BJP MPs suffer embarrassment as Naidu asks them to stand at meet for being absent


About 25 BJP MPs including Union minister Babul Suprio and Shatrughan Sinha, Varun Gandhi and Poonam Mahajan on Tuesday suffered the embarrassment of being named and asked to stand at a parliamentary party meeting for their absence during voting in the Lok Sabha on crucial bills last week.

Party sources said they were reprimanded when parliamentary affairs minister M Venkaiah Naidu read out names of the erring MPs who were absent during voting in Lok Sabha when the crucial land acquisition bill was passed.

Sources said while in two cases MPs were absent due to bereavement in family and a wedding, others failed to provide satisfactory reasons.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was present but did not speak at the meet. Earlier, Modi was learnt to be upset when 10 out of 46 BJP members in the Rajya Sabha skipped a vote on the motion of thanks to the President for his speech at the joint sitting. The Opposition had then embarrassed the government by successfully making an amendment to it about government failure to deal with corruption and recover black money.

Party sources said Naidu had in the previous meetings of the parliamentary party warned MPs that he would read out their names if they continued to remain absent from the proceedings of Parliament. At the last meet, Naidu even advised ministers not to engage MPs for consultative committee meetings.

Naidu reiterated the government would want the MPs to remain present in both the Houses when it was trying to get crucial legislations passed. He cautioned all the erring MPs over their absence and directed them to be present in their respective Houses as the BJP has already issued a whip for this week.