Uddhav Thackeray nominated to NIC

Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray has been nominated to the National Integration Council (NIC) headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Updated: Jun 04, 2010, 21:17 PM IST

New Delhi: Shiv Sena leader Uddhav
Thackeray has been nominated to the National Integration
Council (NIC) headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

The 41-year-old son of Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray
has been included in the reconstituted NIC in the category
`Leaders of Regional Political Parties`, the Home Ministry
said in a statement.

Prime Minister Singh has been reconstituted the NIC on
April five bringing in new faces including Union ministers A K
Antony, Mamata Banerjee, Veerappa Moily and Kapil Sibal.

Among the other members in the council, which will now
have 148 members, are Ambika Soni, Dayanidhi Maran and Salman
Khursheed, who have made their entry as Union ministers while
BJP leaders Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley have come in as
Leaders of Opposition in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha
respectively.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi, BJP President Nitin
Gadkari, CPI-M General Secretary Prakash Karat, CPI General
Secretary A B Bardhan are among leaders of national parties in
the NIC. Farooq Abdullah, Ajit Singh, Sukhbir Singh Badal, N
Chandrababu Naidu, Mulayam Singh Yadav, Lalu Prasad, Sharad
Yadav and Mehbooba Mufti are among leaders of regional parties
who have been included.

Chief ministers of all states, Delhi and Puducherry
are members along with chairmen of National Commissions.

Among eminent public figures who figure in the NIC
members list include Somnath Chatterjee, Sitaram Yechury, C K
Jaffer Sharief, Asauddin Owaisi, Shabana Azmi, Amar Singh and
Rajnath Singh.

N Ravi, Mammen Mathew, Shobhana Bhartia, Shekhar
Gupta, T N Ninan, K N Tilak Kumar, P Sainath, M K Razdan,
Kumar Ketkar, Shashi Shekhar and Shravan Garg are among
eminent media personalities nominated to the council.

NIC came into existence in September-October 1961
under the Chairmanship of the then Prime Minister Jawaharlal
Nehru to find ways and means to combat the evils of
communalism, casteism, regionalism, linguism and to formulate
definite conclusions to give a lead to the country.

-PTI