Sachin Attends Rajya Sabha After A Row Over Absence Of Celebrity MPs
New Delhi: After a row over, MPs particularly celebrity MPs absenting themselves from the Rajya Sabha, cricketer Sachin Tendulkar attended the Parliament on Thursday surprising many people.
It may be recalled that the government was embarrassed when the Opposition managed to drop a crucial clause from the Constitutional Amendment Bill on the National Commission of Backward Classes as Treasury Benches were literally empty.
In this context, both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah pulled up the absentee MPs. While the absentee MPs were affiliated to a political party and were pulled, nobody really could pull up the MPs who were nominated under special categories.
As celebrities like Sachin and actress Rekha were rarely seen in the Parliament, they have been in the eye of the storm for their absence.
According to the latest Parliament attendance record, Sachin attended 23 sittings, while Rekha was present in only 18. As the media has mentioned the issue glaringly, Sachin attended the House for around an hour.
A few days ago, Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agarwal, with the support of a few other MPs, had raised the issue of absentee MPs. He asked why such celebrities should be nominated to Rajya Sabha wasting public money when they don’t even bother to attend.
Agarwal, in fact, had also suggested to the Chairman that both these celebrities should resign if they were not interested in attending the House.Neither Sachin nor Rekha have never raised any issue nor asked any question in Rajya Sabha till now.
A few members also prepared resolutions asking to do away with the provision of nominating celebrities and giving the opportunity to deserving people.
Constitution allows the government to nominate members for their contribution to art, social service. However, they don’t enjoy all the rights that elected members do.