While the national average for attendance so far is 84%, debates 16.5% and the number of questions raised 49%, YSRCP MPs’ average attendance is 79%. The average in debates is 11.2%. On average, they have raised about 46 questions.
The YSR Congress Party increased its Lok Sabha seat tally of eight in 2014 to 22 in 2019. The TDP, which had won 15 seats in 2014, managed to win just three seats in 2019 while its former ally, the BJP drew a blank. The national parties sent about 397 MPs to the Lok Sabha in 2019. Out of this, 303 were from the BJP, 52 from the Congress, and 22 from the TMC. DMK (23) and YSRCP (22) emerged as the parties winning most Lok Sabha seats among all the state parties. With 22 seats, the YSRCP, which made its Lok Sabha debut during the by-polls of 2012 became the fourth largest party in terms of strength in the Lower House of parliament within a decade. Out of these 22, 18 are first-term MPs.
Lok Sabha candidates 2019: Criminal records
According to the Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR), among the major parties, YSRCP had the highest percentage of candidates with criminal records. Out of the 25 candidates fielded, 13 (52%) had declared criminal cases against themselves out of which 10 (40%) faced severe charges. The party now holds the record for third highest (7) number of lawmakers who face cases related to crime against women out of which three are elected MPs. Hindupur MP, Kuruva Gorantla Madhav faces one charge of rape, two allegations of criminal intimidation and another charge related to a murder. Rajahmundry MP, Margani Bharath faced a charge of cruelty to his wife and was booked under the Dowry Prohibition Act and the Domestic Violence Act, 2005. Vizianagaram MP, Bellana Chandrasekhar was charged with assaulting or using criminal force against a woman with the intent of outraging her modesty.
Parliamentary performance of current YSRCP MPs
To fulfil their responsibilities, MPs participate in Debates and ask Questions and introduce Private Member Bills. An MP’s attendance during a Parliament session reflects his commitment to his constituency and his role as its representative in the Lok Sabha.
Kanumuri Raghu Rama Krishna Raju, a first-term MP from the Narasapuram constituency has engaged in 42 debates so far. The MP’s participation is the highest number of debates participated in among all YSRCP MPs. 14 MPs have participated in less than debates. Out of these, four have participated in just one debate. The average number of debates attended by YSRCP candidates is 11.2, which is lower than the national average of 16.5.
Kadapa MP YS Avinash Reddy asked 102 questions through his two terms, closely followed by a first-term MP Vanga Geetha Viswanathan of Kakinada, who asked 100. Two MPs have raised no questions so far. The average number of questions asked by the YSRCP MPs is 46.3 against a national average of 49.
Kanumuri Raghu Rama Krishna Raju has the highest attendance among all YSRCP MPs (97%). In contrast, two MPs- Suresh Nandigam, and YS Avinash Reddy has an attendance of 50% or less. The average attendance for YSRCP MPs is 79% which is way below the national average of 84%