New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party lawmakers found skipping Parliament were put on notice by an annoyed Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday.
Informed that many of them were absent during the current second half of the budget session, Modi told them that they had a duty to attend Parliament and that he could call any one of them at any time during the session.
Modi, whose tone was described as “stern”, told BJP MPs at a parliamentary party meeting that while the National Democratic Alliance was working for the country—including the constituencies of errant MPs—he could not be present in the House on their behalf.
Modi made his displeasure known after parliamentary affairs minister Ananth Kumar pointed to instances of lack of quorum in both the house of Parliament. Modi said that the presence of MPs in both Houses should not be a request but should be seen as the basic duty of all Parliamentarians.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi was candid and stern in his message, and told all parliamentarians that they should be present in the house. PM also said that he would call any of the MPs anytime during the session,” said a senior BJP leader present at the meeting.