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: 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

Women MPs in 15th Lok Sabha: Krishna Tirath

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Name: Krishna Tirath

Constituency: Karol Bagh (Delhi)

Party: Indian National Congress

Terms in parliament: 14-15th parliament

Age: 54

 Contact Information: 9, Harishchandra Mathur Lane New Delhi – 110 001, Tels. (011) 25757878, 25752179, 9868180641 (M)

 Krishna Tirath began her political career as an MLA from Delhi, and was a part of Delhi’s legislative Assembly for four terms. Chairperson of Committee on Empowerment of Women, and a Member of Committee on Social Justice and Empowerment, she is also Minister of State ( Independent Charge ) for Women & Child Development. Detailing her approach and priorities, she said that her first initiative would be introduction of a scheme for empowerment of adolescent girls. This will be followed by setting up of National Mission for Empowerment of Women, revising Integrated Child Development Services Scheme. Her top priority will be to evolve National Policy for: i) Women, and ii) Child Development.

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Women MPs in 15th Lok Sabha: Shruthi Choudhry

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Name: Shruti Choudhry

Constituency: Bhiwani-Mahendragarh (Haryana)

Party: Indian National Congress

Terms in parliament: First Term

Age: 33

Contact Information: Ward No.25, Vijay Nagar, Bhiwani, Haryana-127 021

Daughter of Haryana minister Kiran Choudhry and granddaughter of Bansi Lal, Shruthi Choudhry is a first-timer in the electoral fray and was given the Congress ticket virtually at the eleventh hour.A lawyer by education, this feisty greenhorn was chosen by congress party to contest Lok Sabha election from Bhiwani-Mahendragrh in 2009 and defeated her nearest rival Ajay Singh Chautala of INLD by a margin of 55097. Her primary agenda is to bring basic amenities to villages. She also feels very strongly about the environment, as it is so closely linked with mankind’s existence.

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Women MPs in 15th Lok Sabha: Kumari Selja

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Name: Kumari Selja

Constituency: Ambala (Haryana)

Party: Indian National Congress (INC)

Terms in parliament: 10-11th, 14-15th parliament

Age: 48

 Contact Information: 3, Sunheri Bagh Road, New Delhi, Tels. (011) 23018074, 23018269 (R), 23015928, 23061928, 23091242, 23063889 (O)
Fax: (011) 23061780 (O)

 Born to the late Dalit leader Chaudhary Dalbir Singh, Ms. Selja began her political career in the Mahila Congress, eventually becoming its President. Like her father, she is a prominent Dalit leader within the Congress. She has served as a minister of state (independent charge) of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation in the first UPA government. She was also part of the Narasimha Rao-led Congress government, where she served as the Minister of State for Education and Culture.She has often fought for the rights of the underprivileged, and has called for the upliftment of Scheduled Castes and other disadvantaged groups. In 2005, she championed the cause of the weavers, protesting against the ban of Shahtoosh trade (shawls made from the hair of the Chiru or Tibentan antelope)

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Women MPs in 15th Lok Sabha: Mausam Noor

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Name: Mausam Noor

Constituency: Maldaha Uttar (West Bengal)

Party: Indian National Congress (INC)

Terms in parliament: First term

Age: 27

 This newly-elected MP had completed about a year in Delhi’s Fox & Mandal law firm when she returned to Malda last year. Daughter of Rubi Noor, Surajpur’s MLA for 20 years, it was only inevitable that Ms. Noor step into her mothers shoes. This young woman, the niece of Congress veteran AB Ghani Khan Chaudhry, was chosen over her two uncles as the congress candidate.Young, articulate and dynamic, Mausam Noor is the new face of the Congress, bringing the youth into the political fray.

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Women MPs in 15th Lok Sabha: Deepa Dasmunsi

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Name: Deepa Dasmunsi

Constituency: Raiganj (West Bengal)

Party: Indian National Congress (INC)

Terms in parliament: First term

Age: 48

     Wife of Union Minister Priyaranjan Dasmunshi, Deepa Dasmunsi has stepped into her ailing husband’s shoes, and her campaign was dotted with her husband’s pictures, and the work he’d done for Raiganj, especially a train to Calcutta and the promise of an AIIMS-type medical institution. Her success largely depended on her husband, a Congress heavyweight.

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Women MPs in 15th Lok Sabha: Rahesh Nandini Singh

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Name: Rahesh Nandini Singh

Constituency: Shahdol (Madhya Pradesh)

Party: Indian National Congress (INC)

Terms in parliament: First term

 Age: 52

 Contact Information: Village Kirgee (Rajendragram), P.O. Rajendragram,Distt. Anuppur (M.P.)

 Wife of eminent Congress leader and former minister, the late Dalveer Singh, Rajesh Nandini Singh defeated her nearest BJP rival Narendra Maravi by a margin of over 1400 votes from Shahdol Parliamentary constituency.

Women MPs in 15th Lok Sabha: Meenakshi Natrajan

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Name: Meenakshi Natrajan

Constituency: Mandsour (Madhya Pradesh)

Party: Indian National Congress (INC)

Terms in parliament: First term

Age: 36

 Contact Information: 23 MIG, Indira Nagar, Ratlam, Madhya Pradesh
(07412-260239)

 This is Meenakshi Natrajan’s first Lok Sabha polls where she trounced BJP strongman and five-time MP Laxmi Narayan Pandey by over 30,000 votes. Despite being from Tamil Nadu, she has managed to score a hit in the recent polls. Till then, she’d been working for the National Students Union of India – the students’ wing of Congress.Looking nothing like a stereotypical politician, this bio chem post graduate was the National President of the NSUI, and the Madhya Pradesh Youth C Congress. On top of her agenda is dealing with the water scarcity.

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Women MPs in 15th Lok Sabha: Lakshmi Panabaka

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Name: Lakshmi Panabaka

Constituency: Bapatla (Andhra Pradesh)

Party: Indian National Congress

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

Age: 50

 Contact information: 22, Mother Teressa Crescent, New Delhi-110 011, Tels. (011) 23019972, 23010807 (R), 23014016,23016551 (O), 9868180170    (M)Fax: (011) 23018157 (O)

During her tenure in Nellore, this mother of two became known as “Abinava Ambedhkar” as she did much work for down trodden people especially for SC&SC.  An Agriculturist by profession, some of her areas of interest are Social service, working for upliftment of the downtrodden and the poor, especially women and child development. Secretary of the South-Central Railway Women`s Welfare Organisation, Panabaka Lakshmi is also associated with state social and cultural organisations viz. (i) Snehalaya; and (ii) Nrityabharathi

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