Attending Parl is your basic responsibility: PM to party MPs

RSTV Bureau
FILE: New Delhi: File photo of BJP top brass - Prime Minister Narendra Modi, along with union ministers Arun Jaitley, Rajnath Singh, Venkaiah Naidu and senior leader L K Advani -- at BJP parliamentary party meeting. Photo - PTI

FILE: New Delhi: File photo of BJP top brass – Prime Minister Narendra Modi, along with union ministers Arun Jaitley, Rajnath Singh, Venkaiah Naidu and senior leader L K Advani — at BJP parliamentary party meeting.
Photo – PTI

Addressing his party leaders and lawmakers this morning, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed unhappiness over lack of quorum often causing delay in Parliament’s functioning. Asking them to ensure their presence in both the houses, Modi said he can call any of them any time.

Attending parliament is your basic responsibility, he told his party MPs at the BJP Parliamentary Party meeting on Tuesday, just ahead of the resumption of proceedings in the house.

Modi’s words came after Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar spoke about incidents of lack of quorum in both the Houses, including yesterday. Prime Minister said it should not be about requesting MPs to be present as it is their basic responsibility.

BJP members said he told them that it did not matter to him if they were in the Central Hall, a place to host joint sittings of Parliament where MPs often meet for informal conversation, as what is important is that they should be inside the Houses.

“I can call any of you any time,” he told them, a member said, adding that Modi sounded unhappy over absenteeism.

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

As representatives of lakhs of people of their constituency, it is their job to attend the House proceedings, he said.

In his briefing, Parliamentary minister Anantha Kumar said Modi also laid out the “road map” for the party as it gears up to celebrate its foundation day on April 6 and Dalit icon Bhim Rao Ambedkar’s birth anniversary on April 14.

(With inputs from the PTI)