Vasundhara Raje

Vasundhara Raje Scindia is an Indian politician and former Chief Minister of Rajasthan. She is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party. She is also the head of Dholpur royal family, and is the acting queen of Dholpur.

Vasundhara Raje
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13th Chief Minister of Rajasthan
In office
12 December 2013 (2013-12-12) – 16 December 2018 (2018-12-16)
Governor
Preceded byAshok Gehlot
Succeeded byAshok Gehlot
In office
8 December 2003 (2003-12-08) – 11 December 2008 (2008-12-11)
Governor
Preceded byAshok Gehlot
Succeeded byAshok Gehlot
Minister of State for External Affairs
In office
19 March 1998 (1998-03-19) – 12 October 1999 (1999-10-12)
Member of Rajasthan Legislative Assembly
Assumed office
8 December 2003 (2003-12-08)
Preceded byMohan Lal
ConstituencyJhalrapatan
In office
1985 (1985) – 1989 (1989)
ConstituencyDholpur
Member of Parliament
Lok Sabha
In office
1989 (1989) – 2003 (2003)
Preceded byJhujhar Singh
Succeeded byDushyant Singh
ConstituencyJhalawar
Personal details
Born (1953-03-08) 8 March 1953 (age 67)
Bombay, Bombay State (present day Mumbai, Maharashtra), India
NationalityIndian
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
Spouse(s)
(m. 1972; div. 1973)
ChildrenDushyant Singh
Relatives
ResidenceDholpur, Rajasthan, India
Alma materUniversity of Mumbai
Websitehttp://vasundhararaje.in/

Early lifeEdit

Vasundhara Raje was born on 8 March 1953 in Bombay (now Mumbai). She is daughter of Vijayaraje Scindia - Shinde and Jivajirao Scindia - Shinde, Maharaja of Gwalior, members of the prominent Scindia royal Maratha family.[1] She completed her school education from Presentation Convent, Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu, and later graduated with Economics and Political Science degrees from Sophia College, affiliated to Mumbai University, Mumbai.

Personal lifeEdit

Vasundhara Raje married Maharaj Rana Hemant Singh, of the royal Dholpur family, on 17 November 1972, but the couple separated a year later.[2] Her son Dushyant Singh was elected to the Lok Sabha from her former constituency, Jhalawar.[3] Her siblings are Yashodhara Raje Scindia, former Industries Minister of Madhya Pradesh, the late Madhavrao Scindia, the late Padmavati Raje 'Akkasaheb' Burman (1942–64), who wed Kirit Deb Burman, last ruling Maharaja of Tripura, and Usha Raje Rana (b. 1943) who married into the Rana family of Nepal.

Political careerEdit

In 1984, Raje entered the Indian political system. Initially, she was made a Member of the National Executive of the newly formed Bharatiya Janata party (BJP). She was also elected as a member of the 8th Rajasthan Assembly from Dholpur. The same year, she was appointed as the Vice President of the Yuva Morcha, Rajasthan BJP.[4]

Membership of Legislative AssemblyEdit

  • 1985-90 Member, 8th Rajasthan Legislative Assembly from Dholpur
  • 2003-08 Member, 12th Rajasthan Legislative Assembly from Jhalrapatan
  • 2008–13, 13th Rajasthan Legislative Assembly from Jhalrapatan
  • 2013–18, Member, 14th Rajasthan Legislative Assembly [5] from Jhalrapatan
  • 2018–present, Member, 15th Rajasthan Legislative Assembly from Jhalrapatan

Membership of ParliamentEdit

 
Vasundhara Raje Scindia at the inauguration of Bhamashah Yojana in Udaipur, Rajasthan.

Positions heldEdit

  • 1985-87 : Vice-President, Yuva Morcha BJP, Rajasthan
  • 1987 : Vice-President, BJP, Rajasthan
  • 1990-91 : Member, Library Committee, Member, Consultative Committee, Ministries of Commerce and Tourism
  • 1991-96 : Member, Consultative Committees, Ministries of Power, Science and Technology, Environment and Tourism1996-97 Member, Committee on Science and Technology, Environment and Forests, Member, Consultative Committees, Ministries of Power, Science and Technology and Tourism
  • 1997-1998 : Joint Secretary, BJP Parliamentary Party
  • 1998-99 : Union Minister of State, External Affairs
  • 13 October 1999 – 31 Aug.. 2001: Union Minister of State (Independent Charge), Small Scale Industries and Agro & Rural Industries; Department of Personnel and Training; Department of Pensions and Pensioners' Welfare in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions; Department of Atomic Energy and Department of Space
  • 1 September 2001 – 1 November 2001: Union Minister of State, Small Scale Industries; Personnel, Training, Pensions, Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances; Department of Atomic Energy; and Department of Space (Independent Charge) 2 November 2001-
  • 29 January 2003 – 8 December 2003: Union Minister of State, Small Scale Industries; Personnel, Training, Pensions, Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances; Planning; Department of Atomic Energy; and Department of Space (Independent Charge) 14 November 2002 -
  • 14 December 2003 – President, BJP, Rajasthan
  • 8 December 2003 – 8 December 2008: Chief Minister, Rajasthan
  • 2 January 2009 – 8 December 2013: Leader of Opposition, Rajasthan Legislative Assembly
  • 8 December 2013 – 11 December 2018: Chief Minister, Rajasthan
  • National vice President of Bharatiya Janata party 11 January 2019-

