Ilaiyaraaja, PT Usha, Veerendra Heggade, Vijayendra Prasad nominated to RS; PM congratulates

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  6 July 2022 4:38 PM GMT
Ilaiyaraaja, PT Usha,  Veerendra Heggade,  Vijayendra Prasad nominated to RS; PM congratulates

New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday nominated music maestro Ilaiyaraaja, retired track and field athlete PT Usha, philanthropist Veerendra Heggade and noted screenwriter-director, V Vijayendra Prasad, to Rajya Sabha.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to congratulate the nominees."The creative genius of @ilaiyaraajaJi has enthralled people across generations. His works beautifully reflect many emotions. What is equally inspiring is his life journey- he rose from a humble background and achieved so much. Glad that he has been nominated to the Rajya Sabha," he said.

PM Modi said the remarkable PT Usha Ji is an inspiration for every Indian. "Her accomplishments in sports are widely known but equally commendable is her work mentoring budding athletes over the last several years. Congratulations to her on being nominated to the Rajya Sabha," he said.

Modi said V. Vijayendra Prasad Garu is associated with the creative world for decades. "His works showcase India's glorious culture and have made a mark globally. Congratulations to him for being nominated to the Rajya Sabha," he said.

Modi also lauded Philanthropist Heggade saying for his outstanding community service. "I have had the opportunity to pray at the Dharmasthala Temple and also witness the great work he is doing in health, education, and culture. He will certainly enrich Parliamentary proceedings," he said

Rajya Sabha has 245 seats. Of these, 233 members are elected and 12 members are appointed by the President of India. As per the constitutional limit, the strength of the House cannot exceed 250.

President chooses and appoints the twelve nominees for the Rajya Sabha. They might be people who have significantly contributed to the fields of social science, literature, art, or social work. The Vice President of India serves as the ex-officio Chairman of the Rajya Sabha.

Rajya Sabha had vacancies in the nominated category. Out of the 12, five have been already nominated. This includes the names of former CJI Ranjan Gogoi, noted lawyer Mahesh Jethmalani, classical dancer Dr. Sonal Mansingh, BJP leader Ram Shakal, and Rashtriya Swayam Sewak Sangh (RSS) ideologue, and Delhi University professor Rakesh Sinha.

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