The celebrities in Lok Sabha have done better than their counterparts in the Upper House on the attendance front but have been found lacking in participating in the workings of the Lower House.
Recently, a row erupted over Rajya Sabha members cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and Bollywood actress Rekha remaining absent from the House since they were nominated by the UPA government.
In comparison to them, the celebrities in 16th Lok Sabha — about 10 members from the world of entertainment and sports — have done much better.
Vinod Khanna, the BJP member from Punjab, has highest attendance of 95% among all celebrities but he has not participated in a single debate or raised a question on the House, the data compiled by civil society body Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) says. The compilation is based on members signing on daily attendance register — a must to receive their allowance from the Lok Sabha.
Khanna’s contemporary in Bollywood and MP from Mathura, Hema Malini, however, has a dismal performance with attendance of less than 10% in 21 days. Another cine star and first-time MP, Paresh Rawal, had about 71 % attendance but did not participate in any debate. BJP’s Chandigarh MP, actor Kirron Kher, had 90% attendance, but she too did not participate in any debate.
AAP MP Bhagwant Mann has been outstanding. He participated in debates on the budget, raised several questions and attended two-thirds of the sittings. Mann was followed by Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, BJP MP and shooter, who raised couple of questions and participated in a debate. He had 90% attendance.