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Stars on the political sky

india Updated: Aug 26, 2006 03:48 IST

Once they glittered on the big screen. Do our filmstar MPs shine in Parliament? A report on how they fared in the last session

Hema Malini: Nominated to the Rajya Sabha by the BJP, the former National Film Development Corporation chairperson is a dedicated member who is regular with attendance and questions even though she prefers to sit on the backbenches.

Jaya Bachchan: After making a triumphant comeback to Parliament escorted by her famous husband, the Samajwadi Party MP has been active in the Rajya Sabha this past session asking questions ranging from the quality of Ganga water at Allahabad to the power situation in Delhi.

Shatrughan Sinha: The BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP has been seen in Parliament, asking questions on the sanctioned posts of IAS officers in Bihar but he made news for his activities outside Parliament — dining with Natwar Singh, Yashwant Sinha and the JD(U)’s Digvijay Singh ostensibly to discuss the nuclear issue.

Vinod Khanna: The BJP MP from Gurdaspur is usually a regular in Parliament. Perhaps he’s busier these days with a Bollywood remake of The Godfather in which he’s acting and which is being shot in Bulgaria.

Dharmendra: His wife, Hema Malini told a TV channel that he should resign if he was not cut out for politics. The Bikaner MP is seen neither in Parliament nor in his constituency.

Govinda: The Hero No 1 has turned into a Zero No 1. The Congress MP from Mumbai North appears to have disappeared—like the vanishing cream—both from the silver screen and Parliament.

Raj Babbar: The Agra MP, who was suspended from the SP, is busy these days trying to ensure Mulayam Singh Yadav’s defeat in the forthcoming UP assembly polls. He’s found a new mentor in former PM VP Singh.

Jaya Prada: The Samajwadi’s telegenic MP, who represents Rampur, is seen more than heard, and is almost always by party leader Amar Singh’s side.