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Bajpai, Rajendra Kumari

Born: 1925 AD
Died: 1999 AD, at 74 years of age.

Nationality: Indian
Categories: Politician


1925 - Born on February 8th in Laluchak, Bhagalpur district, Bihar. Indian politician, granddaughter of Ravi Shankar Shukla and niece of Shyama Charan Shukla.

1942 - She took part in the Quit India Movement and was jailed for burning the union jack at the Zila Kutchery in Munger.

1956 - Gandhi, who became the president of the Allahabad Congress Committee, chose her as her general secretary; thus began a political career spanning nearly four decades - first in Uttar Pradesh, the cradle of Indian politics, and then at the national level.

1962 - She entered the U.P. assembly, became president of the U.P. Congress Committee during the early '70s and also served as a minister.  

1969 - She took a clear line in favour of Gandhi and against the "syndicate".

1980 - She was elected to the Lok Sabha from Sitapur after representing Allahabad in the state assembly thrice.

         - She was appointed general secretary of the All-India Congress Committee.

         - She held the charge of organizing the party in the northeast, West Bengal, Assam, Gujarat, and Karnataka.

         - Gandhi inducted Bajpai into her cabinet as minister for welfare.

1995 - She was appointed lieutenant governor of Pondicherry.

1998 - She relinquished her post when the Bharatiya Janata Party came to power at the Centre.

1999 - Died on July 17th in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh.  


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