India Today Group report card ranks Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi as least performing MPs

The India Today group has brought out a unique report card for 2019 Lok Sabha Member of Parliaments according to their performance and public perception. The Data Intelligence Unit of the India Today Group has created a ranking framework to assess and compare the legislative performance of outgoing Lok Sabha MPs.

Each MP’s score is based on three broad parameters: performance in the Parliament, expenditure incurred under the Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS), and public perception of governance in their respective constituencies.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi were placed at the bottom of India Today’s 16th Lok Sabha MP Rankings that looked at the relative legislative performance of outgoing MPs.

While Rahul Gandhi’s attendance stands at 52%, Sonia Gandhi’s attendance was fairly better at 60%. Both of them have neither asked any questions not submitted any private member’s bill. Rahul Gandhi was ranked 387th and Sonia 381st among the total 416 MPs who were assessed in the rankings based on publicly available and quantifiable indicators.

Top leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) – including the Prime Minister and Union ministers – could not be ranked due to limited availability of data. For instance, Union ministers, Lok Sabha Speaker, deputy Speaker and leader of Opposition are not required to sign the attendance register. Hence, comparison of top leaders of the two major national parties is not possible.

Shiv Sena had the highest share of A+ and A grade holders, followed by All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) and the BJP. As many as 11 of 39 Congress MPs who were ranked got D or D+ while of total 195 BJP MPs ranked, 33 got D or D+