The Maharashtra unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has handpicked Shaina NC for the Rajya Sabha with a view to giving representation to women and youth. Apart from Shaina, the party has also decided to get Prakash Javadekar re-elected to the upper house. The biennial elections to the Rajya Sabha will be held on February 7 to fill seven vacancies in the state.
The state BJP has selected Shaina, a fashion-designer by profession, because it wants a young and articulate woman to be sent to the upper house. Shaina has been working for the party for the past several years. Over the years, she has interacted with several leaders at the state and national levels and has championed several public causes. Apart from grass-roots level contacts, she is also well-networked with India Inc.
She has represented the party often on television debates. She is the daughter of the popular former sheriff of Mumbai Nana Chudasama, who is also the founder of the Giants International organisation which has been rendering yeoman’s service through its branches in India and abroad. Shaina is closely associated with Giants and has been organising the prestigious annual Giants international awards to recognise persons for their outstanding contribution to different fields, including social work, education, public administration, media et al.
There is widespread expectation within the party and outside that Shaina would take up, among other things, issues concerning Mumbai in the Parliament. She is a treasurer of the party and recently raised a purse of a whopping Rs25 crore which was given to the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate and Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi during his recent ‘Maha Garjana’ rally at the Bandra-Kurla Complex grounds.
Javadekar is the national spokesperson of the BJP and has risen up from the ranks. Originally from Pune, he is known to propound and defend the party’s stand in various fora, including television channels, with aplomb. Articulate and non-controversial by nature, he is known to have the strong support of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).
The state BJP has selected Shaina NC because it wants a young and articulate woman in the upper house. She has been working for the party for the past several years. She has interacted with several leaders at the state and national levels and championed several public causes. Apart from grass-roots level contacts, she is also well-networked with India Inc.