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Among Celebrity Politicians, Kirron kher Tops in Attendance at Parliament, Rekha gets the lowest score

The national average attendance rate for lawmakers in Parliament: Lok Sabha MP 82 percent and for Rajya Sabha MP 79 percent

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Kirron Kher with her husband Anupam Kher. WIkimedia Commons

New Delhi, Sept 03, 2016: Bollywood celebrities’ attendance at the parliament house was taken into account. It shows that well-known actress BJP MP Ms.Kirron Kher is at the first place when it comes to attending the sessions whereas veteran actress Rekha is last on the list.

As studied by the PRS legislative research (a non-profit organization involved in tracking the legislative matters) Ms. Kher who is the representative of Chandigarh LS seat holds 85 percent attendance which is counted to be the most by any Bollywood celebrity.

She was accompanied by fellow actor and BJP MP Paresh Rawal who represents the  Loksabha constituency of Ahmedabad East. TMC’s  Ms. Satabdi Roy representing Birbhum and Bhojpuri actor-singer and BJP lawmaker from Northeast Delhi Manoj Tiwari were the ones registering a good attendance rate of 76 percent.

Rekha- a Bollywood actress and RS MP. Wikimedia Commons
Rekha- a Bollywood actress and RS MP. Wikimedia Commons

The national average attendance rate for lawmakers in Parliament is: Lok Sabha MP 82 percent and for Rajya Sabha MP 79 per cent.

Famous actress Hema Malini who represents Mathura had only 37 per cent attendance. Records indicate that she had participated in 10 debates and asked 113 questions.

Dev Adhikari- a TMC MP from Ghatal- scored just 9 percent attendance. The Agnishapath actor participated in just one debate.

Another TMC Rajya Sabha MP and veteran actor Mithun Chakraborty’s attendance was recorded and it was as poor as of 10 per cent. The 66-year-old actor, whose term started in April 2014, had not participated in any of the activity in the sessions.

Renown actress Rekha’s attendance was the lowest among celebrities as she clocked an abysmal 5 per cent. Nominated to the Rajya Sabha in April 2012, the actress too had not participated in any activity of asking question or debate in the sessions.

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Among others TMC’s Moon Moon Sen and Tapas Paul have a good attendance of 70 and 64 per cent respectively. Vinod Khanna, the BJP MP from Gurdaspur, Punjab scored a second class, with 59 percent attendance.

Aam Aadmi Party’s Bhagwant Mann – a comedian-turned-politician- comes from Sangrur Lok Sabha seat in Punjab. He scored an attendance of 64 percent and participated in 79 debates and asked 39 questions.

Coming to Odisha: Biju Janata Dal’s Lok Sabha MP and Odia actor Sidhant Mohapatra got 68 percent attendance to his credit. A Rajya Sabha MP Anubhav Mohanty netted 70 per cent attendance and  participated in 31 debates and asked 209 questions.

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From Uttar Pradesh, Samajwadi Party Rajya Sabha member actress Ms. Jaya Bachan had 74 per cent attendance. The famous Shotgun, ie, Shatrughan Sinha achieved 68 per cent attendance.  Sinha represents Patna Sahib Lok Sabha in Bihar. He did not participate in any debate, nor posed any question.

As the data indicate, very few celebrities had an active attendance record in Parliament.

(With input from Agencies)

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Ukraine’s New Leader Gets Sworn In, Immediately Dissolves Parliament

The 41-year-old Zelenskiy had upended the traditions of Ukrainian politics

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Ukrainian President-elect Volodymyr Zelenskiy greets supporters before inauguration ceremony in Kyiv, Ukraine, May 20, 2019. VOA

Ukrainian TV star Volodymyr Zelenskiy was sworn in as the country’s new president on Monday, promised to stop the war in the country’s east against Russian-backed separatists and immediately disbanded parliament, which he has branded as a group only interested in self-enrichment.

Even before he disbanded the Supreme Rada, which had been one of his campaign promises, the 41-year-old Zelenskiy had upended the traditions of Ukrainian politics.

He ditched the idea of a traditional motorcade to his inauguration, walking to the parliament through a park packed with people. Flanked by four bodyguards, he was giving high-fives to some spectators and even stopped to take a selfie with one of them.

Before he made the announcement, Zelenskiy asked the Supreme Rada to adopt a bill against illegal enrichment and support his motions to fire the country’s defense minister, the head of the Ukrainian Security Service and the Prosecutor General. All of them are allies of former President Petro Poroshenko, who lost the presidential election in a landslide to the comedian with no previous political experience.

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Ukrainian TV star Volodymyr Zelenskiy was sworn in as the country’s new president on Monday. Flickr

In a feisty speech after his inauguration, Zelenskiy told the Rada that his main goal for the presidency is to bring peace to eastern Ukraine, where government troops have been fighting Russia-backed separatists for five years.

“I’m ready to do everything so that our heroes don’t die there,” he said. “I’m ready to lose my popularity and, if necessary, I’m ready to lose my post so that we have peace.”

Zelenskiy garnered 73% of the vote at the presidential election last month in a victory that reflected Ukrainians’ exhaustion with politics-as-usual. For years, he has played the Ukrainian president in a popular television show.

The new president wrapped up his speech at parliament by referring to his career as a comedian.

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“Throughout all of my life, I tried to do everything to make Ukrainians laugh,” he said with a smile. “In the next five years I will do everything so that Ukrainians don’t cry.” (VOA)