The absence of Rekha and Sachin Tendulkar in Parliament has resurfaced yet again, this time it was senior Samajwadi Party leader and MP Naresh Agrawal who questioned the long absence of both the celebrities. Saying that the job of an MP is one that carries a huge responsibility the SP leader said that if they cannot do their jobs properly in Parliament, then they should resign from their post.
According to Times Now report, Tendulkar and Rekha have hardly attended parliament and have a total attendance of just 8% and 5% respectively, in the last 5 years. Also, Rekha has not participated in any Rajya Sabha debates all these years.
In April 2012, both Rekha and Tendulkar were nominated to the Upper House and were made the members of standing committees of Parliament. Tendulkar was made the member of the committee on IT, whereas Rekha was the member of Food and Civil Supplies. Tendulkar has raised only 22 questions in last 5 years.
As per the Article 104 of the Constitution, if a member is absent from either House of Parliament for a period of 60 days then their seat is considered as vacant, as reported by NDTV. A standing committee (of which Rekha and Tendulkar were a part) is a combination of the both houses of the Parliament i.e. Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha and the members’ job is to strengthen the accountability of the Government to Parliament by recommending bills and keeping an eye on federal agencies.
This is not the first time that celebrities have faced a tough time from the other members. Last year, Derek O’Brien had said that “It was remarkable that during such an important and politically charged session (which was on demonetisation), some of the stalwarts nominated members of the Rajya Sabha were absent. Sachin Tendulkar continued to be missing from the crease and Rekha made her usual guest appearance,” according to reports.