YourMPThere have been couple of web apps that allow users to track the members of parliament, however, if you had to know what goes into the parliament house, you had to rely on news publications for the updates or watch the parliament broadcast. While the parliamentary debate transcripts are available on the Lok Sabha websites, it’s not exactly mobile friendly.

Your MP is an app that allows users to not only track Lok Sabha parliament members (MPs) with their bio but also track the latest debates and questions in the parliament house. The app is currently available as a free download on the Google Play Store and is compatible with all Android phones running on Android 2.1 or later.

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We tried the app from our Android handset (Micromax A90S). From the home tab of the app, one can locate and track MPs, add them to our favorite list and track latest debates and question raised in the parliament. There are also couple of search options available to allow one to search through parliamentary debates and questions. Expectedly, these features don’t work offline and one would need to have a working Internet connection to access  these features.

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Locate MP: The locate MP feature allows one to browse through a list of all existing MPs or search for any specific based on constituency, state, party, by name, or go through the list of all MPs. Following this, one can go through their bio and browse through the debates they have participated in or the questions they have answered.

One can also add an MP to a favorite list to get quicker access to the debates and questions answered by that particular MP in the parliament. Note that the app just downloads the transcripts of the debates and questions on the Lok Sabha website and displays within the app, therefore we noticed that when the discussions were lengthy at times, the app was not able to render the transcript properly

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Interestingly, we noticed that the app also offers contact details for each MP, which one can either add to their phonebook or directly contact the respective MP. Among the contact details offered include the minister’s official physical address, telephone and fax number, official and personal email address among others.

Other developments:

Microblogging social networking site Twitter had set up an event page for the Gujarat Assembly elections 2012 that updates tweets related to the election in real time. Anyone, whether registered on the website or not, can access the page at twitter.com/hashtag/GujaratElections.

Rediff.com had launched the Rediff Sentimeter, an interactive map-based tool that predicts who could win the Gujarat assembly election 2012. The first phase of the Gujarat assembly elections will be held in on December 13, 2012 and second phase on December 17, 2012, while the counting will take place on December 20, 2012. The sentimeter can be accessed at rediff.ly/sentimeter.

Recently, Rajesh Jain backed online media company Niti Digital launched an elections data site called Indiavotes.com. Indiavotes has data on Lok Sabha (parliamentary) elections since 1952 and all state elections since 1977. There’s also MyNeta.info*, which provides information on various candidates.

*Disclosure: Nikhil Pahwa, the editor of this site, is related to Jagdeep Chokkar, one of the founders of the Association for Democratic Reforms, which runs MyNeta.info.