Members of Parliament and Ministers of Government


Once a Member of Parliament (MP) becomes a Minister of the Government, he is expected to devote his full time to the running of the affairs of his Ministry and he is to think of the requirements/development of the whole country and should not pay any special attention to his constituency. As Member of Parliament representing a particular constituency, he is expected to look after the interests his constituency. Thus a person cannot do justice to both the offices of MP and the Minister. Therefore, it is reasonable to make the MP to resign his membership of Parliament to take up the office of the Minister. The vacancy of MP in his constituency can be filled either by holding a bye-election or by some other means. The question whether the Minister should have voting right in the Parliament or not can be decided by the Parliament. In India at present 50-60 constituencies do not receive full attention of their MPs, they having been made Ministers. They do not speak in the Parliament as Member of his constituency.. There are a few countries where the above mentioned system is prevalent. To introduce the system in India, the constitution needs to be amended. The system can be experimented for 10-15 years and subjected to a thorough review thereafter to decide on continuation or discontinuance of the system