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Rekha charms sullen MPs

Rekha charms sullen MPs
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As the beautiful Bollywood diva walked into Parliament, it seemed a scene right out of a classic Hindi film. The Silsila days fireworks flew when yesteryears sizzling actress Rekha took oath in the Rajya Sabha at 11 am.

Interestingly her Silsila co-star Jaya Bachchan was in the house as well on her new seat, much before Rekha made her grand entry. And, when Rekha entered Parliament, Jaya's stoic expression was simply 'priceless'. During Rekha's stay at the house, the two ladies did not greet each other.

The former Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh choose not to comment on reports of Bachchan's insistence to get her seat changed in the Rajya Sabha after Rekha was nominated to the upper house. Singh told reporters outside Parliament, 'I don't want to say anything on why Jaya Bachchan changed her seat. It's her own
silsila
. Amitabh Bachchan is my friend and [I] have seen Rekha in his films. I congratulated her when I met her today. I don't have any personal equation with her though.'

Sizzling Parliament with her presence, she was escorted inside via the special entrance gate used by the prime minister. Rekha entered the upper house along with the minister of state for parliamentary affairs Rajiv Shukla, clad in a golden-brown saree, 20 days after she was nominated to the Rajya Sabha by the government along with  the cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and the entrepreneur-activist Anu Aga. She was welcomed warmly by the thumping of desks by parlimentarians, including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Introducing herself as Rekha Ganeshan, she took oath in English. Then, she walked ahead gracefully and signed the members' register, while greeting the prime minister and also the leader of the opposition Arun Jaitley. She then sat on her allotted seat numbered 99. Later she was seen interacting with the lyricist Javed Akhtar. However, she left soon after and spent very little time on the house's proceedings.

The star-struck parliamentarians were seen to be reacting to her presence in the house. The Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav remarked, 'There is a difference between seeing her on-screen and seeing her in person.' The former railway minister and Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav said, 'Rekha is a very good actor. It was a good nomination. I welcome her.'

The Lok Janshakti Party chief Ramvilas Paswan remarked, 'She has come to the Rajya Sabha. It is obvious that I will meet her. She has loads of films to her credit, the most popular being Silsila. She looks more beautiful in person.' The Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati said, 'The more people come from diverse fields, the better it is.'
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