In a bid to fill a seat vacated by Navjot Singh Sidhu, BJP has nominated actor turned BJP leader Roopa Ganguly to the Rajya Sabha.
The 49-year old ‘Mahabharata’ fame Roopa Ganguly joined the party in 2015 and unsuccessfully contested the West Bengal Assembly elections this year. She was defeated by her rival from the TMC party Laxmi Ratan Shukla.
Roopa, known for her lead role of Draupadi in the popular television series ‘Mahabharata’, is currently acting as the chief of the BJP’s Mahila Morcha unit.
Expressing her gratitude to the party leadership for nominating her to the Rajya Sabha, Roopa said “I want to work for the development of my country and will perform all my responsibilities with utmost sincerity.”
Apart from her appearance in the television series, Roopa has also acted in a few Hindi and Bengali movies in the 90s. In addition, she also won the National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer in 2012 for Bengali film Abosheshey, media reports revealed.
In April, BJP had nominated Subramanian Swamy, Narendra Jadhav, Navjot Singh Sidhu, Suresh Gopi, Swapan Dasgupta and Mary Kom as the new Rajya Sabha members.
Former Indian cricketer, Sidhu one of party’s star campaigner in the state, had resigned from his post in July, about three months after his nomination, and had formed a new party named as Aawaaz-e-Punjab.
Sidhu’s resignation is considered a major setback for the saffron party in Punjab by political analysts. It could change the tables in the state, leading to a three-cornered competition between the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), the Congress and the AAP in the upcoming Assembly elections.
Following Sidhu’s resignation from Rajya Sabha, there were speculations that he may join Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). However, the cricketer-turned-politician later launched his own front after AAP declined to make Sidhu the party’s face in Punjab.