There was a (short-lived) furore recently over reports that Members of Parliament (MP) were planning to push a proposal seeking to elevate their status in the Warrant of Precedence (the list that determines the order of importance of dignitaries). Predictably, this was met with cries of ‘shame’ from the media and of course the MPs did their cause no good by being in the midst of yet another ‘let’s-stall-Parliament-to-make-our-point’. Such incidents have repeated themselves often enough in the last year over multiple issues, including in August 2010, when Parliament passed the Salary Allowances and Pensions of MPs’ Bill and more recently, when the Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) allocations were hiked to ₹ 5 crore per annum.
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