In eight sessions of Parliament since the Narendra Modi government took over, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi have not asked a single question in Parliament on any issue, IndiaSpend, a data journalism initiative, reports. Sonia and Rahul have, however, taken part in various debates.
The ninth session of the 16th Lok Sabha began on Monday.
Keeping the Congress's unquestionable top two is BJP veteran L.K. Advani, who also has not asked a single question in the 16th Lok Sabha. In all, 81 MPs have not yet raised a single question in two years.
Here are some interesting points from the IndiaSpend report:
- The maximum questions for the government have come from Shiv Sena MPs. Shiv Sena is an ally in the BJP-led NDA Government.
- Supriya Sule, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MP from Baramati constituency in Maharashtra, gets the distinction of asking the maximum number of questions in Parliament so far. She has asked 568 questions. Her party member and MP from Kolhapur Maharashtra, Dhananjay Mahadik follows closely with 557 questions in two years!
- Most questions asked to the government have come from MPs from Maharashtra. In fact, nine out of 10 MPs who ask questions are from Maharashtra.
- Leader of Congress Parliamentary Party, Mallikarjun Kharge has asked 128 questions to the government so far.
- Maximum number of queries were directed to the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD).
- In two years MHRD has answered 2,271 questions, Ministry of Railways 2,249 and Finance 1,843 questions.
- Home Ministry has answered 1,784 and Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change has answered 1,442 queries in two years.
- The total number of questions raised during the eight sessions of the 16th Lok Sabha are 34,497.