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Vacant treasury benches angers Oppn in RS

Govt Monday came under sharp attack from the Opposition for the poor attendance of members of the ruling coalition in Rajya Sabha during the debate on Motion of Thanks to the President`s Address, with BJP calling it a "mockery".



New Delhi: Government Monday came under
sharp attack from the Opposition for the poor attendance of members of the ruling coalition in Rajya Sabha during the debate on Motion of Thanks to the President`s Address, with
BJP calling it a "mockery".

Resenting the low turnout of UPA members during the
debate, S S Ahluwalia (BJP) said only four of the 70 members
from the treasury benches were present.

P J Kurien, who was in the Chair tried to pacify the
senior BJP leader pointing out that two Union ministers were
present and more members would be coming.

"It is a mockery. It never happened. Normally the Leader
of the House is present. Where is the mover of the motion?
Where is the seconder of the motion. The motion has been moved
by the Government and it (the poor attendance) shows the
importance being given to the motion," Ahluwalia said.

His party colleague Rama Jois said the government was "not
interested" in the Motion.
CPI-M member P Rajeeve also objected to their low
attendance, which remained between four to six for almost
30 minutes.

Earlier during the Zero Hour, Piyush Goyal (BJP) also
criticised the government over poor attendance of ruling
alliance members.

"Nobody is in treasury benches even to listen. We are
raising a very important issue in the Zero Hour," Goyal said
seeing only six members from the UPA including one minister
Vilasrao Deshmukh in the treasury benches then.

He was raising concern over inadequate auditing and
rising non-performance assets in public sector banks in his
Zero Hour mention.

More UPA members, however, turned up minutes before the
Upper House was adjourned for lunch.

PTI

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