New Delhi, March 14: Philanthropist and author Sudha Murty on Thursday took oath as the Rajya Sabha member after being nominated by President Droupadi Murmu. Vice President Jagdeep Dhankar and Union Minister Piyush Goyal were also present at the event held in the Parliament.

Sudha Murty's husband and co-founder of Infosys, N. R. Narayana Murthy was also seen accompanying her at the event. After her nomination, PM Modi had taken to X to congratulate Murty and said her contributions to diverse fields including social work, philanthropy and education have been immense and inspiring. Sudha Murty Takes Oath as Member of Rajya Sabha in Presence of House Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar, Infosys Founder Narayan Murty (Watch Video).

"I am delighted that the President of India has nominated Sudha Murty to the Rajya Sabha. Sudha Ji's contributions to diverse fields including social work, philanthropy and education have been immense and inspiring. Her presence in the Rajya Sabha is a powerful testament to our 'Nari Shakti', exemplifying the strength and potential of women in shaping our nation's destiny," PM Modi posted on X.

Speaking to ANI after her nomination Sudha Murthy had said "I'm happy, at the same time I feel I have been given more responsibility. I'll work my level best. On a personal level, I am happy that I'm getting a bigger platform to work for the poor.." Sudha Murty Nominated to Rajya Sabha: PM Narendra Modi Hails Nomination of Philanthropist and Author, Says 'Sudha Ji’s Contributions to Diverse Fields Have Been Inspiring’ (See Pic).

When asked about whether this could be considered a step into the political arena, Sudha Murty was clear that she did not consider herself a politician. "I don't think that I could consider myself as a politician and I'm not a politician. I'm a nominated Rajya Sabha member. My son-in-law's (UK PM Rishi Sunak) politics is for his country and it is different, and my work is different. I'm a government worker now," she responded.

Sudha Murty Takes Oath As Rajya Sabha MP:

The well-known author has contributed to English and Kannada literature and had retired as the chairperson of the Infosys Foundation on December 31, 2021. She was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2023 for her contributions in the field of social work. In 2006, she was conferred the Padma Shri.