first_imgIt’s sort of a Left versus Right battle in Parliament in terms of MPs taking part in number of debates. While BJP lawmakers make up the list for the Lok Sabha, three of the top five legislators in the Upper House’s list are from the Left parties.According to data available with PRS Legislative research, Bhairon Prasad Mishra, who represents Banda in Uttar Pradesh in the Lower House has taken part in 569 debates.Among the other members who have scored high are Hamirpur MP Pushpendra Chandel with 422 debates, PP Chaudhary, lawmaker from Pali with 297, Jodhpur MP Gajendra Singh Shekhawat with 181 and Kirit Premjibhai Solanki, the Ahmedabad West MP, with 165.In the Upper House, where the BJP lacks in numbers, D Raja of the CPI has participated in 361 debates. He is fol-These MPs score high in House debates lowed by Anand Bhaskar Rapolu of the Congress (230), P Rajeev of the CPI-M (219), Naresh Chandra Agarwal of the SP (203) and Tapan Kumar Sen of CPI-M (199).Over the past decades, as lung power of a member played a crucial role in registering a lawmaker’s presence, the skill of debate had taken a back seat in the Lok Sabha. In comparison, Rajya Sabha continued to maintain its reputation as a house, where quality debates still take place.While members of the Lower House are directly elected by voters, Upper House members are indirectly elected through an electoral college comprising state legislators.Though the quality of parliamentary debates in recent years is itself debatable, the exchange of views have become fiercer, with both the treasury and the Opposition often seen trying to shout down a speaker from the opposite side.advertisementThe telecast of debates in the two houses of parliament via Lok Sabha TV and Rajya Sabha TV were started with the hope that live broadcast would have some sobering effect on the shouting brigade.However, the situation is far from being satisfactory with the presiding officers in both the houses often seen chiding the members to watch their conduct.However, another view is that the live telecasts have made the lawmakers more conscious about their dress sense and mannerisms.Both Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and Rajya Sabha chairman Hamid Ansari have at times used strong words against the members who were disrupting House proceedings.Both have said that disorder and disruptions need to be cut down as it means less work in Parliament, whose main function is to pass laws.last_img read more