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Ministers’ absence embarrasses Govt in parliament

Government on Friday faced embarrassment in Lok Sabha due to absence of railway minister DV Sadananda Gowda or his deputy when the railway budget was taken up for discussion. Realising that the two ministers were absent, the Opposition was quick to make it an issue with Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury telling the Chair that the government was ‘totally indifferent’. ‘I am formally registering my protest. The concerned minister is absent...it is demeaning the dignity of the House. This government is totally indifferent. They are not at all serious,’ he said.

Chowdhury, who was asked by the Chair to speak on rail budget, pointed out that at least the minister concerned was expected to be present when the House discussed important issues concerning the people. Cornered by the opposition, Gowda and his deputy Manoj Sinha, who reached Lok Sabha after 10 minutes post-lunch, apologised to the House.
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