Articles about Sumitra Mahajan

Sumitra Mahajan is a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) politician, eight-time Member of Parliament (MP), and former speaker of the Lok Sabha. She did her MA and LLB from Indore University, Madhya Pradesh. Between 1982 and 1985, she was a Corporator in Indore Municipal Corporation and served as Deputy Mayor during 1984-85. She successfully contested her first Lok Sabha election in 1989 from Indore, defeating Prakash Sethi of the INC. She was elected to the Lok Sabha consecutively in the 1991, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2004, 2009, and 2014 elections, becoming India’s longest-serving woman Parliamentarian. From 1992 to 1994, Mahajan was the Vice-President of Madhya Pradesh BJP and served as the party’s General Secretary in 1998-99. She was Union Minister of State (MoS) for Human Resource Development (1999-2002), Communications & Information Technology (2002-03), and Petroleum & Natural Gas (2003-04) in the Vajpayee government. In 2014, Mahajan became the second woman after Meira Kumar to be appointed as the Lok Sabha speaker. She retired from electoral politics in 2019 and, in 2021, was awarded the Padma Bhushan.

23 Apr 2021

Shashi Tharoor
Should have confirmed: BJP's Sumitra Mahajan on her death news

Former Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan wants current speaker Om Birla and the federal government to take note of the fake news about her demise.

12 Sep 2019

By 2022, India could have a new Parliament building

By the time we celebrate our 75th Independence Day in 2022, India may have a new Parliament or a refurbished one, at least.

04 Jul 2019

West Bengal
For bat incident, BJP may send notice to Akash Vijayvargiya

Akash Vijayvargiya, who thought it was absolutely fine to thrash a civic official, could soon receive a showcause notice from his party BJP.

19 Jun 2019

Narendra Modi
Who is Om Birla, the new speaker of Lok Sabha?

On Wednesday, BJP leader Om Birla was elected as the speaker of Lok Sabha. In the last tenure of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the coveted post of the speaker was held by Sumitra Mahajan.

20 Mar 2019

India's first Lokpal: President Kovind appoints chief, eight other members

After years of delay, India got its first Lokpal on Tuesday as President Ram Nath Kovind appointed its chief and eight other members.

17 Mar 2019

Former SC-judge to be India's first Lokpal, official announcement soon

Former SC judge Pinaki Chandra Ghose will be India's first Lokpal and an official announcement about the same could be made on Monday, claimed reports.

13 Feb 2019

Narendra Modi
In last Lok Sabha speech, Modi takes dig at RaGa

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday delivered his last speech in the Lower House before the 16th Lok Sabha was dissolved for general elections due in April-May.

08 Jan 2019

Lok Sabha
#CitizenshipBill: Bill passed in Lok Sabha, despite protests from Opposition

On Tuesday, Home Minister Rajnath Singh tabled the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 in the Lok Sabha as protests against the bill rocked Assam.

07 Jan 2019

Lok Sabha
Lok Sabha Speaker suspends four more MPs for disrupting proceedings

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan today suspended three AIADMK MPs and one TDP lawmaker for two days for disrupting proceedings of the House.

With gloves off, Nirmala Sitharaman defends Rafale-deal, but RaGa unimpressed

Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman defended the multi-crore Rafale deal on Friday in the Lok Sabha using all her might, but Congress President Rahul Gandhi wasn't satisfied.

27 Dec 2018

Lok Sabha
Triple Talaq bill to be debated shortly: Things to know

The tweaked Triple Talaq Bill will be debated in the Lok Sabha today and the discussion is expected to be a heated one, since the Opposition has serious reservations about it. Notably, Modi-led NDA has asked all its MPs to be present in the Parliament.

20 Dec 2018

Lok Sabha
Lok Sabha proceedings disrupted for seventh consecutive working day

The proceedings of the Lok Sabha were disrupted for the seventh consecutive working day today, amid sparring between Opposition and treasury benches on the Rafale jet issue.

08 Dec 2018

Lok Sabha
About women-safety, Sumitra Mahajan says media reports focus on negativity

Addressing the 51st convocation of the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) in Delhi, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Friday said the media exercises enormous power and it should contribute to building a positive image of the society.

14 Nov 2018

PM Modi, Sonia pay tributes to Nehru's birth anniversary

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind, and senior Congress leader Sonia Gandhi today paid tributes to India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru on his 129th birth anniversary.

20 Oct 2018

PM Modi condoles death of Lok Sabha member Bhola Singh

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday expressed sorrow at the demise of Lok Sabha member Bhola Singh.

11 Oct 2018

Telangana: Husband is senior Congress leader, wife joins BJP

Social worker Padmini Reddy, wife of senior Congress leader of Telangana Damodar Raja Narasimha, joined BJP today.

01 Oct 2018

Sushma Swaraj
UN chief Antonio Guterres arrives on maiden India visit

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres arrived in New Delhi today on his maiden visit to India as the head of the world body that coincides with the commencement of events marking the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

22 Sep 2018

United Nations chief Antonio Guterres to visit India in October

United Nations chief Antonio Guterres will travel to India early next month, his first trip to the country as the UN Secretary-General.

