Actor Roopa Ganguly nominated to Rajya Sabha

The BJP on Tuesday nominated actor Roopa Ganguly to the Rajya Sabha to fill a seat vacated by cricketer turned politician Navjot Singh Sidhu, who resigned earlier this year.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 5, 2016 4:46 pm
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Actor and BJP leader Roopa Ganguly, who had played the role of the mythological character Draupadi in the hit television series Mahabharat, was on Tuesday nominated to the Rajya Sabha. Ganguly, who had unsuccessfully contested the West Bengal Assembly elections this year on BJP ticket, was nominated by President Pranab Mukherjee to the seat vacated by cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu, who resigned recently following differences with the BJP leadership.

Ganguly, who had joined the BJP in 2015, had lost the West Bengal Assembly elections, earlier this year, to TMC candidate Laxmi Ratan Shukla.

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Thanking the BJP leadership for nominating her to the Rajya Sabha, Ganguly said she wants to work for the country and will perform all her duties with utmost sincerity. “I want to work for the development of my country and will perform all my responsibilities with utmost sincerity,” she said.

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, 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.

Beside Mahabharat, Ganguly has done several Bengali and Hindi films including Bahar Ane Tak and Saugandh. She was last seen in Ranbir Kapoor starrer Barfi.

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    Ordinary Indian
    Oct 4, 2016 at 12:07 pm
    I support woman power.... she should be made an MP
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      ashok
      Oct 4, 2016 at 1:35 pm
      good choice by b j p led nda.she deserves attention after her stiff fight in the embly elections in west Bengal.allegience pays.
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        ASHOK KUMAR
        Oct 4, 2016 at 4:08 pm
        Draupdi as wife of five in Rajya Sabha and Ravana as leader of 545 in Lok Sabha.
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          Kejriwal Fan
          Oct 4, 2016 at 2:03 pm
          Rupa just represents every hindu girl in bengal. Flirt with and seduce muslim guys, and when everything seem to be over cry love jihad
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            KS KUMAR
            Oct 4, 2016 at 12:27 pm
            If Pratibha Patil could be made as President of India by Sonia hi, anybody can be nominated to any post.
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              Krishna
              Oct 4, 2016 at 12:20 pm
              And good luck to her, plenty of Kauravas await!
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                Ashok Mazumdar
                Oct 4, 2016 at 6:40 pm
                Oh My God.! ! ! !lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Draupadi, What She will Do in RS.lt;br/gt;I think she was sold to Kaursvas after loosing her in some Gambling by her 5 husbands.
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                  N.S.Rajan
                  Oct 4, 2016 at 2:34 pm
                  She is certainly a great improvement on another 'Star', Rekha, nominated by Congress, as far as the Rajya Sabha is concerned.
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                    N.S.Rajan
                    Oct 5, 2016 at 12:58 am
                    You have NOT understood my comment at all. I was certainly not 'arguing' in support of the BJP vis a vis Congress. I was only pointing out that when a 'star' is nominated to the 'Upper House' merely for being a star, Rupa is a far better choice because, besides having been a star etc, she has already been in public life as well as politics, and is articulate, with knowledge of current affairs and issues of public interest. Whereas Rekha; well, her record in the Rajya Sabha is itself eloquent evidence. Phew! Was all that really necessary?
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                      pradeep
                      Oct 4, 2016 at 3:44 pm
                      What will be her or for that matter other worths in RS?Nothing.we poor tax payers have to bear full burden of their luxurious living.
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                        xyz
                        Oct 4, 2016 at 1:43 pm
                        I prefer Sunny Leone. After all she too represents our rich and proud culture of Khajuraho.
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                          Thomas George
                          Oct 4, 2016 at 4:10 pm
                          The argument that we can do it because the Congress did it is lame. I hope you remember that the Congress was voted out with just 44 seats in the Lok Sabha.
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                            VGSS Reddy
                            Oct 4, 2016 at 4:01 pm
                            Modi liked her role of Draupadi with five men in addition to the role of Smriti Irani's role as a daughter in law. He wants us to bear their expenses as he likes them and as the majority of us like him.
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                              VGSS Reddy
                              Oct 4, 2016 at 4:05 pm
                              Next will be who ? Guess. Sita in Ramayan serial....... your guess is right...... This is India. Draupadi, Saas Bahu, Sita, Amitab.... Nothing Else. What nonesense is all this.. when qualified are rotten as unemplo... in this country.... Can't we nominate a poor qualified intellectual ? Do we need Darupadi's and Sitas and Bahus...
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