Day XII Summary – Call-A-Thon

A high level summary:

  • MP’s who were willing to work with Jay Panda in his efforts to refer the bill to the standing committee
    • Dhanapalan,Shri K. P. Indian National Congress Chalakudy (Kerala ) Telfax. (011) 23795286, 9013180142 (M)
    • Dhotre,Shri Sanjay Shamrao Bharatiya Janata Party Akola (Maharashtra ) Tels. (011) 23795656
      9822566673, 9868180257 (M)
  • Das,Shri Bhakta Charan

    Indian National Congress Kalahandi (Orissa ) 9868656472, 9013180248 (M

MP’s who were supportive but not willing to go against the party

  • Dasgupta,Shri Gurudas Communist Party of India Ghatal (West Bengal ) Tels. (011) 23388701, 9868180640 (M)
    Baite,Shri Thangso Indian National Congress Outer Manipur(ST) (Manipur ) Tels. (011) 23092026, 23092131
    9013180079 (M)
Baba,Shri K.C. Singh Indian National Congress Nainital-Udhamsingh Nagar (Uttarakhand ) Tels. (011) 23359787, 09868180299 (M)


The complete details of the phone calls made by the team


1. Didn’t pick up the cell phone
2. Sukumar his secretary answered the call and told him about the RTI, requested the MP to consider my request
Choudhary,Shri Nikhil Kumar Bharatiya Janata Party
1. 94160 25250 – secretary’s number. Not available on the cell phone number. Asked to call at around 12:00 noon Choudhry,Smt. Shruti Indian National Congress
Not available on either the cell phone or land line Choudhury,Shri Abu Hasem Khan Indian National Congress
Says she will go with the party decision and when i asked her personal opinion, she hung up on me Chowdhary,Smt. Santosh Indian National Congress
Not picking up any phone numbers Chowdhury,Shri Adhir Ranjan Indian National Congress
Number is invalid Chowdhury,Shri Bansa Gopal Communist Party of India (Marxist)
Spoke to the secretary – and requested me to email the MP. The MP himself is on a doctors visit Danve,Shri Raosaheb Patil Bharatiya Janata Party
Secretary gave the cell number: 90131 80248. MP was an activist all his life and was falsely accused and various cases were registered against him. And he strongly believes the court order to keep criminals out of the RTI act. So not fully supportive of this. Regarding RTI act, he fully supports political parties under RTI and is a good friend of Jay Panda. Everyone in the public domain should be brought under RTI Das,Shri Bhakta Charan Indian National Congress
100% gaurantee that all the financial documents/statements have been made public and have explaination for all the accounts. When i asked him if we supports parties to come under RTI – he said, he doesn’t want to say anything and asked me to write to him – and hung up Das,Shri Khagen Communist Party of India (Marxist)
Not answering either cell phone or landline Das,Shri Ram Sundar Janata Dal (United)
Supports political parties to come under RTI with limited scope – definitely agrees that financial accounts and transactions must come under RTI. When asked if he can support Jay Panda’s efforts, he said, he can’t work with other parties. But he was very clear that his party will not support the amendments. Dasgupta,Shri Gurudas Communist Party of India
Not answering either the land line or the cell phone Dasmunsi,Smt. Deepa Indian National Congress
Dastidar, Dr. (Smt.) Kakoli Ghosh All India Trinamool Congress
Not answering the phone De(Nag),Dr. (Smt.) Ratna All India Trinamool Congress
Not answering the phone Deka,Shri Ramen Bharatiya Janata Party
Deo,Shri V. Kishore Chandra Indian National Congress
Not answering the phone – send him email Deora,Shri Milind Murli Indian National Congress
MP is not available – got his father in law who asked me to call back in 10 mins – so he can give me the right number Deshmukh,Shri K. D. Bharatiya Janata Party
Not answering the phone Devegowda,Shri H.D. Janata Dal (Secular)
MP was clueless at the beginning – but then she understood and said she will simply go with the party. And when i asked her this was discussed in the party – the answer was No Devi,Smt. Ashwamedh Janata Dal (United)
Was supportive of parties to come under RTI – even offered to work with Jay Panda. Asked JP to call him Dhanapalan,Shri K. P. Indian National Congress
Was impressed someone was calling from abroad. Was very supportive of parties coming under RTI and also said parliament sessions are such that there is never a useful dialogue. He offered to work with Jay Panda on this issue Dhotre,Shri Sanjay Shamrao Bharatiya Janata Party
As soon as i mentioned the purpose of my call, MP said he was in a meeting, wanted me to call back after an hour Dhruvanarayana,Shri Rangaswamy Indian National Congress
Looks like i spoke to this MP – she said Sureshji aap se baat ho chuki hai na – hum dekhlenge and she hung up Dhurve,Smt. Jyoti Bharatiya Janata Party
election commission hasn’t raised the ceiling of the expenditure. So this has to be raised. EC has imposed so many restrictions that it becomes very difficult – which is why parties refused to bring parties to come under RTI. Even 60 lakhs is not sufficient, didn’t want to comment on the upper limit but wanted the government to comment on this. Also said Money power should be reduced. But definitely cannot Jay Panda’s effort – as he is bound by the party discpline Dias,Dr. Charles Indian National Congress
Not available Dikshit,Shri Sandeep Indian National Congress
Not answering the phone Dome,Dr. Ram Chandra Communist Party of India (Marxist)
Party haat utane ko kahegi to utayange – agar girane ko kahegi to girayange – Party mein to koi charcha hui nahi abhi tak Dubey,Shri Nishikant Bharatiya Janata Party
Doesn’t support parties to come under RTI – party collects funds by collecting small amoutns and parties have audits. So there is no need for them to be under RTI again Dudhgaonkar,Shri Ganeshrao Nagorao Shiv Sena
Not answering the call Dutt,Smt. Priya Sunil Indian National Congress


