New Delhi, July 27: The Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken BJP MPs to task for lack of required numbers for laws to be passed in the Rajya Sabha, saying that it was their responsibility and not that of the opposition's to get government business going.
PM Modi outburst was provoked by Rajya Sabha's inability to take up a discussion on a maritime bill on Friday evening due to the lack of minimum attendance for the House to take any up business. Only 23 out of the 56 BJP MPs were present in the House.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar and his junior Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi had referred to recent instances in the Rajya Sabha where the government had to face embarrassment due to a lack of quorum.
Since he took charge in 2014, PM Modi has often asked members to be regular in parliament, but this is the first time that the advice came in the form of a reprimand, said party leaders.
During parliament's Budget session too, PM Modi warned BJP lawmakers that he had asked partymen not to miss a single day in parliament and warned that he could check on them.
When there aren't enough members in the house 10% of the strength of the House is the minimum a quorum bell sounds an alert for three-and-a-half minutes and proceedings are halted until more lawmakers arrive. If they don't, the proceedings have to be adjourned.