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Asad Owaisi tops with 1042 questions in parliament's monsoon session
Tuesday September 10, 2013 8:45 PM, & Agencies

At a time when MPs are not seen to take their legislative business seriously, All India Majlise Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) President and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi impressed all by asking a whopping 1042 questions in the recently concluded monsoon session of the parliament.

Equally impressive is his attendance record which stands at 60 percent, while also taking part in 38 debates.

Among these 38 debates is his high-pitch speech on Wakf Amendment Bill. The seven-and-half minute speech which is posted on YouTube has also been viewed by thousands within days of upload.

Like Owais, other young MPs too have impressive performance to show during the monsoon session.

Meenakshi Natrajan, the Congress MP from Mandsaur in Madhya Pradesh, has attended parliament for a whopping 85 percent of sittings since June 2009. The average attendance of all members is around 77 percent.

The 40-year-old promising politician, said to be close to Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, participated in 16 debates and posed 135 questions against the average of 281, according to figures compiled by the PRS Legislative Research that works on parliamentary research and practices.

Congress MP from Lakshwadeep Hamdullah Sayeed, 31, attended 82 percent of sittings of parliament till now. He posed 572 questions and even moved two private member's bills.

The Bharatiya Janata Party's Anurag Thakur, 38, representing Hamirpur in Himachal Pradesh, attended 84 percent of sittings, participated in 61 debates and moved one private member's bill. He asked 540 questions.

Congress MP from Sangrur Vijay Inder Singla, 41, attended 85 percent of sittings and participated in four debates.

Samajwadi Party member Yashvir Singh, 40, attended 87 percent of sittings and asked 585 questions.

Nilesh Narayan Rane, 32, the Congress MP from Ratnagiri in Maharashtra, attended 71 percent sittings, participated in 18 debates and asked 545 questions.

However, Congress scion Rahul Gandhi, 43, seems to have been busy with his party work as his attendance was a mere 43 percent.

The Amethi MP participated in only one debate and did not move any private member's bill.

His cousin and BJP MP from Pilibhit Feroze Varun Gandhi, 33, attended 65 percent of the sittings and participated in two debates. He asked 618 questions and moved two private member's bills.

Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy, the YSR MP from Kadapa in Andhra Pradesh, has one of the lowest attendance records of 31 percent since he was elected in May 2011. He participated in two debates and did not ask any questions. Jagan, as he is popularly known, has been in jail for over a year in a disproportionate assets case.

The data pertains to the period from June 2009 when these members were elected to the current session.

According to PRS, attendance was computed as the days the member signed the register as a percentage of the days they were eligible to attend the house. The questions - both written and oral - were the ones that were admitted by the chair to be answered.

Debates provide a count of all occasions when the MP spoke in parliament including on bills, during zero hour and made special mentions. Under private member's bills, all bills introduced by the MP were counted.

[With inputs from IANS]

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