New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday expressed his displeasure over BJP members' absence from both Houses of Parliament leading to trouble or embarrassment for the government.
Modi's remarks came during weekly BJP parliamentary party meeting just after parliamentary affairs minister Ananth Kumar and his junior Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi's reference to incidents and problems arising out of lack of quorum.
In his response, the prime minister said that "he was worried and not satisfied with members' percentage of presence in houses," according to a BJP MP.
The government had to face an embarrassing situation in the Rajya Sabha last week when a bill on jurisdiction and settlement of maritime claims could not be taken up due to lack of quorum.
Modi also called upon the BJP MPs to observe fortnight programmes of Sankalp Yatra and hold Tiranga Yatra in their constituencies to celebrate 70th Independence Day.
"The prime minister said that this year there will be nationwide celebrations starting from 9 August till 15 August. After this, for 15 days a sankalp yatra will be conducted throughout the nation, pledging development of nation and every individual," Kumar told reporters after the meeting.
"The prime minister also stated that from 1947 till now, India reached new heights but till 2022, India will become a power to reckon with in the world," he added.
Kumar also said that the prime minister said that they have to change the lives of poor by three ways – by welfare, by social harmony and by good governance.
Modi also said that Ram Nath Kovind taking oath as 14th President of India is a historic day in BJP's journey, started by Syama Prasad Mookerjee", according to a BJP leader.
The BJP Parliamentary party also condemned the "atrocious behaviour" of six Congress Lok Sabha MPs who were on Monday suspended for five consecutive sittings after they tore up papers and threw them in the air and towards the Speaker's podium.
Updated Date: Jul 25, 2017 19:54 PM