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Congress hits back at Union Minister Mahesh Sharma over his ‘no work, no pay’ remark

Mahesh Sharma had on Saturday said in Varanasi that there is a suggestion for applying 'no work, no pay' policy on MPs like it is being done with regard to bureaucrats.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: August 2, 2015 6:44 pm
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Congress on Sunday hit back at Union Minister Mahesh Sharma for his suggestion of ‘no work, no pay’ policy over logjam in Parliament, saying such views were “wrong” as Congress MPs were “working hard”.

“We are working. We have standing committee meetings, I have a select committee meeting on land tomorrow and also a standing committee meeting on health. Therefore, it is wrong to say MPs are not working. MPs are working hard,” Congress spokesperson Jairam Ramesh told reporters here, when asked about it.

Sharma had on Saturday said in Varanasi that there is a suggestion for applying ‘no work, no pay’ policy on MPs like it is being done with regard to bureaucrats, triggering a debate after which he went into a denial mode.

In its reaction, BJP on Sunday said there was no such proposal before the government but the government would not mind discussing the issue.

“Government would not mind discussion on ‘no work no pay’ issue. But as of now there is no such matter before the government,” Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman told reporters.

Blaming the BJP-led government for ongoing logjam in Parliament, Ramesh said there has been no change in their stand of “no resignation, no discussion”.

The party, which is cornering the government on the Lalit Modi and Vyapam controversies, is demanding the resignation of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

“We are not alone in Parliament. We are being supported by the Left parties, JD-U and several others,” Ramesh said.

“Questions were raised for how may days we can run it (our demand) but from day one we are saying resignation first and discussion later,” he added.

Talking about Congress Parliamentary Party meeting tomorrow morning, he said the party’s stand would become clear in the speech of president Sonia Gandhi.

He reminded of the stand taken by BJP five years ago when they said Parliamentary disruption is a “legitimate tactic”.

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  1. B
    Aug 2, 2015 at 9:40 pm
    There are several nonsensical explanations of members of LS and RS to oppose "No work No pay". Every RS/LS member has forgotten they are there only at the will of the pupil and at the expenses of people. They are not masters but public servants, mere public servants. They have promised to serve public where as public have promised to serve members. So, either serve or get out and you have no right to disrupt parliamentary proceedings. All members are bound by this. While they take oath this is what they say and sign on dotted lines. It is our system which has made members as MASTERS and public is made to be slaves. We must change the system by kicking all current members and vote new faces to serve us. Members do not have right to dictate public.
    1. B
      Aug 2, 2015 at 10:10 pm
      Speaker of the House should expel all those MPs that continually disrupt the proceedings of the house without pay and fringe benefits. We send these MPs to intelligently indulge to p laws and not to behave like street urchins.
      1. P
        Aug 3, 2015 at 4:03 am
        The original idea was of public mr sharma is just echoing our views. The common man is not paid when no work is done, it should apply to congress who have been a nuisance to the lives of people and progress of the country for the past 60 years. Divide and rule doesn't work, people can read between lines and can't be misled anymore.
        1. V
          Aug 3, 2015 at 1:51 am
          Government must suspend sushmaswaraj,vasundhar raje,shiv raj chowhan,smriti irani first to reveal truth as they suspend officers and give example to public of its sincerity and morality and do public good at large opposition view an demand is right
          1. V
            Aug 2, 2015 at 7:05 pm
            Along with "no work no pay" suspension incase of non adherence to rules should be strictly enforced. These MPs openly flout the rules like waving placard and wearing bands. If these Congress MPs think they are above law they need to be taught lesson. Parliament is temple of democracy and not 10 Janpath
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