PT Usha, Ilaiyaraaja, V Vijayendra Prasad, and Veerendra Heggade nominated to Rajya Sabha
Music maestro Ilaiyaraaja, sports icon PT Usha, screenwriter V Vijayendra Prasad and philanthropist and spiritual leader Virendra Hegde were nominated to the Rajya Sabha on 6 July.
The nominations were made after the term of Rajya Sabha of Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi of BJP and RCP Singh of JD(U) ended.
Ilaiyaraja is from Tamil Nadu.
In a career spanning nearly five decades, Ilaiyaraaja has composed songs in several Indian languages and won several awards.
He has won national awards five times. In 2010, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan and in 2018 the Padma Vibhushan.
Usha, born in Kozhikode in Kerala, is India’s best known track and field athlete.
She also runs the Usha School of Athletics for training young athletes in the sport.
He has won 11 medals at the Asian Games, including four golds at the 1986 Seoul Games.
She has been awarded the Arjuna Award and Padma Shri in the past.
V Vijayendra Prasad
He is from Telangana.
He is Telugu cinema’s leading screenwriter.
He has been associated with the creative world for many decades.
His works showcase India’s glorious culture and have made a mark globally.
Sivaji Ganesan (1982-86), Vyjayantimala Bali (1993-99) and S Ramaswamy (1999-2005) are the other Tamil film personalities who have served as nominated members of the Rajya Sabha.
He is from Karnataka.
He has been the ‘Dharmadhikari’ (custodian) of the Dharmasthala temple in Karnataka from the age of 20.
He established the Institute of Rural Development and Self-Employment Training to provide awareness about self-employment opportunities and to train rural youth.
He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan in the year 2015.
Nomination of Rajya Sabha members by the President
Of the 245 members of the Rajya Sabha, 12 are nominated by the President on the recommendation of the government.
They are nominated under Article 80(3) of the Constitution.
As per Article 80(3) they should have special knowledge or practical experience in matters like literature, science, art and social service.
A nominated member is allowed to join a political party within the first six months of taking membership.
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