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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    Balasubramaniyan
    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.
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      Barinder
      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.
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        Pat
        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.
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          Vinod
          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
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            Vikrant
            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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              Anupa V.
              Aug 2, 2015 at 9:51 pm
              While in power Congress /UPA allowed Lalit Modi to go out of India and did nothing to bring back him. BJP government took immediate steps to bring him back.The matter is proceeding fast.As far hushma swarajya is concerned she did nothing illegal to act on humanitarian grounds.At that time there was no red corner notice against him.Congress is legally and morality wrong in asking resignations.Where was its morality when it's top minister Mr. Chidambaram did not resigned for 2G scam and the then Prime minister Mr.ManmohanSingh did not resign though Coal ministry was with him at the of Coal mega scam.On the contrary he had said that if coal files are lost what can he do?What a helpless PM he was?
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                Charansingh Lulla
                Aug 2, 2015 at 7:05 pm
                I fully agree with the suggestion of no work no pay.These persons are elected to work for the welfare of people and not to waste people's hard earned money.
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                  kulbhushan goswami
                  Aug 4, 2015 at 3:00 am
                  In fact when MP are being paid for the work they are expected to do to the satisfaction of its employer, it time to draw the terms of such services. In fact the are not the public representative for nothing. They are being paid handsomely and their job is also pensionable as is the case with other public servant. They must abide by certain rules and guidelines. They can,t be LAW UNTO THEMSELVES.
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                    varkey
                    Aug 3, 2015 at 1:11 am
                    BJP was almost disrupting parliament almost 10 years...I know lost of BJp supporters here.. Tel me a single time last 10 years in UPA rule they joined in any discussion...they have zero interest in any thing...but Modi name bring them together and some hope..and party finally win election due to Congress mis rules and high corruptions...finally people need a change
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                      George Cruz
                      Aug 3, 2015 at 2:46 am
                      The Union Minister Mahesh Sharma is stressing the need for hard work and advising the congress members to be productive. The PM Modi is a hard worker and sincere in his efforts to develop India into a first world country. The BJP and Modi has already put a viable economic map for the development of economy, infrastructure, education, and creation of jobs with "make in India concept, has started curbing the corruption, and BJP/Modi has achieved in one year the congress party couldn't achieve in the last 10 years. The reality is that the congress party during didn't achieve anything (ZILCH) meaningful during last 10 years of its rule, MMS in spite of his degrees in economics was quiet and didn't come up with any new ideas like Modi did, MMS never impressed foreign governments during is foreign visits like Modi did, congress party rule was riddled with scams and mismanagement, and overall the congress party leader Sonia didn't project any leadership qualities while Rahul traveled the world as a playboy.
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                        Lovely
                        Aug 2, 2015 at 7:22 pm
                        I fully agree , there should some rules for these unruly MPs/MLAs
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                          JM
                          Aug 3, 2015 at 2:37 am
                          Congress may agree to that suggestion if BJP MPs pay back their ries for their 10 years distruption during UPA govt.
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                            Shridhar Kher
                            Aug 4, 2015 at 12:07 am
                            Good idea, provided it is applied retrospectively. B.J.P. MPs were no different when in opposition.
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                              Manohar Sharma
                              Aug 2, 2015 at 11:56 pm
                              Yes, there must be no pay for no work.
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                                Meenal Mamdani
                                Aug 4, 2015 at 7:31 am
                                I think the BJP needs to come clean on this issue in the parliament and render an unconditional apology for using the same tactics when they were in opposition. Now that they are in the hot seat, they want cooperation from the opposition, something that was sorely missing during the days of the UPA govt. Let Modi come to parliament and apologize to UPA and ure it that BJP will not use such tactics at the Centre or in state legislatures where it is not in power.
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                                  Shekar
                                  Aug 2, 2015 at 7:22 pm
                                  If in any organization, in a work place a worker paralyses the working of others by his unruly conduct, how is he dealt with ?
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                                    nana
                                    Aug 3, 2015 at 12:23 pm
                                    We lost our Congress MP after election results. Our MP is missing since election results.the last photo we saw was he eating leddu
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                                      Avinash
                                      Aug 3, 2015 at 12:05 am
                                      Watch the Congrissees scream bloody murder on 'no work, no pay' suggestion. They have never worked in their life. Bloody moochers living off public dole.
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                                        Deep
                                        Aug 2, 2015 at 11:53 pm
                                        In addition, fines for those who storm the well. One days pay for first offence, one weeks pay for second and 1 months pay thereafter.
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                                          Indian
                                          Aug 3, 2015 at 9:06 am
                                          MP's are behaving like labours in factory not more then that. They even forgot why they are elected for , what is their duty towards the nation. Harming development of nation not less than anti national activities, they must be dealt with same degree of punishment.
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                                            pemala
                                            Aug 3, 2015 at 9:55 am
                                            The truth is Parliament is for discussion and legislation...not for arm twisting....you may be members of different committees, but your commitment to the nation shows in the parliament... fot tat policies do not work as all conditions are not the same. If all the BJP members commit harakiri will the congress do the same?
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