Here is a development that exposes how ‘sensitive’ and ‘dedicated’ our lawmakers are towards their duty. On 16 June, poor attendance in the Karnataka Legislative Assembly during the post-lunch session forced the speaker KB Koliwad to adjourn the House. The House, which had met after the lunch break, had less than two dozen members present. It was when the entire day was wasted that the session was adjourned quickly after lunch. This is one situation to show you how the exchequer money is being wasted in the name of assembly sessions.

But this is not the first time that something like this has happened. There have been several situations when the Speaker of the House was forced to adjourn assembly sessions to continue on to a different date because there was no quorum.

Further exposing the netas for their poor attendance during assembly sessions in the Legislative Assembly, NewsX has accessed documents that show the attendance of the legislators those of who don’t even visit their respective assembly constituencies and have ‘forgotten’ to perform their primary duty of attending the sessions. The attendance of a few of them don’t even cross the double figure number.

Irrespective of which party they belong to, all these legislators have one thing in common — neglecting duty.

Here is a list of legislators and their attendance in the assembly. The list is from 2013 to 2017 totaling 218 days of assembly session:

  • Ambarish, Congress: 04 Days
  • Santhosh Lad, Congress: 05 days
  • Sambaji Patil, Congress: 62 days
  • Ganesh Hukkeri, Congress: 63 days
  • Iqbal Hansari, JDS: 71 days
  • Anand Singh, BJP: 82 days
  • S Raghu, BJP: 85 Days
  • Suresh Babu, BJP: 88 Days
  • Varthur Prakash, Congress: 102
  • Channabasappa satyappa shivalli, Congress: 104 Days
  • Mallikarjun SS, Congress: 104 Days
  • Zameer Ahmed Khan, JDS: 106 Days
  • Haladi Srinivas Shetty, BJP: 107 Days
  • Mallikarjun Sidramappa Khuba: 110 days
  • GT Devegowda, JDS: 113 days
  • Maqbool Bagwan, Congress: 114 Days
  • A Manju, Congress: 115 Days
  • Fairoz Nuruddin Saith, Congress: 120 Days
  • HD Kumaraswamy, JDS: 120 Days
  • Balachander Jarikiholi, Janata Dal (Secular): 134 Days

Low attendance is just one side of the problem because even if lawmakers are present in the House, they end up arguing over issues and attacking their political opponents for their petty political gains, not realising that they are wasting valuable public money. 

First Published | 28 September 2017 3:43 PM
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