New Delhi: Congress President Sonia Gandhi
has disapproved of the absence of party MPs in Question Hour
in Lok Sabha with the party today warning of serious
consequences in future if members absented themselves.
"If the party MPs are deliberately absent, the
consequences could be very serious," party spokesperson
Abhishek Singhvi told reporters.
Congress sources said that Parliamentary Affairs
Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal is expected to write letters to
these MPs, in an obvious bid to express the party`s
displeasure over their absence.
Thirty-four members who had listed questions were absent
during the Question Hour yesterday, nine of them from
Congress. They were Eknath Gaekwad, Madhu Goud Yakshi, B
Jhansi Laxmi, Harsh Vardhan, Anto Antony, Vikrambhai Maadam, P
T Thomas, K Suresh and Shruti Choudhury.
An indication of the mood of the leadership was visible
at the AICC briefing with Singhvi making it clear that the
party has taken the matter very seriously.
In the Congress Parliamentary Party meeting held in the
last session, Gandhi, who is also the CPP Chairperson, had
expressed concern about the trend of MPs remaining absent
during proceedings of the House and wanted more attendance.
To a question whether the Congress President has sought
any list of the MPs who were absent during the Question Hour,
Singvi said, "She might have sought (the list)... Leave it to
us. We have our own internal procedure (to tackle the issue).
Everybody has regretted the absence..."