Sumitra Mahajan

Sumitra Mahajan
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16th Speaker of the Lok Sabha
In office
5 June 2014 – 17 June 2019
DeputyM. Thambidurai
Preceded byMeira Kumar
Succeeded byOm Birla
Minister of State, Human Resources Development, Government of India
In office
October 1999 – June 2002
Minister of State, Communication and Information Technology, Government of India
In office
June 2002 – May 2003
Minister of State, Petroleum and Natural Gas, Government of India
In office
May 2003 – May 2004
General Secretary, Bhartiya Janta Party
In office
1998–1999
Secretary, Bhartiya Janta Party
In office
1996–1998
Secretary, BJP, Parliamentary Board and Chairman, Parliamentary Board, Madhya Pradesh
In office
1995–1996
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
In office
1989–2019
Preceded byPrakash Chandra Sethi
Succeeded byShankar Lalwani
ConstituencyIndore
Vice-President, BJP, Madhya Pradesh
In office
1992–1994
Deputy Mayor, Municipal Corporation, Indore
In office
1984–1985
Personal details
Born
Sumitra Sathe

(1943-04-12) 12 April 1943 (age 76)
Chiplun, Bombay Presidency, British India (present-day Maharashtra, India)
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
Other political
affiliations
National Democratic Alliance
Spouse(s)Jayant Mahajan
Children2 sons
Alma materIndore University

Sumitra Mahajan (née Sathe; born 12 April 1943)[1] is an Indian politician who was the Speaker of the 16th Lok Sabha.[2] She belongs to Bharatiya Janata Party. In 2014, she got elected to the Lok Sabha for the eighth time, one of three members of the Lok Sabha to do so,[3] and is currently the longest-serving woman member.[4] She represented the Indore constituency of Madhya Pradesh from 1989 to 2019.

She served for a time as a Union Minister. She was minister from 2002 to 2004, holding the portfolios for Human Resources, Communications and Petroleum.[5] She is the eldest and seniormost among woman Members of Parliament in the 16th Lok Sabha. She is the second woman after Meira Kumar to be elected as the Speaker of the Lok Sabha. An active parliamentarian, she not only headed important committees, but has also been a keen debater and avid questioner in the house.

Early life and education

Sumitra Mahajan was born in a Chitpavan Brahmin family to Usha and Purushotam Sathe in Chiplun, Maharashtra. She received her MA and LLB from Indore University (now Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya) after marrying Jayant Mahajan of Indore. Sumitra Mahajan's hobbies include reading, music, drama and cinema as well as an enthusiasm for singh. She has acknowledged the 18th century social reformer Ahilyabai Holkar as the inspirational figure throughout her life.

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