Absenteeism of MPs in Parlt irks Modi

As representatives of lakhs of people of their constituency, it is their job to attend the House proceedings, he said. Modi ticked off his MPs after Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anant Kumar complained about incidents of lack of quorum in both the Houses, including on Monday, when proceedings in the afternoon had to delayed due to absence of large number of MPs. "I can call any one of you at any point of time while the House is in the session", Modi said, while addressing the weekly Parliamentary party meeting of the BJP MPs.

Irked by this nonchalance of his colleagues, prime minister Narendra Modi has pulled up members in BJP parliamentary party meeting. Modi quipped, "I can not attend the Houses on your behalf".

Modi had in the past also asked members to ensure their presence but this is the first time he has spoken about in such detail and talked tough.

Media reports say PM Modi and Shah had breakfast with the MPs and thanked them for working hard to help the party come to power in Uttar Pradesh.

PM Modi also expressed his unhappiness over some BJP MPs for not having in-depth knowledge of the important Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill. The PM reportedly mentioned a remark made by an RSS functionary that though the ideological organisation had spread far and wide, members did not have time to attend shakhas. SHO of Sungarhi police station, Har Govind Singh, said, a group of 12 BJP workers, including party's district general secretary Ambrish Sharma, and Amitabh Tripathi, filed a written complaint about an "objectionable" image of Modi shared by Akram Ansari, a resident of Bhikharipur here, in a WhatsApp group.

The Prime Minister asked them to participate in the "Swachh Bharat" campaign on the BJP's foundation day on April 6.

  • Joanne Flowers