Annapurna Devi, 51, who was inducted into the Union council of ministers as a minister of state for schooling on Wednesday, joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) forward of the 2019 nationwide polls. She was the Jharkhand unit chief of Lalu Prasad Yadav-led Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) when she defected to the BJP and went on to win the Lok Sabha election from Koderma. Devi defeated former chief minister Babulal Marandi, a joint candidate of the United Progressive Alliance, by round 450,000 votes.
Devi was the vp of the BJP’s Jharkhand unit earlier than her elevation because the nationwide vice-president. She was additionally named as BJP’s Haryana co-in cost. Devi is the second Union minister from Jharkhand aside from Arjun Munda. Another Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi can be a member of Rajya Sabha from Jharkhand.
Devi, who was born right into a Bengali-speaking household in Dumka, has a grasp’s from Ranchi University. She joined politics after the dying of her husband and RJD legislator Ramesh Yadav. She received a state meeting by-poll in 1998 and have become a minister within the RJD authorities of undivided Bihar. She was re-elected as an meeting member in 2000, 2005, and 2009. She turned a minister in Jharkhand in 2013 earlier than shedding meeting polls a 12 months later. Devi has emerged because the Other Backward Class (OBC) face of the BJP particularly after the BJP’s loss within the 2019 meeting polls beneath Raghubar Das’s management.
BJP insiders mentioned the elevation of Devi and her fast rise within the BJP signifies the central management is banking on her in Jharkhand. “Belonging to a Yadav family, Annapurna Devi could play a crucial role in wooing the OBC vote bank, especially in the districts bordering Bihar that have a large number of Yadav voters. She could also play a crucial role in wooing Bengali-speaking voters in Santhal areas bordering Bengal,” mentioned a Jharkhand BJP chief, who didn’t need to be named.
A ruling Jharkhand Mukti Morcha chief acknowledged Devi’s affect within the Dumka Lok Sabha election in 2019. “… our leader Shibu Soren lost. Though she was new to the BJP, she campaigned in the Masiliya area and actually made an impact among the Bengali-speaking population. Though she did not speak much against our leader, her presence made a difference in the result,” mentioned the chief on situation of anonymity.
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