Data released by the Lok Sabha regarding the performance of Members of Parliament (MP) in the house has thrown up interesting details about MPs from Punjab. The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) MP from Khadoor Sahib, Ranjit Singh Brahmpura, gets the dubious honour of not having asked a single question or participated in a single debate in the 16th Lok Sabha.
An experienced politician, Brahmpura has been four times Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) in Punjab having first been elected in 1977. He has also been a cabinet minister in the state from 1997 to 2002 and from 2007 to 2012. After being elected to the Lok Sabha in May 2014, he has been appointed as member of Standing Committee on External Affairs, Consultative Committee of Home Affairs and a member of Rules Committee. He is also the leader of SAD parliamentary party in Lok Sabha.
When The Indian Express tried contacting Brahmpura for his reaction he did not respond to phone calls of the text message sent to him.
Closely following on the heels of Brahmpura is the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJ) MP from Gurdaspur, and actor-turned politician, Vinod Khanna, who has asked only one question and participated in two debates in the present Lok Sabha. The third weakest performer in comparitive terms has turned out to be the SAD MP from Ferozepur, Sher Singh Ghubaya, having asked seven questions and participated in seven debates.
The highest number of questions in the Lok Sabha have been asked by the Congress MP from Ludhiana, Ravneet Singh Bittu, who has asked 140 questions and participated in five debates. The second highest number of questions have been asked by the the SAD MP from Anandpur Sahib, Prem Singh Chandumajra, who has asked 81 questions and participated in 17 debates. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MP from Sangrur takes the third place having asked 24 questions and participated in 16 debates.
The list also includes data for the Bathinda MP and Union Minister for Food Processing, Harsimrat Badal, and lists her as having asked zero questions and participated in three debates. However, being a cabinet minister she is not expected to put questions to her own government. Same is the case with Vijay Sampla, BJP MP from Hoshiarpur, who too has been appointed as union minister of state for social justice and empowerment who has been shown as having asked one question and taken part in four debates.
The AAP MP from Fatehgarh Sahib, Harinder Singh Khalsa, has not participated in a single debate though he is shown to have asked 16 questions. The AAP MP from Faridkot, Sadhu Singh, has taken part in only one debate though he has asked eight questions.
Among the other MPs, Santok Singh Chaudhary from Jalandhar has taken part in fou debates and asked 11 questions while the Deputy Leader of Lok Sabha and Amritsar MP, Capt Amarinder Singh, has asked nine questions and participated in six debates. Dr Dharamvir Gandhi, the AAP MP from Patiala took part in 12 debates and asked 15 questions.