The issue of absenteeism among BJP MPs from Parliament was raised at the parliamentary party meeting on Tuesday, with senior leader Mr. Rajnath Singh underlining the Prime Minister's dissatisfaction over lack of their adequate presence many times.
According to sources, Mr. Rajnath Singh made a mention of Mr. Narendra Modi’s dissatisfaction on the issue several times to make his point. He also asked party MPs to be present in large numbers when the Home Minister, Mr. Amit Shah, tables the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, as he asserted that this draft legislation is as important as the move to abrogate Article 370.
Rejecting the Opposition's criticism of the Bill, which seeks to grant citizenship to non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan if they faced religious persecution there, Mr. Singh asserted that the BJP has always worked to unite the country and its people.
Asking the party MPs to ensure their presence in Parliament as it is going to take up key Bills in the coming days, he said the Prime Minister had time and again spoken against absenteeism among the parliamentarians but the issue persists.
The Woman and Child Development Minister, Mrs. Smriti Irani, in her address, highlighted the efforts of her ministry in fighting malnutrition among pregnant women and infants, and said it had organised a record 3.5 lakh events in a month.