Filmstar and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Roopa Ganguly was nominated to the Rajya Sabha, upper House of the Indian parliament, on Tuesday, reports Times of India.
Ganguly, who had unsuccessfully contested the West Bengal Assembly elections earlier this year on BJP’s 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.
The 49-year-old actor came into limelight with the 1988 mega-mythological serial Mahabharat, where she played the role of Draupadi. She has also acted in a few Hindi and Bengali films in the 1990s and the 2000s.
Ganguly had joined the BJP in 2015.
In April, the BJP-led Indian central government had nominated Subramanian Swamy, Narendra Jadhav, Navjot Singh Sidhu, Suresh Gopi, Swapan Dasgupta and Mary Kom as the new Rajya Sabha members.
Sidhu had resigned from the Rajya Sabha in July, about three months after his nomination, and had formed a new front Aawaaz-e-Punjab.