Sunday, 30 April, 2017

PM Modi pulls up his MPs for absence in Parliament

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Tracy Craig | 22 March, 2017, 00:47

"Modi conveyed this in his brief address to Parliamentary party meet", a senior BJP MP said.

This was after Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar drew the top leadership's attention to the lack of adequate attendance during the Parliament session. "The Prime Minister has asked the MPs to camp in their respective Parliamentary constituencies and explain the benefits of the biggest taxation reforms initiated by the NDA government". He referred to instances when lack of quorum delay the business in both Houses, including one instance Monday. We should be in a position to reach him soon. The Prime Minister also tasked the MPs to popularise the achievements of the government, which will complete three years in the office on May 26.

Modi said that there can be no compromise on attending house while Parliament is in session. 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. As representatives of lakhs of people, it was their job to attend House proceedings, he said.

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The Prime Minister also shared a road map of the future activities of the party including its foundation day on April 6 and Baba Saheb Bhim Rao Ambedkar's birth anniversary on April 14. He advised the over 11 crore party members to join panchayat- and municipal-level meetings during the week-long celebrations to mark the two events.

All MPs, ministers and party functionaries will participate in these meetings, Kumar told reporters.

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