Sachin Tendulkar, Rekha come under fire for absence in Rajya Sabha

Dy Chairman P J Kurien said Tendulkar was nominated to the Upper House in April 2012 and has attended the session for three days.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: August 8, 2014 5:31 pm
sachin-m Sachin Tendulkar (Source: PTI)

Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar and yesteryears Bollywood star Rekha on Friday came under attack in Rajya Sabha for attending the House for only three and seven days, respectively, since their nomination two years back.

P Rajeeve of CPI-M raised the issue of long-duration absence of celebrities as he wanted to know whether they have sought permission for it.

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Responding to this, Deputy Chairman P J Kurien said Rajeeve and some other members had raised the issue earlier but there was no violation.

“As per Article 104 of the Constitution, if a member is absent from either House of Parliament for a period of 60 days
then the seat is considered vacant. In case of Sachin Tendulkar, he has not attended the Parliament for 40 days whereas Rekha’s absence is less than this,” he observed.

Kurien said Tendulkar was nominated to the Upper House in April 2012 and has attended the session for three days. “Last time he had come to the House on December 13, 2013,” he said.

About Rekha, he said she had joined in April 2012 and has attended the session for seven days. “Last time she attended the House on February 19, 2014.”

On Thursday, NCP leader D P Tripathi had raised the issue outside Parliament.

“I like him (Sachin) very much as a cricketer and I really like Rekha as an actress but their conduct as nominated members of Rajya Sabha is despicable to say the least.

“By their behaviour and continued absence, they have insulted Parliament and Indian Constitution. Such people should have never been nominated to this august house. I pity those MPs who get themselves clicked with Rekha and Sachin Tendulkar,” Tripathi had said.

Some other members had also expressed a desire that they felt the cricketing icon should contribute more.

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    Babu Ram
    Aug 8, 2014 at 1:24 pm
    Show the dog of cricket the door.
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      sekhars
      Aug 8, 2014 at 12:19 pm
      These people should have never nominated to begin with
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        deevee Pariyarath
        Aug 8, 2014 at 11:23 pm
        If they are not serious about the job should volintarily resign from member ship and give chance to others
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          Krishna Iyer
          Aug 9, 2014 at 11:48 am
          Both of them irrespective of their respective achievements just do not deserve to be in Parliament in the first place. Sachin was never a good captan and Rekha except for her alleged affairs and dubious past had nothng to contribute to deserve this recognition. Adn this poor attendance is definitely an insult to the Parliament. An interesting thing to note would be did their draw their ry and allowances? Some media expose on this will be welcome.
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            MH17
            Aug 8, 2014 at 12:48 pm
            This is what they were elected for. Absence.
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              jp
              Aug 8, 2014 at 11:18 pm
              It is not that their priorities (not all) are not serving the people. Many of them are engaged in much better occupations. Sachin ,I understand, is involved in lot of charity work. Being good in their profession, should not be the criteria for nomination. Film stars should never be nominated as they are in an illusionary world of they are on.
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                P
                Aug 8, 2014 at 3:03 pm
                Sachin & Rekha can contribute better outside RS in their own fields of sports & cinima through presenting ideas to Government that bring glory to the country rather than adding another misfit feather on their cap.
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                  s s nair
                  Aug 8, 2014 at 1:49 pm
                  There are several other MPs both in Rajya Sabha as well as in Lok Sabha who do not speak. Why only two MPs are chosen.
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                    Citizen
                    Aug 8, 2014 at 12:58 pm
                    It is a mistake to nominate these guys to august houses as their priorities are different from serving the people. It is better to do away/minimize this thing in the interests of all and specially tax payers money. Jaihind
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