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3 Ministers, MPs skip House during Question Hour

| | New Delhi

Rajya  Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari was cheesed off on Monday when three Union Ministers were not present to field questions pertaining to their Ministries during the Question Hour.  Moreover, the MPs against whose name the questions were listed were also absent forcing Ansari to remark “this is an extra ordinary situation.  This is not a happy state of affairs.” 

The Opposition also took a dig at the Government and quipped “this is the shape of things to come. This is an example of maximum ministers, minimum governance.”   Congress member Jairam Ramesh also complained that there was not a single Cabinet Minister present in the House.

This unusual and rare situation emerged a few minutes before the Question Hour was to end, when Ansari moved to the next question after Union Minister Sanjeev Balyan answered questions relating to the Water Resources ministry.

However, neither the member, who had asked the question pertaining to ministry of shipping, nor the minister who was to answer was present provoking Ansari to remark that this was an “extraordinary situation.” 

As the chair took up the next question relating to the Environment Ministry, there was again no one from the ruling side to answer it.  Ramesh then complained that there was not even a single Cabinet Minister present in the House.

Only Ministers of State Nirmala Sitharaman, Ram Kirpal Yadav and Balyan were seen present.  Ansari then moved to the next question relating to the Ministry of Power, but this too could not be taken up as the concerned minister was not present to answer it.  

 
 
 
 
 

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