Government has nominated PT Usha, Ilaiyaraaja, V Vijayendra Prasad, Veerendra Heggade to Rajya Sabha

  • The government has nominated 4 eminent personalities from the southern states to the Rajya Sabha on 6th July 2022.
  • The move is being seen as the BJP’s attempt to enter South India – the party’s final frontier which it still has to conquer.

PT Usha

PT Usha popularly known as ‘Payyoli Express’ is one of the most iconic sportspersons of India. PT Usha has represented the country & won medals in various international sporting events including the World Junior Invitational Meet, Asia Championships and Asian Games. PT Usha recipient of Arjuna Award and Padma Shri.


Born into a Dalit family in a village in the Madurai district of Tamil Nadu, Ilaiyaraaja is considered one of the great musicians of India. In a career spanning over 5 decades, he has composed over 7,000 songs for over 1000 films and performed in over 20,000 concerts worldwide. In 2018, Ilaiyaraaja received the Padma Vibhushan and Ilaiyaraaja has also been awarded Padma Bhushan.

Veerendra Heggade

Virendra Hegde has worked as Dharmadhikari of Dharmasthala Temple in Karnataka since the age of 20. Veerendra Heggade has been a dedicated philanthropist for more than 5 decades. He has led various transformational initiatives to promote rural development and self-employment.

KV Vijayendra Prasad

Born in Kovvur, Andhra Pradesh, KV Vijayendra Prasad has written the story of many prominent Telugu & Hindi films. He is the father of SS Rajamouli, one of the most famous film directors of the country.

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