BJP president Amit Shah has asked party MPs to ensure their presence in Parliament so that draft legislations are backed by maximum number of lawmakers
New Delhi: BJP president Amit Shah, while addressing BJP MPs, asked them to their ensure their presence in the Parliament so that draft legislations are backed by maximum number of lawmakers.
Shah also asked MPs, including Union ministers, to attend a two-day orientation programme being held by the party on August 3-4, saying their attendance is a must, Parliamentary affairs minister Pralhad Joshi told reporters.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was present in the meeting, but did not address the MPs. He will speak at the programme, elaborating on Parliamentary procedure and rules, and also the saffron party's ideology.
In his speech, Shah said that the motion for consideration of the National Medical Commission Bill in Lok Sabha on Monday was passed with 260-48 votes. According to sources, the BJP president also stated that the margin should have been bigger.
The BJP alone has 303 members in the Lok Sabha while its allies have around 50 votes.
Since the opposition has often been pressing for divisions of votes, BJP members should be present in their respective House, he said.
Top BJP brass, including Modi, have time and again stressed on the need for the party MPs to be present in the Parliament. Modi has at times expressed his displeasure at the absenteeism.
In his briefing, Joshi told reporters that the Parliament has so far passed 15 bills.
There are six bills which have been passed by only Lok Sabha and are yet to get Rajya Sabha's nod.
There are four bills which have been passed by only by the Rajya Sabha and are yet to get Lok Sabha's nod, the Parliamentary affairs minister said.
He added that 11 other bills are still pending and will be tabled in both the Houses in the coming days.
"We request parliamentarians to sit late so that all these bills could be passed," Joshi said.
The ongoing session had started from June 17 and was scheduled to end on July 26, but it has been extended till August 7 now.
The session will go down in history as one of the most productive sessions in the recent times, he said.
Last Updated 4:29 PM IST