Only 35 MPs in house to discuss internal securityApril 22nd, 2008 - 12:12 am ICT by admin
(From Corridors of Power)
New Delhi, April 21 (IANS) There were only 35 MPs in the Lok Sabha when the house was discussing internal security of the country Monday. Parliament could be discussing the price rise or internal security, there are times when few members turn up to participate in debates.
There were only 35 MPs present in the house at 4.20 pm when the status of internal security was being scrutinised as part of a discussion on the home ministry’s demand for grants.
There were fewer members in the house Thursday when the price rise was taken up for discussion.
‘Nasreen the only Bangladeshi living in India illegally’
How many Bangladeshis are living in India illegally? Only one, according to Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) MP Iliyas Azmi.
During a discussion in the Lok Sabha on the grants for the home ministry, the member said only one “Bangladeshi living in the country illegally was Tasleema Nasreen”.
The novelist had invited the wrath of a section of the Muslim community throughout her stay in India. She left for Europe for medical treatment last month.
Does Patil reply on time?
Monday was Kiren Rijiju’s day in the Lok Sabha. The flamboyant Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) member from Arunachal Pradesh took on Home Minister Shivraj Patil.
“It takes four to five days to receive replies from other ministries, while in the case of Patil’s ministry it takes much longer,” Rijiju quipped, asking how could Patil manage the country’s security affairs if his ministry worked like this.
Old habits die hard
Some Lok Sabha members are often seen talking and chatting even when the house is discussing important issues. That was the case again Monday when some MPs were raising important issue during zero hour.
Ministers of State Jai Prakash Narain Yadav and Akhilesh Kumar Singh were engrossed in confabulations with their party member Vijay Krishna from Mokama in Bihar. They all belong to Railway Minister Lalu Prasad’s Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD).