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Rajya Sabha Chairman, scold members of the upper house for poor attendance

NEW DELHI: Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu today chided members for the thin attendance in the House when a crucial legislation to provide constitutional status to the National Commission for Backward. Mr Naidu observed that 156 members were present when the Rajya Sabha passed the constitution amendment bill.

Rajya Sabha has a total strength of 245. The bill could have fallen if the numbers were a little less. “We were exactly a little above the mark, that’s all. Otherwise, you can’t get it approved also,” he said. He said on such matters, political parties should issue whips to their members to ensure their presence.

I have been seeing that members are coming after the Chairman comes and the House assembles,” he said. “The practice is that everybody should be there in the seat before the Chairman comes and then we must start. That will send a good message.”

“Whenever there is an important legislation in Parliament, better be present in the House in large numbers, so that a message goes to the society,” he said

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