Modi government nominates 4 members from the South for Rajya Sabha
Legendary athlete PT Usha, iconic music composer Ilaiyaraaja, noted philanthropist Veerendra Heggade and acclaimed screenwriter-director K V Vijayendra Prasad were on Wednesday nominated to the Rajya Sabha by the Modi government.
The announcements about the nominated MPs were made by Prime Minister Modi on Twitter. Sources claimed that the choice of nominated MPs reflected the Modi government’s endeavour to provide representation to the underprivileged, as the new MPs include a woman, a Dalit, and a minority community member.
The move is seen as a political outreach by the ruling BJP to enhance its presence in the region which has not been too enthusiastic about it except for Karnataka. All the four members nominated to the Rajya Sabha are from southern states. While Usha is from Kerala, Ilaiyaraaja hails from Tamil Nadu, Heggade belongs to Karnataka and Prasad is from Andhra Pradesh.
Born in a Dalit household in a village in Madurai district, Ilaiyaraaja is regarded as one of India’s greatest music composers. During his long career, Ilaiyaraaja had to face innumerable hardships.
PT Usha needs no introductions. She has won medals for the country at various international sporting events, including the World Junior Invitational Meet, Asian Championships, and Asian Games. She has set and broken many national and Asian records during her career.
Veerendra Heggade has served as the ‘Dharmadhikari‘ of the Dharmasthala temple in Karnataka since the tender age of 20. He established the Rural Development and Self-employment Training Institute (RDSETI) to spread awareness about self-employment opportunities and train rural youth.
Vijayendra Prasad is an acclaimed screenwriter and film director, who has penned the scripts of many prominent Telugu and Hindi movies. His notable works include some of the highest-grossing Indian movies such as ‘RRR’, and the ‘Baahubali’.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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