Here Are Some Unknown Facts About These 11 MPs In Lok Sabha
The 16th Lok Sabha is full of representatives who come from a variety of fields including cricketers, actors, social workers and doctors.
While only 66 out of the 543 MPs are women, 93 do not hold an educational degree whereas some others are highly educated and experienced.
Some more startling facts from the lives of these 11 MPs:
1. Jayant Sinha – Hazaribagh, Jharkhand
Jayant Sinha, currently the Minister of State for Finance, has over 25 years of experience as an investor and strategy consultant.
He is an alumni of IIT Delhi (B.Tech.), University of Pennsylvania (M.S.) and Harvard Business School (M.B.A.) and has lived in the USA for about 20 years.
2. Rahul Gandhi – Amethi, UP
Rahul once listed his profession as ‘farmer’ in the biography section of the Lok Sabha website in 2004. He later changed that to ‘Strategy Consultant’.
He studied with a pseudonym of ‘Raul Vinci’ in USA due to security reasons after the assassination of his father.
3. Sonia Gandhi – Rae Bareli, UP
Born as Edvige Antonia Albina Mainom, Sonia used to work at a Greek restaurant in Cambridge, where she met Rajiv Gandhi in 1965.
As mentioned on the Lok Sabha website, she does not have a graduate degree.
4. Purno Agitok Sangma – Tura, Meghalaya
Purno Agitok Sangma, ex-CM of Meghalaya, is serving his 9th term in Lok Sabha (first term in 1977), the most by an MP in the 16th Lok Sabha.
5. Uma Bharti – Jhansi, UP
Uma Bharti comes from a middle-class family and has only attended school till 6th standard.
She was raised by Vijaya Raje Scindia of Gwalior, who influenced her to join BJP. She later became the first woman CM of MP in 2004, defeating rival Digvijay Singh by a huge margin.
Uma was indicted by the Liberhan commission for her role in the demolition of Babri Masjid in 1992.
6. Shashi Tharoor – Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
Born in London, England, Shashi Tharoor completed his education from Tufts University, Boston, USA.
He has worked for the UN for 29 years reaching the rank of an Under Secretary General.
He is an award-winning writer and has 15 best selling works to his name.
7. Sushma Swaraj – Vidisha, MP
Sushma Swaraj is a woman of many firsts – became the youngest (aged 25) cabinet Minister in Haryana in 1977, became the first woman CM of Delhi in 1998 and is now the ‘first woman foreign minister’ of India.
She is a strong believer in astrology, to the extent that she color codes her sarees and her diet according to the planetary and star alignment.
8. Maneka Gandhi – Pilibhit, UP
At the age of 33, Maneka became India’s youngest minister in 1989 (Janata Dal).
She has won many beauty pageants during her days at Lady Shri Ram College.
9. L.K. Advani – Gandhinagar, Gujarat
At the age of 87, LK Advani is the oldest MP in the Parliament.
He was once stopped and arrested by Lalu Prasad Yadav in 1990, during his ‘Rath Yatra’ from Somnath to Ayodhya.
10. Dushyant Chautala – Hisar, Haryana
At the age of 26, Dushyant was the youngest MP when elected, making the difference between the youngest and the oldest MP equal to 60 years.
As a president of the Indian National Student Organisation (INSO), he holds a Guinness world record for having ‘most people to sign up as organ donors in 8 hours’ (10450)
11. Sandhya Roy – Medinipur, WB
Sandhya Roy is one of the most famous actresses of Bengali cinema.
She has received many awards including “Banga Bibhushan” – the highest civilian honor in West Bengal for her contribution to Bengali Cinema.
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