Only 5 MPs clock 100% attendance in Lok Sabha

Sonia Gandhi has a higher percentage than her son, Rahul.

June 04, 2017 10:08 pm | Updated 10:09 pm IST - New Delhi

Bhairon Prasad Mishra, MP from Banda, Uttar Pradesh, participated in 1,468 debates and discussions, the highest, and has 100% attendance. Photo: india.gov.in

Bhairon Prasad Mishra, MP from Banda, Uttar Pradesh, participated in 1,468 debates and discussions, the highest, and has 100% attendance. Photo: india.gov.in

Only five of the 545 members clocked 100% attendance in the current Lok Sabha with Congress president Sonia Gandhi attending more sittings than her son Rahul Gandhi.

Bhairon Prasad Mishra, MP for Banda, Uttar Pradesh, participated in 1,468 debates and discussions, the highest, and has 100% attendance.

Twenty two lawmakers from the Lower House attended only half the sittings or fewer.

Records of the Prime Minister and some Ministers are not available as it was not mandatory for them to sign the attendance register.

The Congress president, who was unwell for some time, recorded 59% attendance as against 54% by Mr. Gandhi. Ms. Gandhi participated in five debates, while her son took part in 11 debates, including one on inflation. According to the attendance data maintained by PRS Legislative, a non-profit research body, nearly 25% of the MPs, 133 of the 545, have attended more than 90% of the sittings while the national average for lawmakers is 80%.

Not far behind

Congress veterans like Veerappa Moily and Mallikarjun Kharge, who is the Leader of the Congress in the House, recorded 91% and 92% attendance, respectively, while the party’s young guns like Jyotiraditya Scindia and Rajeev Satav attended 80% and 81% of the Lok Sabha sittings.

The other four MPs who have cent per cent attendance are BJD MP Kulmani Samal (Jagatsinghpur) and BJP MPs Gopal Shetty (North Mumbai), Kirit Solanki (Ahmedabad West) and Ramesh Chander Kaushik (Sonipat).

Former Uttar Pradesh CM Mulayam Singh Yadav clocked 79% attendance. His daughter-in-law Dimple Yadav has less than 50% attendance.

Chandigarh MP Kirron Kher and Mathura MP Hema Malini have 86% and 35% attendance, respectively. Ahmedabad East MP Paresh Rawal attended 68% of sittings.

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