Social activist Sambhaji Raje Chhatrapati, a descendant of Maratha King Chhatrapati Shivaji, was today nominated to Rajya Sabha.
Sambhaji Raje is from the direct lineage of Chhatrapati Shivaji and Rajarshi Shahu Chhatrapati Maharaj of Kolhapur who had funded the movement led by Dalit icon B R Ambedkar for justice to the depressed classes for some time, sources said.
He is involved in ensuring harmony among various social groups in Maharashtra and in efforts for restoration of forts in the state, they said.
The nomination of Sambhaji Raje comes after Pranav Pandya, head of All World Gayatri Pariwar, declined the honour last month, saying atmosphere in the Upper House was not conducive for him.
“I don’t think the atmosphere in Rajya Sabha is conducive for me. It will never be,” he had said, giving reasons for declining the nomination.