Following complaints from the Congress’s chief whips on absentee members, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has reportedly issued strict instructions to the party’s MLAs, MLCs and Ministers to be present in the Legislature when it is in session.
According to party sources, the instructions were issued following complaints about members whose absence had caused an embarrassment to the ruling party on many occasions.
Acting swiftly on the chief whips’ advice, Siddaramaiah instructed party legislators to not only attend the House in good numbers but also to actively take part in debates and defend the government whenever opposition leaders criticised its policies.
The impact of his writ was evident on Tuesday as the front row of the treasury benches in both the Assembly and the Council were occupied by Ministers and legislators.
Legislative Council Chairman D H Shankaramurthy had recently warned Ministers who were choosing to remain absent when the House was in session.
He had also issued notices to senior officials for their absence from proceedings.