Selja Kumari

Selja Kumari

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Selja Kumari

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Selja Kumari (born 24 September 1962) is a member of the 15th Lok Sabha of India as a member of the Indian National Congress (INC) political party. She was also a member of the previous Lok sabha and a minister of state (independent charge) of Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation in the UPA government.

Early life

Selja Kumari was born in New Delhi to the Dalit leader Chaudhary Dalbir Singh. She studied at the Convent of Jesus and Mary, New Delhi and has a M.Phil from Punjab University.

Political career

She began her political career in the Mahila Congress becoming its President in 1990. One of the seniormost dalit leaders within the Congress party, she was elected to the 10th Lok Sabha in 1991 from Sirsa in Haryana. She was Union Minister of State for Education and Culture in the Narasimha Rao-led Congress government. Despite the Congress debacle in Haryana in 1996, she was re-elected to the 11th Lok Sabha.

In 2004, she was elected to the Lok Sabha representing the Ambala constituency of Haryana. She was Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation in the Manmohan Singh-led UPA government.On 16 May 2009, she was once again re-elected from the same constituency, making this her second consecutive victory from Ambala and was given an elevation to Cabinet rank holding portfolios...
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