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Updated: May 16, 2012 01:26 IST

Rekha takes oath in Rajya Sabha

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Rajya Sabha member Rekha
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Clad in a golden silk sari, with matching high-heel sandals, veteran film actor Rekha became the cynosure of all eyes in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, as she was sworn in as a member of the upper house.

The 57-year-old received a warm welcome, with several members warmly greeting her and talking to her.

Nominated to the Rajya Sabha by the president, she was greeted in the house with thumping of desks. Chairman M. Hamid Ansari welcomed her, and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Leader of the Opposition Arun Jaitley greeted her after she signed the members' register.

Rekha's seat is in a row designated for nominated members. Senior journalist and nominated member H. K. Dua was seen explaining proceedings to her, and she was also seen interacting with noted lyricist Javed Akhtar, who is seated in her row.

Her contemporary, actor Jaya Bachchan, was, meanwhile, seated in her new place, in a different row. There were reports claiming that she got her seat shifted, to avoid being in the camera frame with Rekha. Jaya Bachchan was earlier seated on seat 91, while Rekha was allotted seat 99, which was right behind her.

Jaya Bachchan, who is a Rajya Sabha member elected from Uttar Pradesh on the Samajwadi Party ticket, however, said she wanted to change her seat because of the demise of party colleague Brij Bhushan Tiwari, who used to sit next to her.

A leading actress of the Hindi film industry in the 1970s and 1980s, Rekha took the pledge in English. She sat in the house halfway through question hour, and then made a quiet exit.

Rekha was nominated to the upper house along with industrialist Anu Aga and cricketer Sachin Tendulkar. While Aga was sworn in on Sunday during a special sitting of the Parliament, marking its 60 years, Tendulkar is expected to be sworn in on Wednesday, according to sources.

Welcoming Rekha to the Parliament, Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad said: “Rekha is a great artist; we welcome her into our fraternity.”

Former Samajwadi Party leader and Bachchan's family friend Amar Singh on Tuesday refused to comment on reports of Jaya Bachchan's demand to change her seat.

“I don't want to comment on why Jaya Bachchan changed her seat. Amitabh Bachchan is my friend and I have seen Rekha in his films. I congratulated her when I met her today. I don't have any personal equation with her though,” he told reporters.

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Ludicrous act of our politicians nominating film stars, cricket players and like to Rajya sabha; the original purpose to fill the seats by experts in field of administration - economics, agriculture, labor management and allied issues that face country, now given way to heroes in other fields, with little on NO talent to contribute to common welfare of masses or operations to benefit Nation - why have a circus of baffoons who have NO time for public as they are completely immersed in money making (raking)profession
Pity we have lost all common sense and behave like selfish stupid kings who had own set of nominated ministers. Must stop this soon!

from:  Radhik Hairam
Posted on: May 16, 2012 at 05:53 IST

How does it comes a big news item in The Hindu? I failed to understand. We have more prominent people who were elected to RS and also did some good work. Known Tamil Journalist Cho. Ramaswamy made it to RS and excellently used MP funds for resurrecting water catching ponds in North Arcot Dist. Can we expect any of these sportsperson or Film personality MPs deliver like that?

from:  Nan Maran
Posted on: May 16, 2012 at 05:53 IST

Indian Parliament has fallen into the corrupt politicians,be it ruling Congress or the opposition BJP. Do we need to nominate dancers and fine stars to represent the Rajya Sabha. Isn't it a betrayal to the mandate, who voted the elected MP's ,who are suppose to contribute a progressive part in parliament.

Its a shame and a criminal waste to send people like cine stars and sports personalities to represent in parliament. Time in parliament is precious and worth in millions of rupees everyday.Oh politicians of India,how long you will cheat people of India and dharti Maa.For India's sake, don't waste parliaments time on holdup's and trivial issues.

from:  Syed Kabeer Ahmed
Posted on: May 15, 2012 at 19:43 IST

Why do we blame only Rekha? How many experienced and old politician participate in procedure of parliament?

from:  harish
Posted on: May 15, 2012 at 19:42 IST

This whole Rajya Sabha is an unwanted item.. let alone its members..

from:  Uday Singh
Posted on: May 15, 2012 at 19:10 IST

After Rekha, It will be Shakeela in the Line up as the next Candidate for the Rajya Sabha. I cannot believe that our politicians can stoop to such low levels.
If you are really interested in representing a person from the Bollywood, there are hundreds better than this stupid selection. Does any body know on what basis this foolish selection was made.

from:  shejuguru
Posted on: May 15, 2012 at 18:50 IST

Regarding the last comment here - it should not matter whether a person comes from Sports or Arts or anything for that mattter, India is a democratic country and everyone has same right. The idea to bring people from all the sectors is to bring a balance, balance of knowledge and judgement in all relevant areas.

Regarding Ms Rekha's 20 mins (or a fraction less than that) at the parliament today - It was her first day and I think its too early to judge her willingness to work as an MP. I hope she has not accepted the membership just for namesake or to be the part of the priviledged people of Rajya Sabha.

from:  Rashmi
Posted on: May 15, 2012 at 18:32 IST

Considering the no. of MPs (Film Stars, Sportspersons, etc.), I
recommend the House should be the venue for next Film Fare Awards and
IPL Auction...

from:  Renjith
Posted on: May 15, 2012 at 14:52 IST

As good as Tendulkar I presume. How could a sports person be nominated? The Constitution does not provide for that.

from:  Hilary Pais
Posted on: May 15, 2012 at 14:50 IST

What a waste ! Rajya Sabha has been turned into a circus by these wasteful nominations. Imagine anu agha with a lot more on her hand was there when a faded, out-of-work star was seemingly had more important things on her hand than contributing to the nation !!

from:  Sahir
Posted on: May 15, 2012 at 14:49 IST

Wow! this is the kind of reporting this society expects and deserves. Hopefully, more
primary school teachers, rickshaw walas, bus conductors and soldiers--what about
farmers--need to commit suicide. nobody elects them but the cricket and film-
walas.

from:  varun
Posted on: May 15, 2012 at 14:45 IST

Please remind me again why is she in Rajya Sabha? For looking attractive 30 odd years
ago? Or being the third corner in a marriage triangle? Our political standards have truly
fallen. It is a sad day indeed that the government couldnt find a more eminent and suitable
candidate than . It shows the bankruptcy of the Government than the lack of candidates.

from:  Muralita
Posted on: May 15, 2012 at 14:30 IST

This would ensure 100 % attendence among the male members in the RS that is sure

from:  N Kumar
Posted on: May 15, 2012 at 14:24 IST

She was not even patient for 20 minutes to sit through her very first sitting as an MP to witness the proceedings.. What contribution could someone expect from such people gaining [indirect] subscription to the House of Elders!!

from:  Giridhar
Posted on: May 15, 2012 at 14:04 IST

I love the "Nineteen minutes and 23 seconds" part. that's a good
indicator for things to expect from her I guess.

from:  arun mony
Posted on: May 15, 2012 at 13:35 IST
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