Here are the 78 women MPs who are going to be the political face of India
India saw the highest voter turnout in history of Indian Parliamentary elections in 2019, but that is not all. The 17th Lok Sabha has the highest number of women MPs elected in the 2019 polls. In comparison, the last election data shows that in 2014, 11.23 percent of women won, and in 2019 it is around 14.58 percent. Of the 8,251 contestants in 2014, 668 were women (and 62 won), whereas the 2019 elections saw 8,049 candidates, of which 724 were women.
While we hope to see 33 percent reservation in the government being fully taken advantage of, we celebrate these women who are going to be the representative for millions of women in India.
A total of 34 women MPs in Parliament will be from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which had fielded 53 women candidates. In comparison, All India Trinamool Congress (TMC) had fielded 41 percent of women candidates while Biju Janata Dal (BJD) had fielded 33 percent. Here are the women who are going to be the representatives in the Lower House.
Out of the 78 women who won, few are celebrities, such as Smriti Irani, Mimi Chakraborty, Hema Malini, Nusrat Jahan, and Kirron Kher.
Newbie Mimi Chakraborty, fielded by AITC, well-known model and actor from West Bengal, beat Anupam Hazra of BJP in Jadavpur. Making her debut alongside 30-year-old Mimi this year was 29-year-old Nusrat Jahan, a model and a prominent actor in the Bengali film industry, from Basirhat, West Bengal.
Smriti Irani who joined BJP in 2003 took on Rahul Gandhi in Amethi this year even though she lost to him in 2014. She managed to defeat the three-time parliamentarian from the Nehru-Gandhi family seat and Congress stronghold, Amethi.
Hema Malini like her feisty character Basanti from Sholay, rode to victory in Mathura on the BJP ticket. Kirron Kher, a familiar face on television, was elected to the Lok Sabha in 2014 from Chandigarh, and this was a repeat of the same.
Seasoned politician Meenakshi Lekhi of BJP won from New Delhi. She is the national spokesperson of BJP, who was retained her seat from the 2014 election. Veteran Harsimrat Kaur Badal won from Bathinda, Punjab. A part of the Shiromani Akali Dal party, the 52-year-old started her political career in 2009.
Sonia Gandhi, the former President of Indian National Congress (INC) won from Rae Bareli in Uttar Pradesh, while Maneka Gandhi who is the Union Cabinet Minister for Women & Child Development in the Narendra Modi government, won from Sultanpur in Uttar Pradesh. An animal rights activist, she has authored several books and is known for her work on maternity benefits.
Women in politics
As many as 222 women contested the polls independently. Four transgender candidates contested the elections independently. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) was the only party to field a transgender nominee, but all transgender candidates lost in the polls.
While we hope for better representation in the coming years, let’s acknowledge the monumental change that has been achieved so far in the male-dominated political arena in India. Here are all the 78 women MPs aiming to represent you and your concerns in the Parliament:
Mimi Chakraborty, Jadavpur - AITC
Aparupa Poddar, Arambag - AITC
Locket Chatterjee, Hooghly - AITC
Pratima Mondal, Joynagar - AITC
Sajda Ahmed, Uluberia - AITC
Sougata Roy, Dum Dum - AITC
Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, Barasat - AITC
Mala Roy, Kolkata Dakshin - AITC
Mahua Moitra, Krishnanagar - AITC
Deboshree Chowdhury, Raiganj - BJP
Nusrat Jahan Ruhi, Basirhat - AITC
Satabdi Roy (Bannerjee), Birbhum - AITC
Anupriya Patel, Mirzapur - Apna Dal
Sonia Gandhi, Rae Bareli - INC
Sanghmitra Maurya, Badaun - BJP
Keshari Patel, Phulpur - BJP
Smriti Irani, Amethi - BJP
Hema Malini, Mathura - BJP
Maneka Gandhi, Sultanpur - BJP
Rita Bahuguna Joshi, Prayagraj - BJP
Niranjan Jyoti, Fatehpur - BJP
Rekha Verma, Dhaurahra - BJP
Sangeeta Azad, Lalganj - BSP
Poonam Mahajan, Mumbai North Central - BJP
Heena Vijayakumar Gavit, Nandurbhar - BJP
Bhavana Gawali, Yavatmal-Washim - Shivsena
Bharati Pravin Pawar, Dindori - BJP
Supriya Sule, Baramati - NCP
Pritam Munde, Beed - BJP
Raksha Khadse, Raver - BJP
Navnit Rana, Amravati - Independent (NCP support)
Aparajita Sarangi, Bhubaneswar - BJP
Sangeeta Kumari Singh Deo, Bolangir -BJP
Pratima Bisoyi, Aska - BJP
Rajashree Mallick, Jagatsinghpur - BJD
Manjulata Mandal, Bhadrak - BJD
Chandrani Murmu, Keonjhar - BJD
Bharati Ben Shiyal, Bhavnagar - BJP
Geetaben Rathva, Chhota Udaipur - BJP
Poonamben Maadam, Jamnagar - BJP
Darshana Jardosh, Surat - BJP
Ranjanben Bhatt, Vadodara - BJP
Shardaben Anilbhai Patel, Mahesana - BJP
Chinta Anuradha, Amalapuram - YSCRP
Goddeti Madhavi, Aruku - YSCRP
Vanga Geethaviswanath, Kakinada - YSCRP
Beesetti Venkata Satyavathi, Anakapalli - YSCRP
Pragya Singh Thakur, Bhopal - BJP
Sandhya Ray, Bhind - BJP
Riti Pathak, Sidhi - BJP
Himadri Singh, Shahdol - BJP
Jyotsna Mahant, Korba - INC
Gomtee Sai, Raigarh - BJP
Renuka Singh, Sarguja - BJP
Rama Devi, Sheohar - BJP
Veena Devi, Vaishali - LJP
Kavita Singh, Siwan - JD(U)
Ranjeeta Kohli, Bharatpur - BJP
Jas Kaur Meena, Dausa - BJP
Diya Kumari, Rajsamand - BJP
Kanimozhi Karunanidhi, Thoothukudi - DMK
Thamizhachi Thangapandian (Sumathy), Chennai South - DMK
Jothimani Sennimalai, Karur - INC
Sumalatha Ambareesh, Mandya - Independent (BJP support)
Shobha Karandlaje, Udupi Chikmagalur - BJP
Annapurna Devi, Kodarma - BJP
Geeta Kora, Singhbhum- INC
Pratima Bhowmik, Tripura West - BJP
Suneeta Duggal, Sirsa - BJP
Agatha K Sangma, Tura - NPP
Queen Ojha, Gauhati - BJP
Ramya Haridas, Alathur - INC
Preneet Kaur, Patiala - INC
Maloth Kavitha, Mahabubabad - TRS
Mala Rajya Laxmi Shah, Tehri Garhwa - BJP
Watch this space for more about these women in politics and the prominent faces you should definitely know.