New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday issued a stern warning to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Members of Parliament (MPs) yet again for skipping proceedings of the two Houses.
Modi talked about the repeated absence of MPs during a parliamentary party meeting of the BJP. “As usual, the Prime Minister has said that there are no exceptions from being present in Parliament while the session is on. It is compulsory for everyone to be present," Pralhad Joshi, parliamentary affairs minister, said after the meeting.
Senior leaders present in the meeting also pointed out that the PM had asked Union ministers to carry out their Parliament roster duty when they are meant to be present in one of the Houses as a government representative. Modi has asked to be informed if ministers or MPs skip their duty, said these leaders.
This is not the first time when Modi has cautioned BJP MPs to attend Parliament proceedings. Modi had, during a meeting of the parliamentary party earlier in this session, issued a similar warning, asking MPs to be present in the House and take part in the discussions.
The party leadership had decided that the performance of MPs in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha would be taken into consideration at the time of nominating candidates for elections, BJP members said.
“The party leadership is very clear that an MP’s performance in the House will be a major criterion at the time of giving tickets during polls. An MP who has not performed the duty in the House would have to face the ire of the senior leadership," said a senior BJP leader who was present in the meeting.
Modi also asked MPs to work for the development of their respective constituencies and take up health issues. The Prime Minister told the MPs that they should take up a social cause as a “mission", apart from carrying out their duties as MP, Joshi added.
Modi spoke about diseases such as leprosy and TB. Modi also told the MPs that India had fixed a deadline of 2025 for eradicating TB against the global deadline of 2030, and asked MPs to work towards this.
PTI contributed to this story