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Developed states perform better than others in 16th Lok Sabha

From Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu, MPs from Shiv Sena and AIADMK (respectively) asked the most questions, among major political parties

Abhishek Waghmare & Sachin Mampatta  |  New Delhi 


Members of parliament from and Tamil Nadu asked the most in Parliament among major political parties in the 16th Lok Sabha, an analysis by the advocacy (ADR), has shown.

An MP from asked 534 on average in the course of five years, while an MP in Tamil Nadu asked 426. Lawmakers from Kerala, Chandigarh and Sikkim were among the others who underlined the government’s accountability most frequently.

MPs from some union territories and northeastern states asked the least number of Jammu & Kashmir MPs also featured among the least active in terms of seeking answers from the government.

From and Tamil Nadu, MPs from and (respectively) asked the most questions, among major political parties.

They were also among the top in terms of attending parliament sessions in the first place.

“In the 16th Lok Sabha, Supriya Sule from Nationalist Congress Party, MP from Baramati, Maharashtra has asked the highest number of questions at 1181,” the report said.

On an average, 562 MPs (including those who entered the parliament through by polls) have asked 251 questions and attended 221 out of 312 sittings.

Though attendance and seeking answers from the government was correlated to some extent, there were outliers in the period.

While Biju Janata Dal MPs (Odisha) attended 251 of the 312 sittings in the five-year period under the NDA government, they asked only 216 questions on an average. While BJP showed a better attendance than principal Opposition Congress, MPs from the latter posed more questions to the executive.

MPs from Delhi attended most frequently, the data shows. MPs from crisis-ridden Nagaland attended parliament, and asked questions, the least.

The analysis includes all MPs in the period of 16th Lok Sabha, including those who were elected from by-polls.

First Published: Thu, March 28 2019. 16:36 IST