New Delhi: AAP’s Rajya Sabha member, Sanjay Singh, moved a PIL in the Delhi high court, on Tuesday, against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “absenteeism” in the Parliament.
The court has listed the matter for hearing on Wednesday. The public interest litigation (PIL) was filed a day after estranged AAP MLA Kapil Mishra filed a similar petition against Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. “In the last four years, the Prime Minister has spoken merely 19 times in the Parliament. He spoke just once on a government bill. Five times he introduced his ministers, six times he spoke on thanksgiving motion, and twice he participated in special discussions,” Mr Singh said.
“This is the same person who has done as many as 800 rallies in the last four years across the country,” he added.
He said that despite the Opposition’s repeated pleas to the Prime Minister to speak on critical issues like demonetisation, price rise, farmers’ suicide, unemployment, bank scams, mob lynching, women safety, etc., the Prime Minister remains silent.
“I am filing a case in the high court for getting Narendra Modi’s attendance and to ensure his presence in the Parliament. Why does Kapil Mishra keep mum on Modi, who obstructs every work by the Delhi government?” Mr Singh tweeted in Hindi on Monday.
Mr Mishra had earlier filed a PIL in the Delhi high court seeking direction to chief minister Arvind Kejriwal to attend the Assembly; mandatory 75 per cent attendance for all MLAs; and “no work, no pay” for legislators, ministers, and chief ministers with less than 50 per cent attendance. The court had allowed listing of Mr Mishra’s petition against Mr Kejriwal, claiming that the chief minister has “less than 10 per cent” attendance in the Assembly.