New Delhi: At a time when MPs are not seen to take their legislative business seriously — the last session was an exception — the younger MPs seem to be slowly making their mark and impact in the Lok Sabha.
Cutting across party lines, young members have scored higher on many fronts, especially attendance which was higher for them than the overall average.
Meenakshi Natrajan, the Congress MP from Mandsaur in Madhya Pradesh, has attended parliament for a whopping 85 percent of sittings since June 2009. The average attendance of all members is around 77 percent.
The politician participated in 16 debates and posed 135 questions against the average of 281, according to figures compiled by the PRS Legislative Research that works on parliamentary research and practices.
Congress MP from Lakshwadeep Hamdullah Sayeed, 31, attended 82 percent of sittings of parliament till now. He posed 572 questions and even moved two private member’s bills.
The Bharatiya Janata Party’s Anurag Thakur, 38, representing Hamirpur in Himachal Pradesh, attended 84 percent of sittings, participated in 61 debates and moved one private member’s bill. He asked 540 questions.
All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimmen member Asaudin Owaisi, 44, asked a whopping 1,042 questions. He attended 69 percent of sittings and participated in 38 debates.
Congress MP from Sangrur Vijay Inder Singla, 41, attended 85 percent of sittings and participated in four debates. Samajwadi Party member Yashvir Singh, 40, attended 87 percent of sittings and asked 585 questions. However, Congress scion Rahul Gandhi, 43, seems to have been busy with his party work as his attendance was a mere 43 percent. The data pertains to the period from June 2009 when these members were elected to the current session.