Dr Pranav Pandya, head of the All World Gayatri Pariwar, on Friday declined his nomination to the Rajya Sabha after watching the proceedings of the House on Thursday.
“After being nominated, I watched proceedings in the Upper House the whole day on Thursday but I found that one is not even allowed to properly speak there. The atmosphere is not good there. What will I do after becoming member of the Rajya Sabha? I have informed the ministry of home affairs and BJP president Amit Shah about my decision,” Dr Pandya told HT.
He said that he will not reconsider the decision. “I spoke to Amit Shah three-four times today but I will not change my decision. Rather, I will devote my time outside the Rajya Sabha, where I can impact on the lives of millions of people for their betterment,” said Dr Pandya.
A home ministry spokesman didn’t offer any comments.
Dr Pandya, an MD in medicine, was nominated to the Rajya Sabha on May 4 by President Pranab Mukherjee following a recommendation by the government. He was the seventh person to be nominated by the Modi government. After the nomination, he had tweeted: “Thanks to all who sent their congratulations for my nomination to rajyasabha. I will try to inculcate yugnirman sutras among our MPs.”
Before him, the government on April 22 had nominated Subramanian Swamy, Narendra Jadhav, Navjot Singh Sidhu, Suresh Gopi, Swapan Dasgupta and Mary Kom as the new RS members.