Athlete PT Usha and Music Composer Ilayaraja Among 4 Rajya Sabha Nominees | India News
Notably, the four personalities are from southern states.
Usha is from Kerala and Ilaiyaraaja, a Dalit, is from Tamil Nadu.
Heggade is the head of the famous Dharmasthala temple in Karnataka.
Screenwriter Prasad hails from Andhra Pradesh and is known for his blockbusters like “RRR”, “Baahubali” series and “Bajrangi Bhaijaan”.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to congratulate the four nominees.
The remarkable PT Usha Ji is an inspiration to all Indians. His achievements in sports are widely known but eq… https://t.co/o6VHADCEaD
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) 1657118393000
“Remarkable PT Usha Ji is an inspiration to all Indians,” the Prime Minister said in a tweet. “Her achievements in sport are widely known, but equally commendable is her work mentoring aspiring athletes over the past few years. Congratulations to her on her appointment to the Rajya Sabha,” the Prime Minister added.
@ilaiyaraaja Ji’s creative genius has captivated people across generations. His works beautifully reflect many… https://t.co/B0m2UUaZMC
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) 1657118472000
Shri Veerendra Heggade Ji is at the forefront of outstanding community service. I had the opportunity to pray… https://t.co/YowMj7vPlp
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) 1657118673000
“Shri V. Vijayendra Prasad Garu has been associated with the creative world for decades. His works showcase the glorious culture of India and have left their mark on the entire world. Congratulations to him on his appointment to the Rajya Sabha,” also said the Prime Minister.
Shri V. Vijayendra Prasad Garu has been associated with the creative world for decades. His works showcase the glory of India… https://t.co/AxKkRt2QW8
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) 1657118769000
Praising philanthropist Heggade, Prime Minister Modi said he was at the forefront of outstanding community service. “I had the opportunity to pray at the Dharmasthala
Temple and also witness to the excellent work he is doing in the fields of health, education and culture. It will certainly enrich the parliamentary work.”
Official sources said that these appointments show another example of the Modi government recognizing outstanding Indians who have made their mark in various fields.
The four appointed members have had illustrious careers in their respective fields and have received national and global recognition for their contributions, they said, adding that they would expand southern region representation in the Rajya Sabha.
The Rajya Sabha has 245 seats. Of these, 233 members are elected and 12 members are appointed by the President of India. In accordance with the constitutional limit, the size of the Upper House cannot exceed 250.
The President chooses and appoints the twelve candidates for the Rajya Sabha. These may be people who have made significant contributions to the fields of social science, literature, art or social work. The Vice President of India is the ex officio President of the Rajya Sabha and is responsible for it.
The Rajya Sabha had 7 vacancies in the nominated category. Of the 12, five had been named earlier, including former CJI Ranjan Gogoi, famed lawyer Mahesh Jethmalani, classical dancer Dr Sonal Mansingh, BJP leader Ram Shakal, ideologue Rashtriya Swayam Sewak Sangh (RSS) and Delhi University Professor Rakesh Sinha.