Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Our Next Prime Minister?

Rahul Gandhi, by many accounts, will succeed Manmohan Singh as Prime Minister before the latter's term is up. Given the position he may soon enjoy, I thought it would be interesting to compare his parliamentary performance to that of the opposition's highest-ranking Lok Sabha MP, Sushma Swaraj. 

All data has been gathered from PRS Legislative, which does an absolutely outstanding job of tracking our elected representatives. (Data is up-to-date for the 2011 Monsoon Session)

Rahul Gandhi (click name for detailed record)
Attendance: 43%
National Avg: 77%
State Avg: 80%
Debates: 1
National Avg: 18.7
State Avg: 22.7

Questions: 0
National Avg: 144
State Avg: 115

From the data, Rahul Gandhi is way below the national and state average in every single aspect. He participated in just one debate in the current Lok Sabha, where he proposed his now infamous "game-changer" to make the Lokpal a Constitutional body. He has not asked a single question in his entire time as an MP in the 15th Lok Sabha. Compared to his peers, he has seriously under-represented his electorate in Parliament. He does not serve on the Council of Ministers and has no other constitutional responsibilities.


Sushma Swaraj (click name for detailed record)
Attendance: 94%
National Avg: 77%
State Avg: 81%
Debates: 60
National Avg: 18.7
State Avg: 21.7

Questions: 42
National Avg: 144
State Avg: 114

Sushma Swaraj's weakest relative performance is the number of questions she has asked. It is below the national and state average, but incomparably better to Rahul Gandhi (0). Her attendance - at 94% - is exemplary. Debates are clearly her forte. Her participation is more than thrice the national average. And it's not just the numbers but her oratorical skill and content that have also won praise. She has also tabled a private members' bill to modify the Indian Penal Code (national average is 0.4; Rahul Gandhi has tabled none). The amendment, if passed, would introduce the death sentence for people convicted of kidnap/murders or rape/ murders. Like Rahul Gandhi, she does not serve in the Council of Ministers (obviously), but has the added responsibility of serving Parliament as Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha.

The data speaks for itself. I have nothing further to add.

4 comments:

  1. Is that why Sushma Swaraj was humiliated in debate (Cash for Votes after wikileaks) by Kapil Sibal and others? If she is such a good debater how does she always get defeated by Congressman and other politicians?

    Buddy get your facts right. Arun Jaitley is a good debater NOT Sushma Swaraj. Sushma Swaraj is only good for jingoism and making hollow meaningless statements and rhetoric.

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  3. @True Indian: That's a subjective view. You are more than welcome to disagree.

    I'd like your take on the objective facts I've presented, since that is the thrust of this post.

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  4. I think for PM candidate we have tolerated impotence, the gay attitude, soft spoken or dumb people for lot of time. Lets support a courageous guy, who can not only say but prove his point, who can do what he say and say what he want to do.
    A person who can talk to people directly (like Obama does in US. )
    No better candidate in India than Modi for this.
    We have to get over Congress and Fake Gandhi family.
    Today's need is to have a direction...maybe wrong maybe right but one direction atleast...despite of being direction less I would love to see the nation on move...either back to ancient India or Modern India both are good.
    We have to get over secularism issue raised against BJP... why it is wrong to think Hindu. If Hindu will live he will let live Muslims but (not all but some stone-head)secularists will live he will not let Hindu live.
    Think on bigger perspective than stupid things. Let Modi be PM. I want to see what direction he shows, I want to see what he plans he has for nation.
    I don't want to see a person who don't even know how to shit on PM's post and no viklang PM or viklang sarkar required. No na kisi ki sunti hai, na jise kuch dikhai deta hai, sa kuch samajh me aata hai, na thik se parliament chala sakti hai, aur jiske logon ko bolne ke tameez bhi nahi hai.... PLEASE NO SUCH SARKAR for future for INDIA.

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