Tamil Nadu MPs LokSabha Attendance
Tamil Nadu MPs have recorded the maximum attendance in the three LokSabha sessions held since the 2014 general elections. The 39 MPs from the state, of whom 37 are from AIADMK, have clocked 94% attendance against an overall average of 85%, shows data compiled by PRS Legislative Research, an NGO.
Of the 35 first-time MPs from the state, 19 have 100% attendance, but not all have actively participated in debates or raised questions.
T G Venkatesh Babu, MP from North Chennai, raised 146 questions, the maximum by any Tamil Nadu MP, and participated in 13 debates.He also has 100% attendance. He is followed by P Venugopal of Tiruvallur with 128 questions and 12 debates, but Venugopal has only 87% attendance.
PMK leader and former Union minister Anbumani Ramadoss (58%) from Dharmapuri has the lowest attendance among TN MPs.All others, except K Parasuraman (75%) from Thanjavur, have more than 80% attendance.
With regard to debates, deputy speaker M Thambidurai (Karur) and P R Sunda ram (Namakkal) participated in 16 debates, the maximum by any member from the state. Others who took part actively in debates are V Elumalai (15), K Ashok Kumar (14) and C Mahendran (13) and R P Marutharaaja (13). All TN MPs have participated in debates. “The MPs take up only state-level or national-level issues. They do not take up constituency or district level issues,” said K Srinivasan, chairman, Prime Point Foundation, who has instituted Sansad Ratna Award for outstanding parliamentarians. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been advising all MPs to take up micro-level issues of their constituencies in Parliament so that the government can address them.
While most MPs raised some questions, there are five MPs B Senguttuvan (Vellore), J Thiyaraj (Tuticorin), M Chandrakasi (Chidambaram), R Vanaroja (Tiruvannamalai) and V Panneerselvam (Salem) who have not raised even a single question but have more than 98% attendance.
Among all the MPs, the maximum number of questions were raised by Supriya Sule (181 questions) of Nationalist Congress Party. She has 89% attendance and also participated in 10 debates.