The 49-year-old actor and leader, Roopa Ganguly, who had unsuccessfully contested the West Bengal Assembly elections on BJP ticket, was recently 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. Sidhu had resigned from the Rajya Sabha in July, about three months after his nomination, and had formed a new front Aawaaz-e-Punjab. 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 on her nomination.
Earlier, with Sidhu the BJP 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, 2016.
Ms. Ganguly, had joined the BJP in 2015, had lost the West Bengal Assembly elections, earlier this year, to TMC candidate Laxmi Ratan Shukla. The actor came into limelight with the 1988 mythological serial Mahabharat, in which she played the role of ‘Draupadi’. 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.