Amit Shah warns BJP MPs against skipping Parliament sessions

This despite a party whip, which makes it mandatory for lawmakers to be present in Parliament during a vote.

"Till Parliament is on all members should be present, matter of members not present will be taken up seriously", Ananth Kumar said after the meeting. Around 30 NDA MPs were absent during the passage of a crucial bill. Arrangements have been made to give a rousing welcome to the party chief, he said.

On the last day of his three-day visit to the Uttar Pradesh state capital, Shah addressed the media and said that establishment of the Ram temple at Ayodhya was a part of the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) agenda.

The party chief will be meeting party's state unit core group and intellectuals in the afternoon followed by an interaction with party MPs and legislators in the evening, Barala said, adding Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar will also be present in these meetings.

The Opposition's amendments were passed by 74 to 52 votes.

Ruling out any move to enter the Union cabinet by becoming Rajya Sabha member, BJP President Amit Shah today said he was enjoying his work as the national president and was not at all interested in moving anywhere else.

The amended bill will now have to be returned to the Lok Sabha for its fresh approval. Leader of the House Arun Jaitley said what the Congress members were seeking could be looked into at the time of framing of rules under the law.

The BJP chief exuded confidence that the party would retain power at the Centre in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls with more strength.

While it has not been officially confirmed, all these MLCs are likely to join the BJP during Shah's presence in the next three days. "If there is no internal democracy inside the party, then it becomes a family run party, becomes caste based party, and when that happens, there is no talent left in the party", the BJP president added. "It's an utter failure of Arun Jaitley, Leader of the House, and MoS Parliamentary Affairs in not mobilising support for the bill", Singh said.

  • Eleanor Harrison