- Haryana’s first female MP Chandravati dies after prolonged illness
- Chandravati became the first woman MP of Haryana in 1977, defeating Chaudhary Bansilal
- Veterans of Congress including former CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda mourn
Chandravati, the first woman MP from Haryana and former Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry, died on Sunday. She was 92 years old. Senior Congress leader Chandravati was undergoing treatment at PGI Hospital in Rohtak where she breathed her last. He was admitted to the hospital on 5 November. Chandravati was ill for a long time. Chandravati, who was also a leader of the Janata Party, became the first woman MP from Haryana in 1977, when she defeated political stalwart Chaudhary Bansilal from Bhiwani constituency.
She later joined the Congress and served as the Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry in 1990. Chandravati Charkhi was a resident of Dadri district. The leaders of the state expressed condolences on the death of Chandravati. Former Chief Minister Bhupendra Singh Hooda mourned his death. In his condolence message, Hooda said, “Chandravati’s death has created a deep void in our public life both at the national level and in Haryana.” He said, “His integrity, diligence and sense of service were his hallmarks … He served the country as a legalist, MLA, MP and then Lt. Governor of Puducherry.”
Surjewala also expressed grief
Hooda said he had close family ties with Chandravati, who worked with his father the late Ranbir Singh Hooda. Congress party general secretary and chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said that he was deeply saddened to hear of the demise of the senior Congress leader. Surjewala said in a tweet, ‘The news of the death of senior Congress leader and former Lt Governor Chandravati ji was very sad. He did long service to the state as a skilled politician, for which he will always be remembered.
Political life started in 1954
Chandravati entered politics in 1954. Chandravati started her political journey by winning the assembly elections in 1954. He contested the first election from Badhra assembly seat. She became the leader of the legislative party after the victory. Chandravati contested a total of 14 elections in her entire life, in which she became a six-time MLA and once an MP. Chandravati, who studied law from Delhi University, tried to promote education after becoming an MLA and established schools in villages. In the 1977 Lok Sabha elections, Chandravati defeated veteran leader Bansi Lal by a record number of votes. Chandravati Chau Worked with Janata Party for a long time with Charan Singh.