Baby Rani Maurya

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Baby Rani Maurya
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Governor of Uttarakhand
Assumed office
26 August 2018
Preceded by Krishan Kant Paul
Member of the National Commission for Women
In office
2002–2005
Mayor of Agra
In office
1995–2000
Personal details
Born (1956-08-15) 15 August 1956 (age 62)
Political party Bharatiya Janata Party
Spouse(s) Pradeep Kumar Maurya
Residence Raj Bhavan, Uttarakhand

Baby Rani Maurya (born 15 August 1956) is an Indian politician, serving as the seventh governor of Uttarakhand since 26 August 2018. She entered politics as a worker for the Bharatiya Janata Party in the early 1990s. She was the first woman mayor of Agra from 1995 to 2000. From 2002 until 2005, she served on the National Commission for Women.

Early life

Maurya was born on 15 August 1956.[1] She holds Bachelor of Education and Master of Arts degrees.[1]

Career

Maurya became active in politics in the early 1990s, following her marriage to a bank officer, Pradeep Kumar Maurya, who now serves on the advisory board of the Punjab National Bank after retiring as its director.[2][3] She began her political career as a worker of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). In 1995 she contested the Agra mayoral election on a BJP ticket, and won with a large mandate. She was the first woman to be mayor of Agra, and held the post until 2000.[2][4]

In 1997, Maurya was appointed an office bearer of the scheduled caste (SC) wing of the BJP. Ram Nath Kovind, who is now the President of India, was then the chairman of the SC wing.[2][1] As office bearer of this wing she assumed responsibility for strengthening the BJP's reach among members of the scheduled castes in Uttar Pradesh.[2] In 2001, she was made a member of the Uttar Pradesh social welfare board.[2] In recognition of her efforts toward the empowerment of dalit women, in 2002 she was made a member of the National Commission for Women.[1][2][5] She served on the Commission until 2005.[5]

The BJP nominated Maurya to contest the Etmadpur seat in the 2007 Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly election; however, she narrowly lost to her Bahujan Samaj Party opponent, Narayan Singh Suman.[2][6] From 2013 to 2015, she was engaged in the state-level responsibilities that were assigned to her by the BJP.[2] In July 2018, she was made a member of the State Commission for Protection of Child Rights.[2]

On 21 August 2018, Maurya was appointed the seventh governor of Uttarakhand by the Indian government.[2][7] She was sworn in on 26 August at a ceremony held at the Raj Bhavan in Uttarakhand,[8] becoming only the second woman to be the governor of Uttarakhand: Margaret Alva, appointed in 2009, was the first.[2][4] She succeeded Krishan Kant Paul, whose term had officially expired on 8 July, but who remained in office until 25 August due to the delay in appointing his replacement.[4][8][7][9]

References

  1. ^ a b c d "Bioprofile of Smt. Baby Rani Maurya, Hon'ble Governor, Uttarakhand". Rajbhawan Uttarakhand. Archived from the original on 27 August 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Lavania, Deepak (23 August 2018). "'Uttarakhand governor Baby Rani Maurya a dedicated worker, strict administrator'". The Times of India. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Baby Rani Maurya To Take Oath As Uttarakhand Governor On 26th August". Uttarakhand News Network. 23 August 2018. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  4. ^ a b c Kumar, Yogesh (22 August 2018). "Former Agra mayor appointed Uttarakhand governor". The Times of India. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  5. ^ a b "List of Members of the Commission since it's inception". National Commission for Women.
  6. ^ "339-Etmadpur- Uttar Pradesh". Election Commission of India.
  7. ^ a b "Baby Rani Maurya takes oath as Uttarakhand Governor". Deccan Chronicle. Asian News International. 26 August 2018. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  8. ^ a b "Baby Rani Maurya sworn in as new Uttarakhand governor". The Economic Times. Press Trust of India. 26 August 2018. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  9. ^ Kumar, Yogesh (9 July 2018). "Who will be the next U'khand governor?". The Times of India. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
Political offices
Preceded by
Krishan Kant Paul
Governor of Uttarakhand
26 August 2018 – Present
Incumbent
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