PT Usha, Ilaiyaraaja, V Vijayendra Prasad, and Veerendra Heggade nominated to Rajya Sabha

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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

  • 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.

  • PT Usha

  • 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.

  • Veerendra Heggade

  • 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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