Vasundhara Raje Scindia was born on March 8, 1953 in Bombay. She became Chief Minister of the State of Rajasthan twice.
Sindhia was born into the royal family and former rulers of Gwalior now in the state of Madhya Pradesh. His father was Jivajirao Scindia. His mother Vijayaraje Scindia, who was a top ruler in both the Bharatiya Jana Sangh. Raje was inspired by her mother to enter politics. His older brother, Madhavrao Scindia, was also a politician.
Raje earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from Sophia College for Women affiliated with the University of Mumbai.
She married Maharaj Rana Hemant Singh, of the Dholpur Royal Family, on November 17, 1972, but they separated a year later. His son, Dushyant Singh, was also elected Member of Parliament from Lok Sabha of Jhalawar. His siblings are Yashodhara Raje Scindia, a former Minister of Industry of Madhya Pradesh.
Vasundhara Raje entered politics in 1984. She became a member of the national executive of the Bharatiya Janata Party. She was also elected as a member of the 8th Assembly of Rajasthan from Dholpur. She was also appointed Vice President of the Yuva Morcha in Rajasthan.
She was previously a minister in the Union Cabinet of Atal Bihari Vajpayee and served as India’s first Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises. She is currently one of the National Vice Presidents of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
She has become a member of the Rajasthan legislature 5 times since 1985 till present in different constituencies like Jhalrapatan and Dholpur. Currently also since 2018, she is a member of the 15th Legislative Assembly of Rajasthan from Jhalrapatan.
She was elected as an MP five times and became an MP for Lok Sabha.
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Published on: Monday 07 March 2022, 17:41 IST