Can a nominated MP remain absent for long: Naresh Agrawal

SansadTV Bureau

Sachin_1Samajwadi Party (SP) member Naresh Agarwal took up before the Chair the absence of nominated members from the Upper House, particularly former cricketer and sports icon Sachin Tendulkar and Bollywood actress Rekha.

Putting up a question to Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien this morning in Rajya Sabha he said the two continue to remain absent from the House and should they not resign if they are not interested?

“If they are not coming, does it mean they are not interested and if they are not interested, shouldn’t they resign,” he asked.

I have not seen the nominated members including eminent cricketer and actress attend the proceedings in this session, he added, raising the issue through a ‘point-of-order’ reference.

rekha_bollywoodBut the Deputy Chairman said this was not a point of order and Agarwal could use his good office to convince the nominated members to be present in the House for a few days.

Taking his counsel, Naresh Agarwal said if the Chair so suggests, he will write to the members on the issue.

As many as 12 persons with special knowledge or practical experience on matters like literature, science, art and social service are nominated to the Upper House.

Besides Tendulkar and Rekha, other nominated members include Anu Aga, Sambhaji Chhatrapati, Swapan Dasgupta, Roopa Ganguly, Narendra Jadhav, M C Mary Kom, K Parasaran, Gopi Suresh, Subramanian Swamy and KTS Tulsi.

(With inputs from Agencies)