In Odisha, 33 percent women have been elected to the Lok Sabha. A heartwarming news has come in of a woman who has won the MP ticket at a very young age.
Chandrani Murmu, a 25-year-old engineering graduate, candidate from Biju Janata Dal (BJD) from the Keonjhar Lok Sabha seat, has secured the Parliamentary ticket.
She is the youngest ever MP — at 25 years and 11 months — to be elected to the Lok Sabha and is likely to be sworn in before turning 26.
Her victory is of significance as she defeated two-time BJP MP Ananta Nayak by a margin of 66,203 votes.
Until now, the record had been held by Dushyant Chautala, founder of the Jannayak Janta Party and candidate of the Hisar Lok Sabha constituency in Haryana in the 16th Lok Sabha. He is the grandson of renowned Haryana politician Om Prakash Chautala and was elected at the age of 26.
The regional party, as it mandated earlier to send 33% women to the Lok Sabha, chose Murma as a candidate.
Notably, her maternal grandfather Harihar Soren was a two-time Congress MP from 1980-1989. However, none of her family members had seen active politics in the last two decades.
She had completed her B. Tech from SOA University in 2017 and has been on a job search either in the engineering or the general sector.
Asked if she felt nervous after winning the seat, Murmu said, “When I have already opted for politics as a career, my age will not determine how forceful my voice in Parliament will be. I will justify my election as an MP.”
“Frankly speaking, I am not aware of the challenges I have to face being a people’s representative. My first priority will be to know the constituency and spend as much as time with the people,” she said, describing how her plunge into politics won’t be easy.
Sending a total of seven MPs to the Lok Sabha, Odisha is the first state ever to have 33 per cent or the largest share of women MPs of its total of 21 seats.