07 Sep 2018

Can't take back chocolate from kid immediately: Mahajan on SC/ST Act

Amid widespread anger, including calls of 'Bharat bandh', against the amendment to the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said that the issue must not be politicized and all political parties should get together to discuss the issue.

02 Sep 2018

Narendra Modi
Discipline is branded 'autocracy' these days, says PM Modi

Praising Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu's disciplinarian nature, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said these days discipline is branded as autocracy in the country.

21 Jul 2018

Shashi Tharoor
A hug shakes Indian politics

For the BJP, it was "drama." For the Congress, it was an "unscripted" win. For the rest, it was plain amusing.

20 Jul 2018

Narendra Modi
Here's what Priya Varrier thinks about RaGa's wink in Parliament

Actress Priya Varrier, whose wink in 'Oru Adaar Love' made her an overnight Internet sensation has expressed what she felt about Congress President Rahul Gandhi winking in the Lok Sabha today.

20 Jul 2018

Emmanuel Macron
No-confidence motion: RaGa attacks Modi's 'jumla' in speech

Attacking the NDA regime in Lok Sabha, Congress President Rahul Gandhi today said India became a victim of 'jumla-strike' which he referred to as a 21st-century weapon.

19 Jul 2018

Rajnath passes buck to states on lynching, Opposition walks out

Condemning the lynching incidents across India, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today passed the onus of it on state governments prompting a walkout by Opposition leaders in Lok Sabha.

18 Jul 2018

Monsoon session: Lok Sabha accepts no-confidence motion against NDA

On the first day of the Monsoon Session of Parliament, a no-confidence motion was moved and accepted against the Prime Minister Narendra Modi led NDA in Lok Sabha on Wednesday.

07 Apr 2018

Lok Sabha
YSR Congress MPs resign from LS over Andhra special status

Five YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) MPs on Friday submitted their resignation letters to the Lok Sabha speaker. This was their way of protesting against Andhra Pradesh not being granted the special category status.

19 Mar 2018

Narendra Modi
Opposition couldn't move no-confidence motion as Speaker adjourns LS

The Parliament logjam continued today. As soon as the Lok Sabha assembled, opposition MPs trooped into the Well, raising slogans and holding placards.

18 Mar 2018

Madhya Pradesh
UPA govt left 450 railway projects incomplete: Piyush Goyal

Union railway minister Piyush Goyal on Saturday claimed that nearly 450 railway projects were incomplete across the country when the NDA government came to power in 2014.

15 Mar 2018

Lok Sabha
Budget session: Amid paper-tearing and protests, bills passed without discussion

With protests rocking the Parliament's budget session, productivity has hit an all-time low.

13 Mar 2018

Venkaiah Naidu
Budget session: Opposition angry as Finance Bill passed without discussion

The Opposition parties continued their various protests for the seventh straight day of the Budget session, disrupting the proceedings of the house.

12 Mar 2018

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)
Parliament Budget session: Longstanding logjam continues in both houses

After a washout of business proceedings last week, protests and remonstrations continued to greet Parliament when it met today.

07 Mar 2018

West Bengal
Budget Session: No work and only protests dominate Parliament

Proceedings continue to be stalled in Parliament on day 3 of the Budget session.

02 Mar 2018

Implement Delhi-like school safety rules in Madhya Pradesh: Sumitra Mahajan

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, in a letter to Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan, suggested to the state government to enact safety norms regarding schools on the lines of Delhi's rules.

01 Mar 2018

Lokpal-meet: Congress's Mallikarjun Kharge rejects PM Modi's 'special invite'

Congress and BJP are now trading punches on the issue of appointing a Lokpal.

25 Feb 2018

How can MPs hike their own salaries, questions Varun Gandhi

BJP MP Varun Gandhi questioned the power of lawmakers to increase their own salaries and pointed out that while their salaries are on the rise, the number of days the Parliament runs for is declining.

07 Feb 2018

Modi to Opposition in LS: Stop drama in Parliament

The Motion of Thanks to the President's address has been witnessing immense drama.

06 Jan 2018

Venkaiah Naidu issues privilege-notice against Rahul Gandhi for "Jaitlie" tweet

Following Rahul Gandhi's tweet against Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, calling him "Jaitlie", Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu issued a notice of breaching the parliamentary privilege against the Congress President.

19 Dec 2017

Pakistan News
Winter session, Parliament Day 3: Protests continue

The ongoing winter session of Parliament has been rocked by protests. Congress is demanding that PM Modi apologize to former PM Manmohan Singh for alleging that the latter colluded with Pakistan to influence Gujarat polls.

07 Dec 2017

Parliament prepares to use food cards, as digital drive fails

After demonetization, efforts were made to promote the use of credit and debit cards in Parliament's four canteens. However, this drive failed to take off. Now, MPs and parliament staff might be given prepaid food cards to push for cashless transactions.

26 Jul 2017

Parliament Day 8: House rocked by Kovind's speech, missing Indians

The eight day of parliament was rocked by debates on Indians missing in Iraq, President Ram Nath Kovind's oath-taking speech and more.