Almost a month has passed since the beginning of the Budget Session of Parliament. A record 30 bills were introduced during the session, which is by far the most productive one with the Lok Sabha passing 20 bills while 14 getting assent of both the houses of Parliament.
But what about the questions asked by the elected members of Parliament?
India Today takes a look at who was the most active answer seeker and who was not.
Some of the most high-profile first-time elected MPs happened to be the most underperforming ones in the most productive Parliament session. Those who haven't asked a single question are:
- Ajay Singh "Sunny" Dharmendra Deol elected from Gurdaspur
- Pragya Singh Thakur, MP from Bhopal
- Akhilesh Yadav, MP from Azamgarh
- Nusrat Jahan, MP from Basirhat
- Mimi Chakraborty, MP from Jadavpur
- Sonia Gandhi, MP from Raebareli
- Satya Pal Singh, MP from Baghpat
- Anupriya Patel, MP from Mirzapur
- Mulayam Singh Yadav, MP from Mainpuri
- Bhagwant Mann, MP from Sangrur
Mahua Moitra and Sukhbir Badal: 1 question
She has earned a reputation for her with fiery speeches in Parliament, TMC MP from Krishnanagar in West Bengal, Mahua Moitra has asked just one question in the Budget Session. The only question that Mahua Moitra asked had nothing to do with her constituency or West Bengal.
Her question was related to the financials of the Gas Gail or the Gail India Limited, which was formerly known as the Gas Authority of India Limited.
Sukhbir Singh Badal, the Lok Sabha MP from Firozpur in Punjab has asked one question in the Budget Session. He posed his question to the newly created Jal Shakti ministry on the construction of toilets in the country.
Rahul Gandhi - 2 questions
Lok Sabha MP from Wayanad Rahul Gandhi, who resigned as the Congress president in the aftermath of the parliamentary election drubbing, has asked a total of two questions during the Budget Session of Parliament.
Both questions were related to his constituency. One question was on the night traffic restrictions through the Bandipur forest region and second on the moratorium on repayment of farmers' loans.
Danish Ali, MP Amroha - 3 questions
Elected from Amroha in Uttar Pradesh, BSP's first-time MP Danish Ali, has asked three questions on unemployment among minorities, doctor patient ratio and drop-out rates in schools.
Up to 10 questions
Lok Janshakti Party MP from Jamui in Bihar, Chirag Paswan has asked six questions in this session. The happy-to-pose for the cameras MP Hema Malini from Mathura has asked 10 questions.
Samajwadi Party MP from Rampur and known to shoot from his mouth Azam Khan has asked nine questions on a wide range of issues from farmers' income to incidences of rapes in police stations.
MPs who asked maximum questions
NCP leader Supriya Sule, MP from Baramati, has asked a whopping 109 questions this Lok Sabha session. Her questions have covered a wide range of issues -- from skill development in cargo sector to agriculture harvesting, and from the Fishery Survey of India to the right of scheduled tribes, to demarcation of railway zones. There is hardly an issue concerning the government that the parliamentarian has left unexplored.
Shrikant Eknath Shinde, Shiv Sena MP from Kalyan, has asked 84 questions. AIMIM leader and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi has asked 68 questions including one on instant triple talaq. Other questions were related to a wide range of issues such as employment, water and fake news.
Biju Janata Dal leader Bhartruhari Mahtab, MP from Cuttack, has asked 61 questions. West Delhi MP Parvesh Sahib, who was in controversy for calling to attention the illegal mushrooming of mosques in his constituency, has asked 59 questions.
Congress MP from Thiruvananthapuram Shashi Tharoor has asked 53 questions while BJP MP Varun Gandhi has asked 25 questions. Cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir, elected from East Delhi, has asked 22 questions so far.
Total number of questions asked in the current session of Parliament in the Lok Sabha is 6,179.
Note: Data has been collated from the records of the Parliament questions as updated on the Lok Sabha's website of the Government of India. Data pertain to records till 26.07.2019 of the 17th Lok Sabha, which is currently in the session.