‘I can call any of you any time’: PM Modi talks tough to MPs on Parliamentary attendance

On Monday, several questions were not taken up in the Rajya Sabha as the ministers were not present to answer them.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: March 21, 2017 12:23 pm
narendra modi, parliament, lok sabha, rajya sabha, BJP, BJP minister attendance, BJP MP attendance, BJP MP lok sabha Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the party’s parliamentary board meeting in New Delhi on Sunday (PTI Photo by Shahbaz Khan)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked BJP members to ensure their presence in Parliament amid instances of lack of quorum in both the Lok Sabha as well as the Rajya Sabha. The prime minister’s direction came at the party’s parliamentary meeting in the national capital. The ongoing budget session of Parliament, that convened on January 31, will conclude on April 12.

At the meeting, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar spoke about incidents of lack of quorum in both Houses prompting an ‘unhappy’ prime minister to tell the MPs that attending Parliament is their basic responsibility.

“I can call any of you any time,” the PM told the MPs, a member told PTI. This was the first time the PM talked tough about attendance even though he has raised it earlier.

On Monday, several questions were not taken up in the Rajya Sabha as the ministers were not present to answer them. In some cases, certain members who had raised the questions were not present either. Towards the end of the question hour, only a handful of ministers like Nirmala Sitharaman and Sanjeev Balyan were present, both of whom are not part of the union cabinet.

The low attendance of the ministers prompted the Congress members to complain to Rajya Sabha chairman Hamid Ansari who in turn said, “This is not a happy state of affairs.” Ghulam Nabi Azad, Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, said, “This is an example of ‘maximum ministers, minimum governance’.”

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    KK
    Mar 21, 2017 at 11:35 am
    why Feku was running away when MPs asking questions on demonetization ?
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      AG
      Mar 21, 2017 at 7:29 am
      But he himself was missing from parliament for days together when wanted most during the debate on demonetization which never happened because of his absence.
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        Shekar
        Mar 21, 2017 at 5:34 pm
        U know urself
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          MannA S
          Mar 21, 2017 at 3:48 pm
          Time is running out.Practice what you preach.
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            ashok s
            Mar 22, 2017 at 12:26 am
            Not only ministers , but babu's , govt offices, helpline or forums to help netizens are not functional. Govt has to be serious, only winning election is not their agenda . govt should work for people s.
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              Tushar
              Mar 21, 2017 at 12:44 pm
              Mr PM G aaap pehle thik ze attend karke dikhao sabko ..then only U hve the right to order them ..LoL sir u are the most absent PM in the Parliament n the Indian history ... And Mr sir I remind u ..You have not ful filled any of the major promises U have made before the election yet ...So please sir ji.. Instead of appointing many IT cell employees to praise u in every media by paying . Do something productive G
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                Tushar
                Mar 21, 2017 at 12:23 pm
                Rahul is not PM u budhu.... PM is the head . and he is the least attended PM in the Parliament if calculated by average
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                  Tushar
                  Mar 21, 2017 at 12:25 pm
                  U moron vargheey vadhi get lost
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                    bharat
                    Mar 21, 2017 at 11:39 am
                    to be happy do you need a pm to make you happy. cut throat compeion depression has pulled us down...
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                      rishi
                      Mar 21, 2017 at 1:06 pm
                      Corruption and non-performance are already under severe check......congress failed to do that those 65yearsof easy life of easy money many of your ilk would be missing now !
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                        rishi
                        Mar 21, 2017 at 1:16 pm
                        Enough political-minded defeatists in the comments section here who do not know what a CEO should stand for ......PM Modi's HR And Personnel Management is briliant and proven to be performance oriented till date......the key to success being his honesty of intent to deliver even to his critics, adversaries and non-supporters
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                          rishi
                          Mar 21, 2017 at 10:10 am
                          In today's time, India needs a very tough administration.....right from the top . PM's message has very clear similar impact down the line in Govt. administration.....thw MPs will make their juniors and staff equally disciplined and accountable .... right down to the centrall govt. offices and insutions , state govt.'s vidhansabhas, sachivalayas, district and regional level govt. offices and insutions, subdivisions and deputy-collectorates, and till the villages,panchayat members etc. who all make up a mammoth public administraations which run at the cost of lakhs of crores of rupees the citizens' hardearned money that goes as taxes to the govt. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Team-BJP has always believed and practised pure and benevolent business-like approach to administering governance....and rightly so, we have a GUJJU CEO Narendra Modi who will ensure that his business succeeds......the business of running the government of India in the interest of a billion-plus Indians lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;We are blessed . And BJP-Led-NDA must continue wheartedly to adopt all the good and result-oriented practises of the private-sector corporates ....or for that any organisation with a sincerity of intent to deliver .....while ensuring ethics and discipline.
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                            rishi
                            Mar 21, 2017 at 1:03 pm
                            Only a dumb person would not want his government to be disciplined, accountable and competent which is what the Prime Minister's message is to those in public service. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Widen your horizons as a citizen......and learn to take the best what you can from your government.....
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                              rishi
                              Mar 21, 2017 at 7:54 pm
                              Some "obsessively anti-Modi elements" in the comments section here who do not know what a CEO should stand for ......PM Modi's HR And Personnel Management is briliant and proven to be performance oriented till date......the key to success being his honesty of intent to deliver even to his critics, adversaries and non-supporters
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                                Ekkandy Aboobacker
                                Mar 21, 2017 at 4:04 pm
                                Modi himself is rarely attending the Parliament . How can he tell others to attend
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                                  Feku
                                  Mar 21, 2017 at 8:28 am
                                  Haha fekubaazi should look himslef in the mirror. He should reveal his attendence before the public from 2014.
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                                    talwar
                                    Mar 21, 2017 at 9:37 am
                                    people here talking about modi's presence in parliament. the last time he was in parliament there was a huge ruckus created by congress and co and boycotted the embly. cant take a raincoat jibe what kind of PM we had till 2014.
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                                      Hassan MI
                                      Mar 21, 2017 at 8:53 am
                                      Bhaashan chacha
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                                        Truth
                                        Mar 21, 2017 at 12:21 pm
                                        When the Opposition asked for debate on DeMon the P M absconded....now that B J P will have majority in Rajya Sabha and there will be no one to question his DeMons, hence we see the sudden "strictness" drama towards attendance !
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                                          Vijay S
                                          Mar 21, 2017 at 9:08 am
                                          It is shameful, those enjoging consutional privileges need to be reminded of their basic responsibility to attend the house.
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                                            m
                                            Mar 21, 2017 at 7:15 am
                                            does the congress not have retirement policy - next we will have press conference for people in the grave
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