Women MPs in 15th Lok Sabha: Rama Devi

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Name: Rama Devi

Constituency: Sheohar (Bihar)

Party: Bharatiya Janata Party

Terms in parliament: 12,15th parliament

Age: 60

Contact Information: Mohall-Miscout, PO-Motihari, PS-Motihari Nagar,Dist-East Chamapran (Bihari),Motihari

 Wife of widow of slain former minister Brij Bihari Prasad, this mother of five quit primary membership of the RJD criticizing the Chief, Lalu Yadav. She’d earlier won in 1998, primarily due to the support of trading Vaish community, to which she belongs.She raised her voice in support of those who did not get old-age pension and encouraged womenfolk for getting sanctioned money for pregnant women from Government of India. She’s also actively involved in upliftment of the poor women and encouraging them to participate in politics.

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Women MPs in 15th Lok Sabha: Dr. Jyoti Mirdha

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Name: Jyoti Mirdha

Constituency: Nagaur (Rajasthan)

Party: Indian National Congress

Terms in parliament: First term

Age: 36

Contact Information: Sirsi, Mirdha Farm, Bagda Mama ki Dhani, Jaipur.

Another one of the INC’s young faces, Jyoti political roots lies in the fact that she is grand daughter of Nathuram Mirdha, a Congress veteran, and a legend in this farming community. A medical doctor by profession, she has kindled the peoples affection for her late grandfather, and scored a political victory.Internet being her favorite mode of communication, Dr.Mirdha wants to focus on the water scarcity in her state.  Working on rural health, welfare of the girl child is on top of her agenda.

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Women MPs in 15th Lok Sabha: Meena Singh

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Name: Meena Singh

Constituency: Arrah (Bihar)

Party: Janata Dal (United)

Terms in parliament: 14-15th parliament

Age: 44

Contact Information: 83, North Avenue, New Delhi – 110 001,

                                      Tels. (011) 9313674800 (M)

 Widow of former MP Ajit Singh, Meena Singh was thrust into politics in 2007, after the JD (U) fielded her candidature, not wanting to antagonize the Rajputs and followers of Ajit Singh. She enjoys the support of the extremely backward classes.Meena Singh is daughter-in-law of Tapeshwar Singh, who is regarded as the head of  co-operatives mafia. Allegations that the money spent by her at these elections is the money taken from the peasants in the form of taxes of cooperatives have not deterred her success in her constituency of Arrah.

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Women MPs in 15th Lok Sabha: Meira Kumar

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Name: Meira Kumar

Constituency: Dhaurahra (Bihar)

Party: Indian National Congress

Terms in parliament: 8, 11-12th, 14-15th parliament

Age: 64

 Contact Information: D-1029, New Friends Colony, New Delhi-110 065, (011)26910618, 26910639 .Fax – 91-11- 26910618

 Daughter of prominent Dalit leader, Babu Jagjivan Ram and freedom fighter, Indrani Devi, Meira Kumar first entered politics in 1985, where she was elected from Bijnor, trouncing veteran leaders. This five time MP has become the first Woman Speaker of the Lok Sabha.The INC’s Dalit face, she has actively participated in movements related to social reforms, human rights and democracy. She launched a Family Adoption Scheme under which drought-affected families were adopted by affluent families. Committed to human rights and abolition of caste system, Ms. Kumar has visited every place where atrocities were committed against Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes during the last 20 years and held meetings/ demonstrations, courted arrest and filed Public Interest Litigation cases in Supreme Court to ensure justice to them.

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Women MPs in 15th Lok Sabha: Aswamedh Devi

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Name: Aswamedh Devi

Constituency: Ujiarpur (Bihar)

Party: Janata Dal (United)

Terms in parliament: First term

Age: 40 

Contact Information: Vikash Nagar, PO-Mathurapur,Thana-Warisnagar,Samastipur

 Aswamedh Devi was declared the winner of the Ujiapur constituency of Bihar. One of the only 9 women who decided to contest the second phase of elections in Bihar, she beat out 21 other candidates by a considerable margin, including Alok Kumar Mehta of the  (RJD) and Ramdeo Verma  of the CPI (M)., a notable achievement for a first timer.

