NEW DELHI, March 22 (Xinhua) -- India Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked his party members to ensure their presence in parliament.
Modi's reprimand to lawmakers from his Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) comes in wake of their absence from the lawmaking body resulting in lack of quorum in both houses of Indian parliament.
"Attending parliament is member of parliament's basic responsibility," an official quoted Modi as having said during BJP's parliamentary party meeting Tuesday. "The prime minister told the members that he can call anyone of them at anytime."
During the past few days frequent delay in start of work in the two Houses of parliament was reported due to lack of quorum - the minimum number of members needed for initiating valid proceedings.
The Indian parliament is currently in session and lawmakers meet to discuss issues, pass laws and provide answers to the questions of fellow legislators on governance.
The parliament together has 790 members with 545 members in the lower house (locally called Lok Sabha) and 245 in the upper house (locally called Rajya Sabha). The members have been found often skipping the proceedings except some important ones.