NDA MPs to forgo salary, allowance for Parliament session washout

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NDA MPs to forgo salary, allowance for Parliament session washout

"It has been decided that NDA MPs will be giving up their salaries and other allowances for 22 days that Parliament was not allowed to function by the Congress".

In fact, the Sena and the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) have labelled as "unilateral" the decision announced by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar late on Thursday in which it was underlined that 400 MPs of the ruling NDA would forego ₹3.66 cr as salary.

"This money is given to serve the people and if we are not able to do so we have no right to take the people's money", he added.

The NDA allies are not "on the same page" with the BJP on foregoing their salary for 23 days because of the disruptions in both the Houses of Parliament during the second half of the Budget session. Swamy said that he was present on all days in the Parliament and that it wasn't his business if the House did not function.

The Budget Session is scheduled to conclude on April 6, subsequent to which the Parliament would be adjourned sine die.

He alleged that the Congress was increasingly becoming intolerant of people's mandate for the Modi government. It is official since the word has emanated from no less than Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar.

Both the government and the Opposition have been blaming each other for the wash out of the session ever since it resumed on 5 March for the second part of the Budget session.

He said the government decision to bring a bill to amend the Prevention of Corruption Act in Rajya Sabha was another poor attempt to portray the opposition as blocking measures to check graft.

Swamy said that he attended Parliament proceedings daily and it was not his fault that no business could be negotiated in the House. "The manner in which they are running the Parliament is against democracy", Congress MP Anand Sharma had said.

According to a report in Financial Express, this turned out to be the worst Budget Session in a decade in terms of productivity as it bled the state exchequer of nearly Rs 190 crore until 3 April, when the report was published.

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