A file photo of M. Venkaiah Naidu ( Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint)
A file photo of M. Venkaiah Naidu ( Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint)

Rajya Sabha chairman Naidu reprimands members for low attendance

  • Tuesday is the last day of Budget session before a five-week break
  • BJP had issued a whip asking members to be present in Rajya Sabha to “support the stand of the government”

New Delhi: Rajya Sabha chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday pulled up members of the Upper House for “low attendance" on the last day of the first half of the Budget Session.

The session will now break for a five-week recess.

Naidu’s comments come a day after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) issued a three-line whip to its members asking them to be present in the Rajya Sabha to “support the stand of the government" while the House debates over the Union Budget.

The BJP, in the whip, had informed its Members of Parliament that "some very important legislative work will be brought to the House on Tuesday to be discussed and passed".

“Some political parties issued whip for the health of the house because today is the last day. We have been seeing attendance is very less and it is sending a very wrong message as if members are not interested in the Budget and in the House," Naidu said at the start of the session on Tuesday.

“That is why the leader of the opposition (LoP) and the Leader of the House asked if they can issue a whip. I said I will be happy if whip is issued regularly throughout the session so that members will be there," Naidu added.

A whip is a general guideline issued to party members in the House and is required to be followed by them.

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