A large portion of Hebei’s representatives missed their own district’s panel discussion at China’s Two Sessions. According to Sina News, about a third of Hebei Province’s National Party Congress deputies failed to show up for the Hebei panel discussion yesterday morning.
Many of the deputies that were present to begin with left the conference early. By the time the panel ended, only half of the expected attendees were left.
After about two hours of deputies walking out on the panel’s discussion, Hebei’s deputy party secretary Zhao Yong decided that enough was enough. He asked the deputies that were still present: “Who among the National Party Congress staff is here now? Notify all the deputies that if they have to take leave, they absolutely have to report to whoever’s in charge. In principle, we do not accept any absenteeism.”
He continued to tell the absent deputies off, saying: “National Party Congress deputies, you’re not here for sightseeing. You can’t choose to not come if you don’t feel like it. You fought so hard to be a deputy. Now that you are one, you can’t just shirk your responsibility.”
Secretary Yong’s rebuke won applause from the delegates who stuck it out and seemingly gleefully agreed with his rant.
The Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, otherwise dubbed the “Two Sessions” will conclude on March 15, giving Hebei’s deputies plenty of time to clean up their act (hopefully). Read more about this year’s two sessions here.
[Image via Sina News]
By Evelien van der Veer