New Delhi, June 15 (IANS). Former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav is trying hard for the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. He has already cleared his agenda that he has no objection in contesting elections in alliance with smaller parties. The only attempt is to overthrow the Yogi government of UP and return to power by riding a bicycle. But before this, Akhilesh Yadav has got a crushing defeat in one case.
With 36 per cent attendance in Parliament and zero questions, Akhilesh Yadav is the worst-performing MP from Uttar Pradesh, according to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) sympathizer and policy analyst Shantanu Gupta.
According to research compiled by author and policy analyst Shantanu Gupta, the average attendance of MPs in Uttar Pradesh is 88 percent, which is six percent higher than the national average of 82 percent in the same period.
Gupta said that unlike the former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Akhilesh Yadav, the present Chief Minister of the state, Yogi Adityanath, was very active while he was an MP. For example, during 2014-2017 (16th Lok Sabha), Yogi Adityanath participated in 57 debates against the national average of 50.6. During that time Yogi asked a total of 306 questions against the national average of 199. Yogi Adityanath introduced 3 private member bills during that period against the national average of 1.5.
According to the compiled research, Akhilesh Yadav’s performance in Parliament has been very disappointing in all four matters related to attendance, questions asked, debate and private member bill. He is neither visible at the grassroots level in Uttar Pradesh, nor is he present in Parliament.
In contrast, during the second wave of Kovid, Yogi Adityanath was visible at the ground level (ground zero) soon after he became corona negative. Yogi monitored many districts during 2 weeks. During his tour, Yogi also visited Akhilesh Yadav’s home town Saifai (Etawah) and Akhilesh’s Lok Sabha constituency Azamgarh. Gupta said it was during this period that Akhilesh locked himself in his palatial house in Lucknow and confined himself to tweeting only.
With 36 per cent attendance, Samajwadi Party (SP) national president Akhilesh Yadav has recorded the lowest attendance among MPs from Uttar Pradesh.
Sonia Gandhi has the second worst attendance record among MPs from Uttar Pradesh with 44 per cent attendance in Parliament during this period.
According to Gupta’s research, it is commendable that 4 Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MPs from Uttar Pradesh – Bholanath, Jagdambika Pal, Pradeep Kumar and Rajveer Diler – had 100 per cent attendance in Parliament during this period.
It is also worth noting that two six-time MPs Pankaj Choudhary and Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, both from the BJP have 95 per cent and 98 per cent attendance respectively.
The presence of 80 percent of BJP MPs is in the range of 90 to 100 percent. After this, the presence of 60 percent BSP MPs is in the range of 90 to 100 percent. Its distributed only 20 percent of SP MPs have recorded attendance in the range of 90 to 100 percent.
MPs have a special tool in the form of questions, through which they can ask questions to the government. Through this they can draw the attention of the government to their constituency, their surrounding area, their state or any other national problem.
As per the research, MPs from Uttar Pradesh asked an average of 44 questions as compared to 66 as the national average. Akhilesh Yadav and Sonia Gandhi did not ask any question to the government during this period.
On the other hand, 19 MPs from BJP and one MP from BSP have asked more questions than the national average of 66 questions.
None of the SP and Congress MPs asked more questions than the national average. BJP’s 23 and BSP’s four MPs asked more questions than the state’s average of 44. Apart from the dismal performance of its Speaker Akhilesh Yadav in Parliament, no other Samajwadi Party MP has asked more than the state average.
11 MPs from Uttar Pradesh asked more than 100 questions during this period, which was much higher than the national average. These MPs include Jagdambika Pal, Vijay Kumar Dubey, Ravindra Shyamnarayan, Kaushal Kishore, Harish Chandra alias Harish Dwivedi, Ashok Kumar Rawat, Ravindra Kushwaha, Ajay Mishra Teni, Vinod Kumar Sonkar, Pushpendra Singh Chandel and Bhola Singh. After this, with 87 questions, BSP’s Ritesh Pandey has topped the list of non-BJP MPs in asking questions to the government.
As per the research, MPs from Uttar Pradesh participated in an average of 25.4 debates against the national average of 21.2 debates. Akhilesh Yadav participated in only 4 debates, whereas Sonia Gandhi participated in only one debate.
It is noteworthy that BJP’s Pushpendra Singh Chandel participated in 510 debates and BSP’s Malook Nagar participated in 139 debates, which is much higher than the national average.
According to the research, on an average, the MPs of Uttar Pradesh introduced 0.3 private member bills, which is equal to the national average. Akhilesh Yadav and Sonia Gandhi did not introduce any private members bill in Parliament. Only 9 MPs from Uttar Pradesh introduced Private Members’ Bills in Parliament and all these 9 MPs are from BJP.
It is noteworthy that BJP’s Pushpendra Singh Chandel, Ajay Mishra Teni and Ravindra Shyamnarayan introduced four private member bills each in this period, which is well above the national average.