BJP leader Roopa Ganguly nominated to Rajya Sabha; `Mahabharat` actor to likely replace Navjot Singh Sidhu
Bharatiya Janata Party leader Roopa Ganguly had unsuccessfully contested the West Bengal Assembly Elections this year on BJP ticket.
New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party leader Roopa Ganguly was on Tuesday nominated to the Rajya Sabha seat vacated by cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu.
Ganguly, who had played the role of the mythological character Draupadi in the hit television series Mahabharat, had unsuccessfully contested the West Bengal Assembly Elections this year on BJP ticket. She had lost to Trinamool Congress' candidate Laxmi Ratan Shukla.
President Pranab Mukherjee nominated Ganguly today. Notably, Sidhu had resigned recently following differences with the BJP leadership.
The 49-year-old actor came into limelight with the 1988 mega-mythological serial Mahabharat, in which she played the role of Draupadi. She also acted in a few Hindi and Bengali films in the 1990s and the 2000s.
Ganguly had joined the Bharatiya Janata Party in 2015.
In April, the government had nominated Subramanian Swamy, Narendra Jadhav, Navjot Singh Sidhu, Suresh Gopi, Swapan Dasgupta and Mary Kom as the new Rajya Sabha members.
The government had also nominated Pranav Pandya, the head of All World Gayatri Pariwar, as Rajya Sabha member in May but he declined it. In his place, the government then nominated Sambhaji Raje, a descendant of Shivaji, to the Rajya Sabha in June.
Sidhu had resigned from the Rajya Sabha in July, about three months after his nomination, and had formed a new front Aawaaz-e-Punjab.
(With PTI inputs)