Women MPs in 15th Lok Sabha: Ranee Narah

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Name: Ranee Narah

Constituency: Lakhimpur (Assam)

Party: Indian National Congress

Terms in parliament: 12-13th, 15th Parliament

Age: 45

Contact Information: Vill. Boginadi, P.O. Boginadi, P.O. Boginadi, Dist. Lakhimpur (Assam)

Wife of the powerful minister of State Government, Bharat Narah, Ranee Narah is a familiar face in Assam, having been elected before in 1998 and 1999. With the support of The Assam Chah Mazdoor Sangha (ACMS), the INTUC affiliated largest trade union of the tea garden labourers in the Brahmaputra Valley, Ms. Ranee’s victory was guaranteed.Ranee Harah’s candidature was delayed, due to certain conflicts within the party. Involved in social and welfare activities since student days, she has organized several State and National level programmes for mobilization of youth. Her special interests include welfare of women, and social work.

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Women MPs in 15th Lok Sabha: Bijoya Chakrabarty

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Name: Bijoya Chakrabarty

Constituency: Guhawati (Assam)

Party: Bharatiya Janata Party

Terms in parliament: 13,15th parliament

Age: 70

Contact Information: AB-14, Pandara Road,
                                        New Delhi-110 003
                                        Tel. (011) 3384650

 An immensely popular politician from Assam, Ms. Bijoya had won from the same constituency in the 13th Lok Sabha elections. She was denied a ticket for the 2004 elections, but has emerged as the winner in the recent elections.An educationist by profession, improving the infrastructure, such as improving the drainage, and water supply is a priority for this former Union Minister of State for Water resources. Intending to focus on the needs and welfare of the women and children in her constituency, she is associated with Children welfare activities specifically in the field of education and health. She has also emphasized the need for a holistic water vision with weightage to gender issues.

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Women MPs in 15th Lok Sabha: Preneet Kaur

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Name: Preneet Kaur

Constituency: Patiala (Punjab)

Party: Indian National Congress

Terms in Parliament: 13-15th Parliament

Age: 64

Contact Information: 85, Lodhi Estate New Delhi – 110 003, Tels. (011) 24616584, 24616583

 Preneet Kaur is actively involved in social work in the Red Cross, for which she was awarded the certificate of Merit from the President of India for outstanding performance. Chairperson of the Harijan Sevak Samaj, she has done a lot of work for the backward classes and less privileged. Fondly known as Maharani Sahiba, she is a well known figure in Patiala. A successful politician, Preneet Kaur is a 2 time MP from Patiala, a seat formerly held by her mother in law Maharani Mohinder Kaur. Friendly, simple, and very accessible, these qualities have helped foster her image as a people friendly person. Wife of former chief minister Amarinder Singh, she is no novice to politics, and this has played a key role in her success.

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Women MPs in 15th Lok Sabha: Harsimrat Kaur Badal

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Name: Harsimrat Kaur Badal

Constituency: Bathinda (Punjab)

Party: Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD)

Terms in parliament: First term

Age: 42

Contact Information: VPO Badal, Tehsil Malout, District

 Harsimrat Kaur Badal is the wife of Punjab deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal and the sister of former minister Bikram Singh Majithia. She is also the founder patron of `Nanhi Chhaan’ an initiative that works against female foeticide, as well as protection of the environment. Saying it is a sin to indulge in feticide as the Sikh Gurus were strictly against such actions, Ms.Kaur wants proper initiatives to be taken towards this eradicating this evil. Asserting that dowry is the root cause of female foeticide, she appeals that society should get rid of this evil. A strong advocate of increasing social awareness and instilling a sense of environmental resonsibility, Ms.Kaur feels that declining tree cover is also a cause of great environmental concern as it would make development ecologically unsustainable.

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Women MPs in 15th Lok Sabha: Santosh Chowdhary

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Name: Santosh Chowdhary

Constituency: Hoshiarpur (Punjab)

Party: Indian National Congress

Terms in parliament:

Age: 66

 Contact Information: Street No 11, New Dashmesh Nagar, Hoshiarpur, Punjab

Youngest and only member of the Punjab Public Service Commission, Santosh Chowdhary is also Chairperson, National Commission for Safai Karamcharis (scavengers), Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. Ms. Chowdhary also campaigns on behalf of these scavengers, insisting that the Minimum Wages Act must be implemented. Feeling that the SAD-BJP government had failed on all fronts, she had predicted a landslide victory for the INC.  “In the last two years, scores of Congressmen have been implicated in false cases. People have been denied pension and Shagun money. NREGA funds have been misappropriated. There is an endless list of government misdoings that is going to be a part of our election campaign,” Ms.Chowdhary said, in a recent interview.

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7/6/09