on their behalf”.
When Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar told about empty benches, lack of quorum, minimum attendence in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha in the ongoing budget session, PM ticked off parliamentarians. A quorum bell rings as an alert when there not enough lawmakers present in the house to halt the proceedings.
“MPs should not be be requested to attend parliament because it is their basic responsibility”– said PM in dismay. “MPs are representatives of people of their respective constituencies and it is their duty to attend house proceedings”– quoted by PM.
He added-” It does not matter if members say they are in the Central Hall, where lawmakers often gather and chat informally. It is important for every member to be inside the house.”
Narendra Modi, who took charge in 2014 as Indian Prime Minister, often asked members to be regular in parliament but this is the first time he warned them to do so.
PM Modi recollected the comments once given by a member of RSS-” The organisation has spread far and wide and its members have much work but do not appear to have time to attend the meetings. Lawmakers seem to have too much work to attend parliament.”