New Delhi, July 14: President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday nominated four members to the upper house of Parliament.
Four people nominated to Rajya Sabha are- Farmer Leader Ram Shakal, Author and Columnist Rakesh Sinha, Sculptor Raghunath Mohapatra and Classical Dancer Sonal Mansingh.
Ram Shakal, a farmer leader from Uttar Pradesh and dalit activist, is known for championing the cause of farmers, labourers, migrants and Dalits. He has also been a three-time MP from Robertsganj.
Rakesh Sinha is the RSS ideologue and founder and honorary director of the Delhi-based think-tank India Policy Foundation.
Besides this Sinha is a Professor of Delhi University’s Motilal Nehru College. He is also a member of the Indian Council of Social Science Research.
Raghunath Mohapatra an internationally renowned stone artist and has worked on the beautification of the Jagannath Temple located in Puri. A 6-feet high statue of the Sun God carved in grey sandstone in the Central Hall of Parliament and a Wooden Buddha in Paris are among his popular sculptures.
While, Sonal Mansingh is an eminent Indian classical dancer who specializes in Bharatanatyam and Odissi.
Apart from being a dancer, Mansingh is a noted choreographer, teacher, orator and a social activist.
According to Article 80(3) of the constitution, the President of India is authorised to nominate a maximum of 12 members to the Rajya Sabha- the upper house of Parliament, who have special knowledge or practical experience in the fields of Literature, Science, Art and Public welfare.
A member nominated to the Rajya Sabha by President is allowed to join any political party if he/she does so within the first six months of taking seat in the House.