Will not join the Cabinet : Amit Shah

SP chief and former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav said he had met Nawab on Eid and wondered as to why he had a'sudden change of heart. PTI File

SP chief and former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav said he had met Nawab on Eid and wondered as to why he had a'sudden change of heart. PTI File

PM Modi had in March pulled up BJP MPs for skipping Parliament proceedings, warning that he would keep tabs on them by calling any member any time.

In a party meeting, Amit Shah told the MPs to ensure that such absenteeism is not repeated in Parliament.

"It's a conspiracy of the Congress not to approve the amended Bill in the Rajya Sabha".

"Sonu Yadav is a party booth worker, and just as I go to eat at any other place, I went to his house and had food..."

Shah also blamed the previous Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) governments in the state for the mess in Uttar Pradesh and said that they had collectively presided over scams to the tune of Rs 12 lakh crore.

On Monday, when amendments were moved by Congress MP Digvijaya Singh, demanding that a woman and a member from minority community be included in the Commission, the bill was put to vote.

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Among the ministers not present in the House were Ravi Shankar Prasad, Piyush Goyal, Dharmendra Pradhan, Smriti Irani, MJ Akbar and Nirmala Sitharaman. They have also been asked to explain in writing why they were missing from the house when the bill was voted on.

Despite Prime Minister Narendra Modi admonishing lawmakers for their continuous absences from Parliament, NDA legislators continue to be absent from house proceedings, with almost 30 NDA lawmakers absent from Rajya Sabha proceedings on Monday. The minister, who has also been the party treasurer, said "much of the increase has been because of the increase in the value of the property". "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.

The BJP chief said that the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has launched 104 satellites into orbit under the present government.

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.

PTI adds: "The Constitution (123rd Amendment) Bill, 2017, providing for setting up of a National Commission for Backward Classes, was passed after dropping Clause 3, to which four amendments was approved by the House earlier".