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targeted at 4. but they relented later, in what Miliband said was a bruising contest.00 am:?Union Minister Prakash Javadekar at Pune Mayur Colony Jog school to vote at 9 740 am:RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat casts his vote at a polling booth in Bharat Mahila Vidyalaya for Nagpur Municipal Corporation elections 730 am:Polling begins across 3431 booths in the city For all the latest Pune News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Top NewsWritten by Praveen Chakravarty | Updated: August 7 2015 6:24 am Interestingly the only marginal impact we found was that MPs who did not recontest had a lower parliamentary activity index than those who did stand for election again Related News Ever since the monsoon session of Parliament began on July 21 there have been puns galore “Washout amidst storms” “Raining protests” “Much thunder” “Well overflowing” “All down the drain” are some of the headlines (traditional and social media) that have appeared on the repeated adjournments and stalling of Parliament in the current session NDTV claimed that a washout of the monsoon session would waste Rs 35 crore of taxpayer money Times Now has claimed the figure is Rs 260 crore Share This Article Related Article “No discussions without resignations” is the Congress’s mantra Its member of Parliament Shashi Tharoor doesn’t agree with this strategy and warned that it could incur the wrath of the voters But instead it was he who earned the ire of Congress president Sonia Gandhi Prime Minister Narendra Modi has cautioned that the world is watching India’s ugly stalemate in Parliament and that it does not bode well for the country’s image To boot some urbane politicians are trying to come up with smart 140-character prescriptions such as “no subsidised lunch for MPs” “no salary for non-working MPs” etc Amid this furore over a stalled House and reminders about India’s global reputation being tarnished as well as veiled threats on increasing the price of biryani for MPs it is pertinent to ask if parliamentary performance and conduct matter electorally for an MP In other words do Indian voters reward or punish their elected representatives for good or bad parliamentary performance PRS Legislative Research a 10-year-old Delhi-based non-profit has meticulously compiled and made easily available data on MPs’ performance in Parliament in terms of attendance participation in debates and questions asked Using data from PRS for the 14th (2004-09) and the 15th (2009-14) Lok Sabhas we analysed MPs’ parliamentary performance vis-à-vis their re-election campaigns across two general elections (2009 and 2014) We computed a simple cumulative “parliamentary activity index” giving twice the weight to attendance as to participation in debates which is often a party diktat or asking questions We restricted our analysis to the 12 largest states that account for 440 (81 per cent) of Lok Sabha members We were able to get parliamentary activity data for a total of 809 MPs — 400 in the 14th Lok Sabha and 409 in the 15th Lok Sabha Of these 809 MPs 567 (70 per cent) faced re-election as a sitting MP in the 2009 or the 2014 election or in both Did a good parliamentary track record attract more voters or ensure a higher vote-share for these MPs or vice versa According to this analysis there is absolutely no relationship between an MP’s performance in Parliament and her popularity with voters That is when presented with the choice of rewarding or punishing an MP for her parliamentary performance more than 500 million voters across two elections did not seem to care A scatter plot examining the relationship between parliamentary record and swing in vote-share reveals no significant relationship Interestingly the only marginal impact we found was that MPs who did not recontest had a lower parliamentary activity index than those who did stand for election again While it would be premature to conclude just on this basis that political parties hand out electoral tickets to candidates based on their performance in Parliament there does seem to be a relationship between poor performance in the House and not recontesting elections But when a sitting MP recontests her parliamentary performance seems to matter very little for the eventual outcome or even just for her vote-share The table summarises both the average and median “Parliament activity index” for MPs who recontested and for those who did not as well as the overall index scores for all MPs MPs who won re-election did not have a significantly better parliamentary track record than the average MP while those who lost did not have lower-than-average activity levels This is true for both the 14th and 15th Lok Sabhas and the subsequent elections in 2009 and 2014 Thus contrary to Tharoor’s warnings to his party there is no evidence to claim parliamentary behaviour is a consideration for voters — something that is perhaps obvious to most elected politicians This is not an attempt to intellectualise the licence to stall Parliament This is merely to clarify the incentives faced by politicians If every MP is cognisant of the fact that absence in Parliament is not going to hinder her electoral chances and if “electability” is the primary criterion of handing tickets to candidates by political parties what is the real penalty for an MP not discharging her duties in Parliament An increase in prices in the Parliament canteen or taking away some of the MPs’ perks may save a few crores but they are certainly not going to get our MPs racing to the House Parliamentary performance must become an election issue and a primary re-election issue in every constituency In India’s notoriously multi-cornered elections where the margin between a win and a loss is very often a few thousand votes the potential to swing votes marginally based on parliamentary performance could serve as a powerful incentive for MPs to engage and be productive in Parliament The media has a pivotal role to play in educating voters about good and bad performers in the House Apart from the attempts to elicit anger among voters with figures on the loss of taxpayer money making people aware of their MPs’ parliamentary performance is a responsibility of our fourth estate The writer is visiting fellow in political economy at IDFC Institute and a donor to PRS Legislative Research With help from Swapnil Bhandari For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Reuters | London | Published: September 18 2017 10:48 pm Singapore Grand Prix saw a crash in the first lap (Source: AP) Related News Sebastian Vettel’s temperament is under the spotlight again after the Ferrari driver’s hopes of seizing back the Formula One lead disappeared