Analysis

Performance on the floor of the House

Besides analysing the utilisation of MPLAD funds, TCN report also assesses the performance of Muslim MPs on the floor of the house in terms of raising questions and participating in the debates.

 According to the report, Minority Affairs comes at 14th number in priority for all MPs when all questions asked to ministries by all MPs is observed. MPs have given more priority to Environment & Forest, Civil Aviation, Commerce & industry, Railways, Agriculture, Consumer Affairs, Food & Distribution, Road Transport, Petroleum Natural Gas, Finance, Health & Family, HRD, External Affairs and Home Affairs.

 Of all the Muslim MPs, Shafiqur Rahman Barq (344/350) has highest attendance while Asaduddin Owaisi with 1046 questions tops the list in asking most number of questions in Lok Sabha. Saidul Haque of CPI (M) has participated in record 95 debates followed by Salman Khurshid with 60 debates.

Despite being present in Lok Sabha half the time at least, these MPs viz., Zafar Ali Naqvi (280), Tabassum Hasan (252), Kadir Rana (202), Ismail Hussain (329) and Abdul Mannan Hussain (212) have acted as silent observers in all the 15 sessions of Lok Sabha and have never participated in any debate.

 Abdul Mannan Hossain, Ismail Hussain and Kabir Suman never asked any question. Only one Muslim MP, Muhammad Hamdullah Saeed of Lakshwadeep, has dared to ask two questions to the Prime Minister.

 Although Syed Shahnawaz Hussain asked 642 questions in the Lok Sabha but he has posed only three questions to the Minority Affairs ministry (less than 0.5 % of total Qs raised by him). He focused on Home Affairs (50), HRD (48) and Finance (42).

 “All civil society institutions, regardless of their ethnic or religious make-up need to question those holding positions of influence and power about their role in curbing communal violence and in working for the fraternity of all Indians that the Constitution of India directs us to,” urges Kashif. (indiatomorrow.net)

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 March 2014 on page no. 11

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