Shiv Adsul asked 12,80 questions in 15th LS
DNA, May 08, 2015
Shiv Sena MPs and their ideological rival Hyderabad MP Asaduddin
Owaisi of All India Majlis-e-Itehadul-Muslimeen (AIMIM) have
been adjudged the top performers of the 15th Lok Sabha.
A book released by
Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan here on Thursday has recorded
that Shiv Sena's Anandrao Adsul tops the list of MPs who asked
maximum questions between 2009 and 2014 (period of 15th Lok
Sabha). Adsul asked 1,280 questions, followed by his party
colleague Gajanan Babar with 1,185 questions. Owaisi stands at
third place with 1,141 questions, followed by Pradeep Manjhi
(Congress) with 1,112 questions.
The book notes that
top leaders such as Congress president Sonia Gandhi, her son and
party vice-president Rahul Gandhi and Samjawadi Party supremo
Mulayam Singh Yadav and 52 others are the worst performers, who
didn't ask a single question in the last 15th Lok Sabha.
In terms of states,
Maharashtra, Kerala, Orissa, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu are the ones
whose MPs asked maximum questions.
Similarly, the top
political leaders showed no interest in full utilisation of the
MPLAD (MP Local Area Development) fund in their constituencies
as nearly 30 per cent of the total allocation of Rs 19 crore to
each of the MP lapsed for non-utilisation. Sonia could spend
only 69%, Rahul 61%, Mulayam (76%), Lal Krishna Advani (57%),
Sharad Pawar (67%) and Sharad Yadav (62%).
'Representatives at Work', the book brought out by research
organisation Centre for Democracy and Peace, examines the role
of the MPs from different angles. Sonia and Rahul also appear
poorly in terms of spending less than 50% time in the House,
while Congress member K P Thanapalan registered 100% attendance.
Mulayam topped the seniors with maximum 85% presence in the
The 15th Lok Sabha
also set a new record of the proceedings disrupted 51,593 times
in five years due to ruckus, with as many as 570 adjournments
and as many as 829 times. The book says that the last Lok Sabha
wasted 40% of time while pandemonium and other disruptions
wasted as many as 888 hours and 47 minutes.
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