in a few seconds of mayhem at the Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday The German his fast-starting team mate Kimi Raikkonen and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen crashed out as they raced to the first corner Stewards summoned all three drivers after the race but decided none was wholly or predominantly to blame The view was not shared by others who either pointed the finger at Verstappen in his last race as a teenager or accused Vettel of needless aggression at a key point in the championship Long before Hamilton had stretched his lead to 28 points with six races remaining Ferrari’s official Twitter feed stated that “VER (Verstappen) took #Kimi7 out and then he went to #Seb5” “What we tweeted was a factual description of events No need to speculate on this” it added later as reaction on social media flared Television footage and in-car cameras showed Raikkonen making a storming getaway from fourth on the grid and around Verstappen on the outside Vettel on pole was slower off the line and steered left to squeeze Verstappen who kept his car straight and was pincered by the Ferraris The Dutch teenager and Raikkonen tangled wheels with the Finn’s car slewing sideways and into Vettel’s before again careering into the Red Bull and also collecting Fernando Alonso’s McLaren “I think initially Sebastian saw I was a little bit better off the line than him so he wanted to close me So he drove to the left” said Verstappen “Maybe he didn’t see Kimi on the left but what do you expect I cannot just move out of the way… I think it was just not very clever” Damon Hill the 1996 world champion was disappointed to see Vettel “pretty much blow his and Ferrari’s championships into smithereens” “Nice one Seb You’re better than that Need to watch that short fuse” said the Briton in a blog post Vettel made a public apology in July after he banged into Hamilton’s Mercedes in a moment of ‘road rage’ at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix while both were following the safety car Former Williams McLaren and Red Bull racer David Coulthard told Britain’s Channel 4 viewers that the crash was “instigated by Seb” Retired Australian driver turned pundit Mark Webber who had a few clashes with Vettel as Red Bull team mates defended Verstappen “If you were pushed for someone to blame then it looks like Seb because he’s the one doing the biggest movement” he said in the Times newspaper “But in the end he wasn’t the one who crashed into Max It was Kimi who crashed into Max Max was innocent in this” Retired triple world champion Niki Lauda now the Mercedes team’s non-executive chairman said it was an incident Vettel could have avoided “If he (Vettel) would not have moved (across) he could have won the race there’s no question about it They were unlucky really in a big way” said the Austrian For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: April 30 2017 7:03 pm Related News Sohail Khan was apparently not there on the sets when Shah Rukh Khan’s cameo in Salman Khan’s Tubelight was being shot After sharing screen space in films like Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya Salaam-E-Ishq and Veer Sohail and Salman have reunited for Kabir Khan’s Tubelight “It was great fun working on this film I enjoyed working with him (Salman) He and Kabir share a great chemistry As we know each other so it is always an advantage when we work together It’s easy to communicate There are times when we don’t rehearse and just do the scenes” Sohail told PTI The 47-year-old actor-filmmaker says his role in the movie is important but it’s more of Salman’s film The movie also has a cameo by superstar Shah Rukh Khan but Sohail does not have any scenes with him “I was not shooting at that time so I don’t know how the reunion between them (Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan) I know he has a guest appearance” Sohail says Also read |Salman Khan’s Tubelight might not release on Eid in Pakistan The actor is is currently seen as a judge on kids comedy reality show Chote Miyan Fans of Sultan actor are however eagerly waiting to see the teaser of Tubelight which will be released on May 4 Salman himself had made the announcement on his official Twitter page The movie also stars Chinese actor Zhu Zhu and is based on the Sino-Indian war which took place in 1962 between India and China While the main reason behind this war was a disputed Himalayan region other political reasons played a role as well For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsBy: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 29 2017 4:52 pm Divyanka Tripathi and Drashti Dhami presented a ‘fire and ice’ performance at the Star Parivaar Awards 2017 Related News Star Parivaar Awards 2017 was aired on Star Plus last night And out of the several things the big winners and the glittering show one thing that left fans asking for more is Divyanka Tripathi’s onstage performance Dressed in a white and blue attire this television queen was like a breath of fresh air as she burned the dance floor with her charm and perfect moves In one of the segments of the performance the Yeh Hai Mohabbatein actor was accompanied by Drashti Dhami who is currently seen in Pardes Mein Hai Mera Dil Also read |Divyanka Tripathi reveals when the stage of Nach Baliye 8 forgot about dance and took up mannequin challenge Divyanka chose the melodious song “O Re Piya” from Madhuri Dixit starrer Aaja Nachle sung by Pakistani singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan Divyanka’s dancing skills have got brushed enough as she is currently participating in Nach Baliye season 8 along with husband Vivek Dahiya Point to note is in one of the acts Divyanka had tried the style of Madhuri from the title track of the same film and impressed the judges too While Divyanka depicted ice Drashti was all fire on the stage The fire and ice performance went a notch higher when both the actors came together and grooved on the song “Sun Saathiya” from the film ABCD Check out some videos which have been shared by Divyanka Tripathi’s fans on Instagram It was not just her sizzling dance that made this year’s Star Parivaar Awards memorable but also her winning moments Divyanka won the Best Mom trophy for her popular show The actor and her husband Vivek had shared their happiness on their respective social media accounts when the awards were shot sometime back Divyanka who was happy to have both her mother and father by her side on the occasion had shared a picture and captioned it as “My #StarPariwar at #StarPariwar? download Indian Express App ? download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: PTI | Karachi | Published: August 3.

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