Most central minister were absent for Cabinet meetings during assembly election

An RTI enquiry reveals most Modi Cabinet ministers remained missing from Cabinet meetings held during campaigns for elections in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Manipur, Chhattisgarh and Goa.

Looks like the central government's work was stand still during the hectic campaign for the recently held assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Manipur, Chhattisgarh and Goa.

RTI details reveal that most of Modi's Cabinet minister were absent in the four Cabinet meetings held during that time, claims Mumbai based RTI activist Anil Galgali on the basis of his RTI enquiry put forth to Central Cabinet Secretariat.

The RTI application asked the PMO office about the attendance of all ministers for the Cabinet meetings held between January 30 and February 23 2017 -- the time when campaigning was at its peak. The application was forwarded to the Cabinet Secretariat.

Uttar Pradesh elections were held in seven phases, from February 11 to March 8; Uttarakhand elections were held on February 15; Punjab and Goa elections were held on February 4 and Manipur elections were held on March 8. During this period, four Cabinet meetings were held.

The first meeting happened on February 1 and had 98% attendance with 38 ministers. The next meeting, held on February 8 -- when Goa and Punjab elections were over and campaign for UP's first phase had geared up, the number dropped down to 20 ministers. Then, for the February 15 meeting, only 12 ministers were present. Finally, for the fourth meeting held on February 22, only 17 ministers were present.

Apart from Prime Minister Narendra Modi there are 25 Cabinet Minister's and 13 State Minister's with Independent Charge.

The Cabinet Secretariat hasn't revealed names of the ministers absent in the meetings and the reason behind the absenteeism. RTI activist Galgali claims, it is clear most of the ministers were tasked by BJP president Amit Shah to travel across Uttar Pradesh to ensure a massive win for the Bhartiya Janata Party.