The purpose of this article is not to write the biography of Hema Malini, the old diva of tinsel town but to understand how she reacts in the hour of crisis. In July 2015, in Dausa, the BJP parliamentarian’s speeding Mercedes had crashed into a Maruti Alto in which Harsh Khandelwal was travelling with his family. Mr Khandelwal’s two-year-old daughter Chinni was killed and his six-year-old son suffered fractures in both arms and both legs. Others in the car, including his wife, were injured.
And how strange and cruel were the feelings expressed by the actress in her tweets: “My heart goes out to the child who unnecessarily lost her life and the family members who have been injured in the accident. How I wish the girl’s father had followed the traffic rules – then this accident could have been averted & the lil one’s life safe!” According to Mr Khandelwal, “I had my indicator on. I saw the road was clear and then took a turn. What traffic rule did I break? Was I speeding? Her car was at 150 plus speed. She is a big name but must at least think before speaking. Instead of blaming me… had my little girl been taken to hospital with Hema Malini she could have been saved now, It was her driver – arrested within hours for rash driving – who hit him at high speed while he was taking a turn on the highway.”
Witnesses at the site of the accident said that the 66-year-old politician, who was injured on the forehead, was driven away to Jaipur soon after the car crash in a private vehicle by a local BJP leader. Her assistant who was traveling with her, and the driver of her Mercedes also left with her. And see the arrogance of the family – Amid angry posts on social media, her daughter Esha Deol said that Ms Malini would provide financial aid to the Khandelwals.
So, you see, I’m not surprised the way she responded to latest Mathura Disaster. She is the member of that constituency. The Mathura Carnage in which nearly 1,000 policemen who entered the large park in the heart of Mathura were completely ambushed. From treetops, bullets showered down on them. On the ground, squatters- a heaving, ferocious mob of 3,000 – used swords, sticks and grenades. Flames raged as they set gas cylinders on fire. It took at least two hours before the squatters deserted Jawaharbagh, which they had moved into two years ago.
Twenty four people were killed in these clashes: two police officers, the other victims were members of the cult that calls itself the Swadhin Bharat Vidhik Satyagrah. Claiming to be political and social revolutionaries, they say they are fighting for the abolition of elections and cheaper fuel for everyone.
It was absolute failure of law and order in Uttar Pradesh and the SP administration is left with no face to hide the worse shame of its rule. They are going to pay the heaviest price for the dereliction of the duties of every department concerned.
It could have been a blessing in disguise as a low fruit has fallen in their political wallet before the UP assembly election. A time for the BJP’s to claim of the political and moral high ground. However, their day suffered considerably on the account of Hema Malini, the parliamentarian from Mathura as hours after the riot, the BJP leader chose to tweet photos of her on the sets of her latest film. She deleted that post later and said she was heading to Mathura.
I must change the gear of this article.
What is expected from Hema Malini as the member of Parliament?
We know that every MP is the voice for his/her constituency. Every MP has to raise issues of his constituency in Parliament through questions, debates etc. An MP can also play a role in implementing projects in his/her constituency by following up on projects at the level of the District Collectorate or at the State government and Central government level. For instance, I frequently follow up and monitor projects in my constituency, Kendrapara, by meeting with State and Central ministers.
The exact roles and responsibilities of an MP are not codified in the Constitution of India, Section 3 of Article 105, which discusses the powers and privileges of MPs and of committees, lays the responsibility of defining the responsibilities of an MP and committees on Parliament. It says: “..the powers, of each House of Parliament, and of the members and the committees of each House, shall be defined by Parliament by law from time to time.”
However, through various laws and otherwise, an MP is required to perform various responsibilities in Parliament and outside. From 1993, MPs have also been given the responsibility to recommend projects in their constituency to the District Collector. A separate scheme called Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme, which allocates 5 crores per MP per year (Earlier 2 crores, revised in 1998) was instituted in 1993. There are detailed guidelines which specify the nature of projects for which this fund can be utilized.
The new government has also assigned a responsibility to every MP to develop model villages in his/her constituency under the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana. Although, no new funds have been allocated under this scheme, the MPs are required to take efforts to leverage funds from different schemes of the State and Central government and channelize them to develop the model village.
Where the Jawahar Bagh is located in Patna? Is is not the moral responsibility of the elected representative to take care and protest in effective terms if it is misused, and look after this squatted swath of nearly 300 acres of prime land? What kind of development was taking place there?
Actually, this glittering member of Parliament of BJP is no longer gold and reducing herself into an object of human interest story. She is no longer taken seriously inside or outside of her party.
She was in Mumbai’s Madh Island while her Lok Sabha constituency Mathura was facing the worse scenario of death and destruction. Instead of rushing fast to Mathura, she remained busy in tweeting pictures of her shooting for a film and hoping for its early release.
In a series of images which were uploaded on Twitter, Hema Malini, dressed in a maroon sari, could not stop appreciating about how easy it has become to reach “Madh Island from mainland Mumbai by motorised boats.” “Hoping for an early release of this film,” she captioned one of the photos, without revealing the name of the film. Sensing something amiss, the actor deleted the tweets and out of the blue, began tweeting about the Mathura clashes and how she was ‘so so upset’. The fact that the Madh Island tweets were deleted was reported by ANI.
Later on, when the better sense prevailed, she on TV criticized the Samajwadi Party-led government in UP. “This illegal encroachment was happening for a long time but SP government did not do anything”, the MP lashed out. I did not realize that this will turn out to be such a serious matter,” said Hema Malini.
RSS planners should note that it’s not only SP that is exposed yesterday, your Khaki slip is also showing now. From RSS shakhas to this armed obscure Cult ‘Swadhin Bharat Vidhik Satyagrah’ in name of Guru Dev and Neta Ji, these set-ups are nothing but the smoke screen for dangerous ideologies that would take the country towards unknown destinations. Let the nation beware !
By Naim Naqvi