didnot pick up the call Azad,Shri Kirti (Jha) Bharatiya Janata Party
switched off Azharuddin,Shri Mohammed Indian National Congress
went to chennai. the person who picked up the call didnot provide his mobile number Baalu,Thiru Thalikkottai Rajuthevar Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
call in 15 min – voice not clear Baba,Shri K.C. Singh Indian National Congress
called him back. he is not stuidied the bill yet. So didnot comment. But agreed to the point that political parties should come under RTI. If party issues a whip, he wont go against the party decision. But will convey citizen opinion to party high command.
busy – didnot pick up Babar ,Shri Gajanan Dharmshi Shiv Sena
called me back. Had a 5 min conversation. He wais shocked to learn that Im calling from USA.
Very responsive and asked me send an email and said he would follow up with party
8:00 am and was still sleeping and i was asked to call at 9:30 am. Babbar,Shri Raj Indian National Congress
was asked to call in 1hr. Badal,Smt. Harsimrat Kaur Shiromani Akali Dal
no one recived the call. Baghel,Smt. Sarika Devendra Singh Rashtriya Lok Dal
no one recived the call. Bahuguna,Shri Vijay Indian National Congress
no one answered Bairwa,Shri Khiladi Lal Indian National Congress
no one answered Bais,Shri Ramesh Bharatiya Janata Party
Had a 10 min conversation with him. He said there are some practical problems in implementing it for political parties and is unonimously decided by all parties to amend it. I told him that we are calling everyone and asking them to vote against it. He asked me where I belong to and did I call my MP. I told him that I called Rathod Ramesh. I told him all MP’s are bound to take the opinion of citizens of the country and not the party high command. Conversation was ended on a positive note, but he looked like will vote as per the wishes of the high command. Baite,Shri Thangso Indian National Congress
not reachable Baitha,Shri Kameshwar Jharkhand Mukti Morcha
no one answered Bajwa,Sardar Partap Singh Indian National Congress
out of coverage area Baliram,Dr. Bahujan Samaj Party
no luck Balmiki,Shri Kamlesh Samajwadi Party
swicthed off Balram,Shri Porika Naik Indian National Congress
no one answered Bandyopadhyay,Shri Sudip All India Trinamool Congress
no luck and other number doesnot exist – respectively Banerjee,Shri Ambica All India Trinamool Congress
no response Banerjee,Shri Kalyan All India Trinamool Congress

Srinivas Reddy

Mobile not connecting, called 2311 number, jayadeep singh picked up and told Avtar Singh went on for a morning walk, asked to call after 9 am.
Called at 9am IST, not returned from walk it seems
Bhadana,Shri Avtar Singh Indian National Congress
all three numbers are ringing but not picked, tried twice on each. Sent him an email. Bhagat,Shri Sudarshan Bharatiya Janata Party
not connecting Bhagora,Shri Tarachand Indian National Congress
busy, not connecting, tried on all numbers Bhajan Lal,Shri Haryana Janhit Congress (BL)
mobile number does not exist,
House maid picked up the landline, he already left to office and has she doesn’t know any other number to reach him. she asked to call tomorrow early. Emailed him
Bhoi,Shri Sanjay Indian National Congress
mobile switched off. Email bounced Bhonsle,Shri Udayanraje Pratapsingh Nationalist Congress Party
mobile not connecting, landline not picked up, email bounced Bhujbal,Shri Sameer Magan Nationalist Congress Party

Venkat Didugu

Finally spoke with Mr Yogi, what ever party says , he will do it. He dont have any opinion. Adityanath ,Shri Yogi Bharatiya Janata Party
He says, he need to see what are the amendments to the act. He told we will vote based on his personal will if voting come up. Party is second.He indicated RTI has become a business. Adsul,Shri Anandrao Shiv Sena
Spoke with Secretary Parish- he told he is not avaible, we can call evening about 5PM,asked to send email tp Advani,Shri Lal Krishna Bharatiya Janata Party

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