BJP leaders Subramanian Swamy, Boxer Mary Kom, Navjot Singh Sidhu and journalist Swapan Dasgupta have been nominated by Modi Government to Rajya Sabha on 22nd April 2016, Friday. The nomination also includes Narendra Jadhav, member of erstwhile National Advisory Council (NAC) headed by Congress President Sonia Gandhi.
Malayalam actor Suresh Gopi is among others, to fill six of the seven vacancies in the nominated category of the Rajya Sabha, sources in the BJP said. Sources said the government may decide between actor Anupam Kher and journalist Rajat Sharma for the seventh name.
President Pranab Mukherjee nominated the six personalities from different fields such as literature, science, sports, art and social service – on the advice of the government. Industry expert Ashok Ganguly and journalist HK Dua had retired from the Rajya Sabha last year.
Subramanian Swamy is a Harvard-educated economist and was a former Union Minister for Commerce and Law. 66-year-old Swamy was also a former member of the Planning Commission and he had a joined BJP a few years ago.
Navjot Singh Sidhu is a cricketer-turned three-time Lok Sabha member of BJP from Amritsar. He was given a Rajya Sabha seat apparently to stop him from joining Aaam Aadmi Party. 62-year-old Narendra Jadhav is an economist. Narendra Jadhav was a member of Sonia Gandhi-led NAC during the UPA tenure from 2010 to 2014.
Jadhav has held several positions in NAC. He was also a member of planning commission from 2009 to 2014. Narendra Jadhav was a Vice Chancellor of the University of Pune and He is also prolific writer in three languages – Marathi, English and Hindi.
A senior journalist Swapan Dasgupta held different editorial posts at The Statesman, The Times of India, India Today and Others. 60-year-old Swapan was awarded with Padma Bhushan last year. Swapan is regularly appears to arguing for the Modi Government in Political debates.
Malayalam actor Suresh Gopi is a supporter of the BJP in the last few years. Suresh Gopi is known as an Action Hero in Malayalam film industry. Suresh is mostly played oles as honest and committed police officers in several movies.
33-year boxer Mary Kom is nominated for Rajya Sabha. Mary Kom hails from Manipur and is a five-time world amateur boxing champion. Mary Kom is only woman boxer to have won a medal in each one of the six world championships.
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