Only five MPs clock 100 per cent attendance in Lok Sabha; Sonia Gandhi’s record better than Rahul Gandhi

According to the attendance data maintained by PRS Legislative, a non-profit research body that tracks functioning of Parliament, nearly 25 per cent MPs, 133 of the 545, have attended more than 90 per cent of the sittings while the national average for lawmakers is 80 per cent.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: June 4, 2017 6:46 pm
Lok Sabha, Lok sabha attendance, sonia gandhi, rahul gandhi, narendra modi Sonia Gandhi recorded 59 per cent attendance as against 54 per cent recorded by Rahul Gandhi. (File photo)

Only five of the 545 members clocked cent per cent attendance in three years of the current Lok Sabha during which Congress President Sonia Gandhi attended more sittings than her son Rahul. Bhairon Prasad Mishra, the MP from Banda, Uttar Pradesh, participated in 1,468 debates and discussions, the highest in the Lok Sabha and has 100 per cent attendance record. Twenty-two lawmakers from the lower house attended only half of the sittings or less.

Records of the prime minister and some ministers are not available as it is not mandatory for them to sign the attendance register. The Leader of the Opposition is also exempted from this. The Congress president, who was unwell for some time, recorded 59 per cent attendance as against 54 per cent recorded by Rahul. In the last three years, Sonia Gandhi participated in five debates while the Rahul took part in 11 debates, including one on inflation.

According to the attendance data maintained by PRS Legislative, a non-profit research body that tracks functioning of Parliament, nearly 25 per cent MPs, 133 of the 545, have attended more than 90 per cent of the sittings while the national average for lawmakers is 80 per cent.

Congress veterans like Veerappa Moily and Mallikarjun Kharge, who is also the Leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha, recorded 91 and 92 per cent attendance respectively, while the party’s young guns like Jyotiraditya Scindia and Rajeev Satav attended 80 and 81 per cent of the Lok Sabha sittings.

The other four MPs who have cent per cent attendance are BJD MP from Jagatsinghpur Kulmani Samal and BJP MPs Gopal Shetty (North Mumbai-Maharashtra), Kirit Solanki (Ahmedabad West) and Ramesh Chander Kaushik (Sonipat-Haryana). Veteran parliamentarian and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav clocked 79 per cent attendance. His daughter-in-law Dimple Yadav is among those who attended less than 50 per cent of the Lok Sabha sittings. Dimple, who is the wife of former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, had only 35 per cent attendance.

mehbooba mufti, Lok Sabha, Lok sabha attendance, prs Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti attended only 35 per cent of the House proceedings until she quit in 2016. (PTI photo)

Former Union ministers Anbumani Ramdoss (PMPK) and Shibu Soren (JMM) have clocked only 45 per cent and 31 per cent attendance respectively. Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, who represented Amritsar until December 2016, attended only six per cent of the proceedings while his Jammu and Kashmir counterpart Mehooba Mufti attended only 35 per cent of the House proceedings. Mufti quit in January 2016 to take charge as the chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir after the death of her father Mufti Mohammed Sayeed.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath Yogi, who took reins of the state in March this year, continues to remain a member of the Lok Sabha. The five-time MP from Gorakhpur attended 72 per cent of the Lok Sabha proceedings. Gyan Singh, a BJP MP from Madhya Pradesh, and Deepak Adhikari, actor-turned-politician from West Bengal, have recorded eight and nine per cent, the lowest among all.

Interestingly, attendance of actors turned politicians continue to remain low. Apart from Adhikari, Mathura MP Hema Malini attended only 35 per cent of the Lok Sabha sittings. The actress had met with an accident in 2015. BJP MP and former union minister Vinod Khanna, who succumbed to cancer in April, attended 50 per cent of Lok Sabha sittings. The MP from Gurdaspur attended the House in the first half of the Budget Session that ended in February.

Chandigarh MP Kirron Kher had an attendance of 86 per cent. Fellow actor and Ahmedabad East MP Paresh Rawal, who was recently in the eye of controversy for his tweets on author Arundhati Roy, attended 68 per cent of the Lok Sabha sittings. Bhojpuri actor-singer and Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari has recorded 77 per cent attendance while comedian turned politician and AAP’s Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann attended only 52 per cent of the sittings.

‘Shotgun’ Shatrughan Sinha attended 70 per cent of the sittings, but the voluble MP from Patna Sahib in Bihar did not participate in any debate nor did he ask any question. TMC MP and actress Moon Moon Sen mirrored Sinha’s record.

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    Paban
    Jun 5, 2017 at 6:37 am
    Only attendance doesnot matter. Their performance in the hall is very important.
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      Nuladrinath Mohanty
      Jun 5, 2017 at 3:59 am
      Just like we have a qualifying attendance for a student to sit for university exam we should have a qualifying attendance mark for an MP seeking reelection.
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        Kulmohan Singh
        Jun 5, 2017 at 2:31 am
        5 out of 545 MPs. Less than 1 . At least the BJP MPs would go running anywhere if the PM commands.
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          NaveenNayak
          Jun 5, 2017 at 2:10 am
          It is high time we laid down strict rules for attendance of members in Lok Sabha, as in schools /colleges ! Anyone with less than 60 or 70 attendance SHOULD be totally disqualified; AND important, MPs ry should be linked to attendance figure; Leave of absence citing reasons must be submitted as in Offices; this record must be kept open for public so that they can know IF their MP deserved vote ! During session inside House, NO ONE should be allowed to USE Mobiles/Laptops at ALL; Can give short beaks once in 3 hrs for this !? Govt WILL save lot of Money for SURE by implementing the rules !!!
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            ak dev
            Jun 5, 2017 at 1:35 am
            RaGa has not learned any Raagaa. So whenever he opens his mouth, even donkeys runs away.
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              SK Gupta
              Jun 5, 2017 at 12:10 am
              Rahul hi is the biggest joker amongst politicians today. He has overtaken Laloo Yadav. Maximum jokes on social media are on him today!
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                John Joseph
                Jun 4, 2017 at 11:28 pm
                We are told again and again by 'experts' and 'talking heads' that Islam is a religion of peace. It is entirely irrelevant. It is meaningless fluff meant to make us feel better, and meant to somehow diminish the spectre of muslim fanatics rampaging across the globe in the name of Islam. 'The fact is that the fanatics rule Islam at this moment in history. It is the muslim fanatics who march. It is the fanatics who wage any one of 50 shooting wars worldwide. 'It is the fanatics who systematically slaughter Christian, Jews, Hindus, and Buddhists globally and are gradually taking over the entire world in an Islamic wave. It is the muslim fanatics who bomb, behead, murder, or honour-kill. It is the fanatics who take over churches and temples to built mosque after mosque. It is the muslim fanatics who zealously spread the stoning and hanging of rape victims and homo uals. It is the muslim fanatics who tell their young to kill.
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                  Mehemud Alam
                  Jun 5, 2017 at 3:17 am
                  Do not understand why blaming of Islam came in to picture in this topic of discussion. You are definitely igned to troll against Muslims in whatever may be the topic. Are you happy now after blaming and abusing Muslims? If yes then get lost ,if not even get lost you .....
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                  naushad
                  Jun 4, 2017 at 8:30 pm
                  rahul want see people in india.so he roaming in country.but our PM want p time.so he touring foreign countries
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