Women MPs in 15th Lok Sabha: Jat Poonamben Veljibhai

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Name: Jat Poonamben Veljibhai

Constituency: Kachch (Gujarat)

Party: Bharatiya Janata Party

Terms in parliament: First term

Age: 37

Contact Information: Plot No -6, Jay Zulelal Society, Bharat Nagar, Gandhidham District, Kachch

Jat Poonamben Veljibhai is the winner from Kachch District. Despite this being her first elections, she beat out 16 other candidates, including three other women, and Danicha Valjibhai Punamchandra of the Indian National Congress.

Women MPs in 15th Lok Sabha: Shrimati Darshana Vikram Jardosh

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Name: Shrimati Darshana Vikram Jardosh

Constituency: Surat (Gujarat)

Party: Bharatiya Janata Party

Terms in parliament: First term

Age: 58

Contact Information: 10/430 Third Floor, 431, Tasvir Appartment, Panini Bhit Bhagatalao Soni Faliya, Surat.

Darshana Vikram Jardosh contested these Lok Sabha elections as the BJP candidate from Surat constituency of Gujarat. She is Gujarat BJP Mahila Morcha’s General Secretary for past three years. She upstaged Kashiram Rana, former Union Textiles Minister, former Rural Development Minister, and six-time consecutive winning BJP candidate from Surat seat.

Women MPs in 15th Lok Sabha: Patel Jayshreeben Kanubhai

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Name: Patel Jayshreeben Kanubhai

Constituency: Mahesana (Gujarat)

Party: Bharatiya Janata Party

Terms in parliament: First term

Age: 50

Contact Information: A-14, Green Park, Ahmedabad Highway Road, Palanpur – 1, Dist. Banaskantha, Phone: 02742-256822 (R), M: 94265 15751, 99784 06098

First time contender in the race to the Lower House, Patel Jayshreeben Kanubhai is a Bharatiya Janata Party loyalist, winning from the Mahesana constituency in Gujarat. She is a former Gujarat State Commission for Women chairperson, and state head of the BJP Mahila Morcha.

Women MPs in 15th Lok Sabha: J Shanta

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Name: J. Shanta

Constituency: Bellary (Karnataka)

Party: Bharatiya Janata Party

Terms in parliament: First term

Age: 35

Contact Information: 2nd Cross, Devinagar, Club Road, Bellary

The lone woman MP from Karnataka, tasted electoral victory in the 15th Lok Sabha elections, deafeating prominent politicians, including Margaret Alva from the Congress, Tejaswini Gowda of Congress, and  Radha Sundaresh of the Communist Party of India (CPI). Altogether 29 women candidates contested for the 28 Lok Sabha seats in Karnataka. Shantha, a homemaker-turned-politician, has indicated that long pending railway projects in the region are to be her priority.

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Women MPs in 15th Lok Sabha: Helen Davidson

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Name: Helen Davidson

Constituency: Kanyakumari (Tamil Nadu)

Party: Dravida Munettra Kazhakam (DMK)

Terms in parliament: First term

Age: 37

Contact Information: Lawrence Illam 18/327 David Compound, Rajamangalam Road, Rmanputhor Nagercoil-2 Kanniyakumarinagercoil.

 A first time contestant, Helen Davidson is the only woman MP from Tamil Nadu. A political green horn, her success probably largely had to do with the fact that Catholic churches in Kanyakumari have openly declared Helen Davidson, who is also a Catholic, as their favoured candidate. This 37 year old mother of two beat Sivagami of the Bahujan Samaj Party, a former IAS officer with a proven track record.

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Women MPs in 15th Lok Sabha: Bhavana Gawali

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Name: Bhavana Gawali (Patil)

Constituency: Yavatmal –Washim (Maharashtra)

Party: Shiv Sena

Terms in parliament: 13-15th parliament

Age: 36

Contact Information: Civil Line Risod, Tq. Risod, District – Washim

 Bhavana Pundlikrao Gawali represented the Washim constituency of Maharashtrais in the 14th Lok Sabha of India. A member of the Shiv Sena (SS), she was pitted against ‘Haribhau’ Rathod, the Congress’ colourful candidate. The caste configuration favours Mr. Rathod, but Ms. Gawali, of OBC background, is no pushover.Being aware of the problems of tribals from both Yavatmal and Washim districts, efforts were always taken to solve them, the young leader said. Let it be the problem of deluge in Ralegaon or drinking water scarcity, she has always taken efforts to solve it.

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Women MPs in 15th Lok Sabha: Priya Dutt

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Name: Priya Dutt

Constituency: Mumbai North Central (Maharashtra)

Party: Indian National Congress

Terms in parliament: 14-15th parliament

Age: 42

Contact Information: Sunrise, 24th Road, Off. Link Road,Near National College, Bandra (W), Mumbai – 400 050,Tel :- 26004583, Fax : – 26005823

Priya Dutt is the daughter of the late Bollywood actor and politician Sunil Dutt, and actress and politician Nargis, and sister of Sanjay Dutt. This will be her second term in the lower House, and she has set clear goals for her term.Some of the areas in which she intends to focus are women’s welfare, youth affairs, infrastructure management, peace and communal harmony. A strong supporter of the Women’s Reservation Bill, Ms. Dutt is also an active social worker, having helped with AIDS awareness programs, and is also a Trustee of The Spastic Society of India.

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