38 Per cent Attendance: Karnataka’s Well Known Dynast MP In The News For Lacklustre Lok Sabha Presence And Participation

38 Per cent Attendance: Karnataka’s Well Known Dynast MP In The News For Lacklustre Lok Sabha Presence And ParticipationJD(S) MP Prajwal Revanna
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  • Debutant dynast MP and grandson of former PM Prajwal Revanna is missing from parliament on most occasions.

He is the grandson of a former Prime Minister. He is the only scion of the biggest political family of Karnataka to be in Parliament right now. He is also the lone representative of the Janata Dal (Secular) (JD(S)) in the Lok Sabha.

But Prajwal Revanna’s latest claim to fame is that he has the least attendance in the 17th Lok Sabha, whose both sessions have been said to be the most productive in its history. Add to that, he is the only MP to be absent for more than half of the total 57 days.

Prajwal Revanna, son of former Karnataka minister H D Revanna and grandson of JD(S) patriarch H D Devegowda had contested and won from Hassan, the stronghold of the Gowda family and a seat that was held by his grandfather for six terms.

But within 12 hours of his victory, he announced his resignation as he was saddened by his grandfather’s defeat from Tumkur. He wished to give the seat back to Gowda senior who despite being the sitting MP had made way for Prajwal’s electoral debut.

But seems like the dynast is not yet able to learn the ropes of the trade as his dismal attendance testifies. While his maiden session saw him present for just 17 out of the total 37 days, he attended only five out of 20 days in the winter session. In total, his attendance stands at a dismal 38.6 per cent.

To top that, this ‘third-youngest MP’ has also been a mute spectator as his name is among those who have not raised a single question. In contrast, the other young gun from Karnataka, BJP’s Tejasvi Surya has almost 100 percent in the first session as he was present was 36 out of 37 sessions, and 75 percent in the winter session attending 15 out of the 20 sessions.

While Karnataka members have an average attendance of 77 per cent, BJP’s Amaresh Naik tops the attendance chart with 100 per cent attendance during both sessions. He is also the one to have asked the most number of questions, a total of 105 during the two sessions. Among others who asked no question is the BJP’s firebrand Anant Kumar Hegde who otherwise invites trouble more often than not with what he says.

This when the 17th Lok Sabha’s productivity is said to be a record one as the first session post-elections saw the highest number of bills passed in the past seven decades, and worked 135 per cent of the scheduled hours, and had some landmark bills being passed. The winter session saw the Lok Sabha working for 111 per cent of the scheduled time.

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