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Modi livid over absent ministers, BJP MPs in the Parliament

01 August, 2017, 22:48 | Author: Paula Vaughn
  • SP chief and former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav said he had met Nawab on Eid and wondered as to why he had a'sudden change of heart. PTI File

Reacting sharply to the resignation of three SP Members of Legislative Council (MLCs) earlier in the day and reports of their joining the BJP, Yadav said he would not stop any of these members from quitting the party.

Shah told lawmakers at the BJP's weekly meeting of Parliamentarians on Tuesday morning: "This is not a good thing as people have elected MPs to represent them in the House".

Smriti Irani, in her 2014 affidavit for the Lok Sabha election, when she fought against Congress leader Rahul Gandhi at Amethi, had claimed that she had a BCom Part I from School of Correspondence, the University of Delhi in 1994.

The government suffered embarassment when the amendments were passed by 74 to 52 votes.

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"When the party issues a whip, members must be present in the House".

Union Minister Ananth Kumar said Shah took a strict view of the absence and asked lawmakers not to repeat this ever. "All parties have recommended about the Bill in the select committee", he added. The amendment sought to increase the number of members from three to five, including a woman and a minority candidate of OBC category. The BJP's strength is 56 while the ruling block enjoys the support of 88 members, counting 10 JD (U) MPs.

Congress also accused BJP of not being serious about the passage of the bill. "If there is no internal democracy inside the party, then it becomes a family run party, becomes caste based party, and when that happens, there is no talent left in the party", the BJP president added.

BJP president Amit Shah made it clear that becoming a Rajya Sabha MP did not mean giving up his organisational responsibilities as he was working wholeheartedly to strengthen the party at all levels. "The entire focus of a vistarak yatra is to strengthen the party organisation, but the political situation would have ensured that only such questions would be asked by everyone", said a senior source in the party. "This rose to Rs 7,10,966 crore in the 14th Finance Commission during the Modi government", he said.

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