Busyness of politics: Many of our MPs and MLAs are too active doing all sorts of things to sit in their erecte – Times of India

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A former associate editor with the Times of India, Jug Suraiya writes two regular columns for the print edition, Jugular Vein, which appears every Friday, and Second Opinion, … MORE
Not a few of our elected representatives in the state assemblies and in Parliament seem to be putting into practice the libertarian axiom that that government is best which governs least.
Indeed some of our MPs and MLAs seem to compete with each other to see who can govern best by governing least. According to a recent TOI report, most state assemblies function for just about 30 days in any given year, with those of Punjab and Haryana clocking barely two weeks on their appointed job.
Our Lok Sabha, on average, puts in 63 days of work, as compared with the UK’s House of Commons which logged 147 sessions in 2020, the US Congress and Senate notched up 166 and 192 days respectively, and Japan’s legislative body, the Diet, has a tally of 150 sittings.
So if our legislators, unlike those of other countries, are too busy to just sit around on the seats to which we’ve elected them, what is it that keeps them so otherwise occupied? Does their busyness involve programmes of self-development and self-improvement? Do they spend all that time off from legislating in the pursuit of hobbies, like stamp collecting, or solving Wordle, or playing Ultimate Mahjong?
A full list of all their extracurricular activities is, regrettably, not in the public domain. However, what is on record is that a total of 363 MPs and MLAs currently holding office have felonious charges filed against them, a roster which includes four Union ministers and 35 ministers of state assemblies.
As befits their status as national parties, BJP and Congress top the list with, respectively, 83 and 47 party members accused of assorted antisocial behaviour, including abduction, dacoity, and causing grievous bodily harm, all of which has gained widespread attention, and has been remarked upon by Singapore PM, Lee Hsien Loong, who observed that almost half of India’s Lok Sabha lawmakers are charged with being lawbreakers.
One way or another, our sitting representatives have shown that they have a lot of get-up-and-go. An attribute which might make some wish that they would just get up and go.
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