Accusations of corruptionEdit

In 2018, Rajasthan MLA Ghanshyam Tiwari (BJP) accused Vasundhara Raje's government of corruption and accused the BJP's central leadership of shielding her.[6] He also accused Raje of appointing "her cronies" in important posts.[7] Later that year Tiwari resigned in protest.[7]

On 7 December 2018, the Supreme Court of India issued notice to Raje and her son Dushyant Singh in an alleged fraud land sale case.[8]

WorksEdit

  • Rajasthan Gaurav Yatra by Vasundhara Raje[9]
  • Bhamashah Yojana by Vasundhara Raje[10]
  • iStart Rajasthan by Satyam Kumar and Vasundhara Raje[11][12]
  • Jal Swavlamban by Vasundhara Raje[13][14]
  • See More Schemes of Vasundhara Raje[15]

Achievement(s)Edit

In 2007, she received the "Women Together Award" by the UNO for services rendered towards self-empowerment of women.[16]

BookEdit

Book on the life of Vasundhara Raje named Vasundhara Raje aur Vikasit Rajasthan written by Historian Vijay Nahar and published by Prabhat Prakashan, firstly gifted to Governor of Rajasthan.[17]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Profile on Rajasthan Assembly website". Rajasthan Legislative Assembly Secretariat, Jaipur (Rajasthan) INDIA. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 10 March 2014.
  2. ^ "Vasundhara Raje: A comeback politician who is also a fashion symbol". Economic Times. 8 December 2013. Retrieved 10 March 2014.
  3. ^ "Fifteenth Lok Sabha Members Bioprofile". Lok Sabha Secretariat. Archived from the original on 10 March 2014. Retrieved 10 March 2014.
  4. ^ Life and Career - Vasundhara Raje
  5. ^ "Profile of Rajasthan". Nationsroot inc.
  6. ^ Muhammad Iqbal. "For Vasundhara Raje, a race against time". The Hindu.
  7. ^ a b "CM Vasundhara Raje is 'robbing the state', says BJP lawmaker, quits party". Hindustan Times.
  8. ^ "Supreme Court issues notice to Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje, son in land sale to NHAI case".
  9. ^ "Raje's yatra to skip Sheo, raising political hackles". Hindustan Times. 7 August 2018. Retrieved 7 August 2015.
  10. ^ "Raje's yatra to skip Sheo, raising political hackles". www.bhamashah.rajasthan.gov.in.
  11. ^ "iStart Rajasthan by Satyam Kumar & CM Vasundhara Raje". www.bhamashah.rajasthan.gov.in.
  12. ^ "Rajasthan Government Doubles Down on Startup Support, Launches IStart Programme". www.inc42.com. 8 November 2017.
  13. ^ "मुख्यमंत्री जल स्वावलम्बन अभियान से प्रदेश बन रहा है जल आत्मनिर्भर". www.suraaj.rajasthan.gov.in.
  14. ^ "Jal Swavlamban Yojna". www.mjsa.water.rajasthan.gov.in.
  15. ^ "Schemes by Vasundhara Raje". www.ryvp.rajasthan.gov.in.
  16. ^ "Vasundhara Raje Biography - About awards won, history". www.elections.in. elections.in Group.
  17. ^ "राज्यपाल कल्याण सिंह को पुस्तक भेंट". www.khaskhabar.com. Khaskhabar.com Group. 4 August 2016. Retrieved 4 August 2016.
Lok Sabha
Preceded by
Jujhar Singh
Member of Parliament
for Jhalawar

1989 – 2003
Succeeded by
Dushyant Singh
Political offices
Preceded by
Ashok Gehlot
Chief Minister of Rajasthan
8 December 2003 – 11 December 2008
Succeeded by
Ashok Gehlot
Preceded by
Ashok Gehlot
Chief Minister of Rajasthan
13 December 2013 – 16 December 2018
Succeeded by
Ashok Gehlot

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