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CPI (M) MPs topped in debate participation, BJP second: study

Most political analysts are painting a rather grim picture for the CPI (M) in the coming elections, but it can take some consolation from a study that shows its MPs were on top in the previous Lok Sabha -- both in terms of attendance and participation in debates.

india Updated: Apr 12, 2009 11:09 IST

Most political analysts are painting a rather grim picture for the CPI (M) in the coming elections, but it can take some consolation from a study that shows its MPs were on top in the previous Lok Sabha -- both in terms of attendance and participation in debates.

The average debates per MP for CPI (M) was 47 in the 14th Lok Sabha, followed by the BJP (30) and Congress (22), a survey collated by the National Social Watch Coalition, a conglomerate of civil society groups, said.

The average attendance for CPI (M) MPs was 79 per cent, while that was 73 per cent for the Congress, 67 per cent for the BJP and 69 per cent for the other parties.

However, it seems that the main opposition BJP, on expected lines, raised more questions than any other party. The statistics of average question per MP brings out that the saffron party was at top spot with 180 questions, followed closely by Congress with 178 and CPI (M) with 108.

The NGO, which released the survey in the capital this week ahead of the general elections, found out that the attendance of MPs in Parliament had much left to be desired.

In examining the records of 11th and 12th session of 14th Lok Sabha -- which consisted of a total of 32 sittings -- it was seen that the attendance of over 75 per cent of the members were below the middle point of 16 days while a considerable number of MPs were in the range of 0-5 days.