Karnataka MPs underperformed in five years of their term: Study

It says most of the state MPs provided either limited support by directing funds or attending meetings or were ‘indifferent’.
The Indian Parliament. (File Photo| EPS/ Shekhar Yadav)
The Indian Parliament. (File Photo| EPS/ Shekhar Yadav)

BENGALURU: Even as polling for the Lok Sabha elections is just a few days away, a performance analysis of all the 28 Members of Parliament in the state reveals that the majority of them underperformed in five years of their term.

The survey considered their attendance in Parliament, questions asked, participation in key debates and performance in their constituencies.

The survey revealed that the average, combined attendance of all the Karnataka MPs was 71 per cent. Former Chief Minister and Bangalore North MP Sadanand Gowda, Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister and Dharwad MP Pralhad Joshi and Vijaypur MP Ramesh Jigajinagi never raised a question in the House. Anant Kumar Hegde (MP from Uttara Kannada), DV Sadananda Gowda, Joshi, Ramesh Jigajinagi (Vijayapura), Srinivasa Prasad (Chamarajanagar) and Bache Gowda (Chikkaballapur) did not participate in a debate, except for expression of thanks to the President, the analysis stated. Mangala Angadi (Belagavi) participated in one debate, requesting for more flights to the Belagavi Airport.

The analysis by a civil society group, Samvidanada Hadiyalli, was carried out by social scientists AR Vasavi and Janaki Nair and released on Friday.

They mentioned in their report that DK Suresh (Bangalore Rural) and Pralhad Joshi provided substantial support to the people during Covid.

Meanwhile, according to a recent Bangalore Political Action Committee (B.PAC) report, with regards MPs from Bengaluru Lok Sabha constituencies on the number of questions raised in the Parliament over last five years, Bengaluru South MP Surya topped others by raising 382 questions, followed by Mohan with 189 and Gowda not asking any questions.

According to B.PAC, while Bengaluru South MP Surya recommended Rs 19.36 crore from the MPLADS, DV Sadananda Gowda representing Bengaluru North constituency recommended Rs 18.69 crore followed by Bengaluru Central MP PC Mohan with Rs 17.79 crore.

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