Women MPs in 15th Lok Sabha: Supriya Sule

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Name: Supriya Sule

Constituency: Baramati (Maharashtra)

Party: Nationalist Congress Party

Terms in parliament: First term

Age: 40

 Contact Information: C/o, Shri Sharad Pawar, 6, Janpath Road, New Delhi 110011
Telephone: 23018870, 23018619, 23792695

 Supriya Sule is the daughter of Sharad Pawar, the President of the Nationalist Congress Party. This first time contestant campaigned from Baramati, a constituency where her father had reined supreme, winning no less than five times since 1984. Clearly, the pressure was on for her to score a hit. And the recent elections were nothing more than a cake walk for her.Despite her background, Supriya has stepped out from behind her father’s shadow; she argues politics is essentially about social & developmental issues. Coming across as new generation political leader, she points out that education; potable water & basic health care are need of the hour. She runs schools for tribals, works for disabled & wants her school children to compete with the best.  

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Women MPs in 15th Lok Sabha: Girija Vyas

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Name: Girija Vyas

Constituency: Chittorgarh (Rajasthan)

Party: Indian National Congress

Terms in parliament: 10-11, 13, 15th parliament

Age: 62

Contact Information: AB-96, Shahjahan Road, New Delhi-110 001
                                       Tels. (011) 3782212, 3381965

 Girija Vyas was the Chairperson of the National Commission for Women.  During her earlier tenure, she was instrumental in introducing an innovative project entitled ‘Chalo Gaon ki Ore’ aimed at comprehensive empowerment of women in the villages.  Under her guidance, the Commission had taken several measures to make its functioning much more effective and contributed to relieving the suffering of women by reviewing criminal laws for women and suggesting amendments to make them more effective, and the Commission had proposed schemes for financial compensation to and rehabilitation of victims of crimes like rape and acid attack.She has said creating awareness among women, particularly the rural women, about their rights is her priority. She has stressed the need for rural women to get involved in the rural employment scheme to become financially independent.

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Women MPs in 15th Lok Sabha: Chandresh Kumari

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Name: Chandresh Kumari

Constituency: Jodhpur (Rajastan)

Party: Indian National Congress

Terms in parliament: 8, 15th parliament

Age: 64

 Contact Information: Cloud and Villa,W.No. 4, Dharamshala (HP)

A daughter of Jodhpur, Chandresh Kumari belongs to the royal family, and returned to her hometown after nearly three decades. No novice in politics, she made her electoral debut from the Bamson assembly seat in Hamirpur in 1972. Thereafter, she shifted to her home district Kangra and won from Thural in 1982 and remained minister of tourism for some time.She has been able to win the favour of not only the entire Rajput community, but of other communities including Jats who have nearly 1 lakh strength in Jodhpur. Another factor, which goes in her favor, is her long association with the party and the considerable clouts her husband had with Rajiv Gandhi.

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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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