Lyricist and poet Javed Akhtar and the former Union Minister, Mani Shankar Aiyar, were among five persons who have been nominated to the Rajya Sabha.

Ram Dayal Munda, former Vice-Chancellor of Ranchi University, who is also a tribal welfare activist and a regional music exponent; Bhalchandra Mungekar, an economist of repute and former Vice-Chancellor of Mumbai University and a former Planning Commission member; and B. Jayashree, an eminent theatre person from Karnataka, are the three other eminent persons who have been nominated to the Council of States.

The new nominations have been made to fill the vacancies caused due to the retirement of nominated members.

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