There was no trace of the heat and acrimony of Mondays proceedings as the Rajya Sabha met Tuesday morning. For,Bollywood actress Rekha took oath as a member,ending a long wait,which began with her nomination to the Upper House by the President more than a fortnight ago.
Rekha,clad in a golden brown saree,arrived at the Parliament House minutes before 11 am. She entered the Parliament building through the VIP gate to avoid a large posse of media personnel who were waiting outside the Rajya Sabhas regular entrance. Once in,she was immediately surrounded and greeted by members.
Members thumped on the desk when her name was called by Chairman Hamid Ansari. She took the oath in the name of God in English. Soon after taking oath,she walked up to Ansari and greeted him. Later after signing the member register,she greeted Prime Minister Manmohan Singh,Leader of the Opposition Arun Jaitley and other leaders before walking to her allotted seat.
She,however,chose to keep her first day in the Upper House short and left the House 20 minutes into the pre-lunch session.