Parliament logjam: BJP minister talks of ‘no work, no pay’ policy for MPs, then backs down

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Amid the current logjam in Parliament, Union Minister Mahesh Sharma has talked of a suggestion of a ‘no work, no policy’ for MPs like in the case of bureaucrats. However, after the controversy that followed, Sharma has backtracked and denied his suggestions.

“There is a suggestion that like for the bureaucrats there is ‘no work, no pay’, we should implement for the MPs also,” Sharma had told reporters in Varanasi on Saturday.

Sharma, the minister for Tourism and Culture, had went on to say that the government’s senior ministers were in touch with Opposition leaders to reach a consensus on the plans.

“There is a planning for it. Our government is trying and our senior ministers are in touch with the opposition. There is an effort to reach a consensus before the tough action is taken,” he said.

Following a debate and when Opposition parties demanded to know whether the views were personal or that of the government, Sharma on Sunday backtracked from his statements.

“I still want to see what I had said…. Definitely it is not my statement and I just want to see that,” he said.

“I am not the authorised person. I am not the competent person, and I am not the required person to comment on this issue. I think this will be a matter of our Speaker and our senior ministers to discuss,” he added.

Parliament has not been allowed to function properly ever since the Monsoon Session began on July 21. Opposition leaders are demanding the resignation of three top BJP leaders over the Lalitgate and Vyapam controversies including Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

Jantakareporter.com was also the first to report how an amount of Rs 2.5 lakhs per minute was being lost over Parliament arrangements because of the logjam.

After BJP’s apparent suggestion of ‘no work, no pay’, Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari hit out at the government’s ‘sudden change of heart’.

Tewari added that the UPA government had proposed a similar move in 2010 when the BJP had wiped out an entire session of Parliament through protests. He said the BJP had then vociferously opposed the move.

 

 

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