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At BJP meet, first-time MP complains: ministers inaccessible, don’t listen

Though Naidu tried to stop Singh from raising the point in the forum, his comments were met with applause from several other MPs.

Written by Liz Mathew | New Delhi | Published: May 7, 2015 2:08 am
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A first-time BJP MP criticised the government on Wednesday, saying that most ministers don’t respond to issues raised by party MPs. He added that ministers remain inaccessible to MPs and don’t respond to their emails.

In an intervention during the BJP parliamentary party meeting, Bharat Singh, BJP MP from Balia in Uttar Pradesh, accused ministers of dealing with MPs with disdain.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi was present when the MP spoke.

A party MP present at the meeting, who did not wish to be named, said that even though Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu tried to stop Singh from raising the point in the forum, his comments were met with applause from several other MPs.

Sources said Singh was seated in the rear and could not be heard properly till someone passed him a microphone.

Sources added that Singh also praised Modi for his leadership and the initiatives taken by him.

Singh, according to two MPs present in the meeting, asserted that “despite loud speeches here”, work under central projects was not being done properly on the ground. He specifically mentioned projects under Prime Minister’s Gram Sadak Yojna and programmes initiated by the Health Ministry, they said.

Despite repeated attempts, Singh could not be reached for his comments.

Admitting that Singh had raised an issue in the meeting, Naidu claimed he was merely talking about non-cooperation from the state governments in implementing projects and welfare schemes initiated by the Centre.

“Especially in the case of Uttar Pradesh, party MPs are not getting any support,” Naidu said.

At the BJP meet, ministers and MPs were asked to launch a campaign from May 26 to June 1 to communicate to the people the welfare measures taken by the government for the underprivileged sections and farmers.

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  1. T
    May 7, 2015 at 10:02 am
    Bharat Singh, BJP MP from Balia in Uttar Pradesh could at least speak out think about hi Nagar MP or Minister from Vidisha.
    1. L
      May 7, 2015 at 11:56 am
      Non accessbility is ages old problem. Those who enter ivory tower remain invisible. Perhaps he has not understood the ground realities of Indian political system. This is called power arrogance.
      1. P
        Parth Garg
        May 7, 2015 at 2:23 pm
        Poor MP. he dialled a wrong number. The Ministers themselves have the same problem with them. Neither the PM nor the bureaucracy is accessible to them or responds to their calls. A helpless cannot help another helpless. So there!
        1. G
          Girish Rao
          May 7, 2015 at 8:49 pm
          Aaptard spotted. . . sorry dear i cudnt hide my funny side aftet reading your comment
          1. R
            May 7, 2015 at 3:11 pm
            BJP is a transparent organisation and it allows for complaints at such meets. This is the surest way any organisation can hope to keep on delivering as it keeps addressing the difficulties and grievances of the people in governance themselves ...the first time MP did the right thing and the stalwarts present, including Modi too would be able to regulate their interaction with party MPs. The nation has high hopes from Modi-Led-BJP in the government and removal of all communication-gaps between individual MPs and the departments concerned in implementation of govt. schemes and policies must be taken up in such parliamentary board meetings.
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