Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday came down heavily on BJP MPs over their attendance in Parliament. PM Modi warned asked them to report to him just in case they miss parliamentary proceedings. PM Modi ticked off parliamentarians after Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar spoke about incidents of lack of quorum in both the Houses, including yesterday, prompting the Prime Minister to say it should not be about requesting MPs to be present as it is their basic responsibility. The parliamentary meet was held in Parliament this morning. PM Modi has always stressed on good governance. His statement comes even as crucial bills are pending in Parliament which are needed to be passed during the ongoing second leg of Budget Session.
BJP members said he told them that it did not matter to him if they were in the Central Hall, a place to host joint sittings of Parliament where MPs often meet for informal conversation, as what is important is that they should be inside the Houses.
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“I can call any of you any time,” he told them, a member said, adding that Modi sounded unhappy over absenteeism.
Modi had in the past also asked members to ensure their presence but this is the first time he has spoken about in such detail and talked tough.
He recalled remarks of an RSS functionary that though the Hindutva organisation had spread far and wide, and its members had a lot of work to do but did not have time to attend shakha.
Likewise, MPs too seemed to have so much of work that they do not have time to attend Parliament, which should not be the case, he said.
As representatives of lakhs of people of their constituency, it is their job to attend the House proceedings, he said.
In his briefing, Kumar said Modi also laid out the “road map” for the party as it gears up to celebrate its foundation day on April 6 and Dalit icon Bhim Rao Ambedkar’s birth anniversary on April 14.
(With agency inputs)