NEW DELHI: Top ministers of the NDA government were today conspicuous by their absence from the Lok Sabha during the Question Hour.
Prime Miniser Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj were seen in the Rajya Sabha.
But the front row of the Lok Sabha treasury benches occupied by heavyweights like Arun Jaitley, Nitin Gadkari, Rajnath Singh, Swaraj and Modi was empty.
BJP veteran L K Advani, who also occupies the front row, walked in late during the Question Hour, while another party senior Murli Manohar Joshi was also not present.
It was a rare sight as at least one of the top ministers is usually present during Question Hour.
Government formation talks are still on in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, where the BJP is yet to decide on who will be the chief ministers. In Goa, things finally settled down today after the Manohar Parrikar government won a trust vote on the floor of the Goa Assembly. Parrikar was sworn in two days ago, after the Supreme Court gave the go-ahead following a case filed by the Congress, which emerged the single largest party in the state when election results were announced on March 11.
In Manipur too, it was the Congress that got the highest number of seats but could not cross the half-way mark. The BJP rallied support of other MLAs and formed the government, with Chief Minister N Biren Singh being sworn in on Wednesday.