New Delhi: Often criticised for her absence from Rajya Sabha, Bollywood actor Rekha on Tuesday attended the proceedings of the Upper House for the first time in the ongoing Budget Session.
A day later she was in the news again, this time for her new official accommodation — 15 Gurudwara Rakabganj Road, Delhi — better known as Congress' war room, according to Economic Times. This house has remained a venue for several crucial closed-door meetings of the party and is currently being occupied by, Congress' new adviser Prashant Kishor, among many others. It was in the name of Telangana Congress Rajya Sabha MP — Ananda Bhaskar Rapolu — till Wednesday. In 2009, 2014 Lok sabha elections too Congress used the address to make party strategies for the poll.
According to the ET report, a party leader was quoted saying, "The war room was a name given by others. For us, it was always a place where coordination meetings were planned. This is where five to ten people work every day. We can always shift to another place if needed."
Some Congress insiders said that Rekha being an MP nominated by the party, it may not be difficult for the party to continue operating from there. "Nothing has been decided till now," a party insider said. Some believe elections can be won from inside high-intensity “war room” where bright minds converge and change the course of history, if so then Prashant Kishor is very strategically placed, but we wonder what Rekha is doing there.
Tuesday was the first time Rekha had attended the ongoing budget session. She had attended the last Winter Session once also. She was nominated to the Upper House in 2012.
Some members had also alleged that celebrities were "insulting" the House by not attending it.
Article 101 (rpt) 101 of the Constitution has penal provisions for a member's absence from either House of Parliament.
with inputs from PTI