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Basavarajeshwari Jahagirdar
Member of the Lok Sabha
In office
Preceded byR. Y. Ghorpade
Succeeded byK. C. Kondaiah
Minister of State for Women and Child Development
In office
Personal details
Basavarajeshwari Jahagirdar

1921 (1921)[1]
Died19 February 2008(2008-02-19) (aged 86–87)[3]
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
Other political
Indian National Congress
ChildrenDr. S. Jahagirdar . Mahipal

Basavarajeshwari Jahagirdar was an Indian politician who served as the MP and Minister of State for Women and Child Development of India, from 1991 to 1996.

Early life[edit]

Born place m.hanumapuram Anantapur dst

Political career[edit]

Ms. Basavarajeshwari, whose political career lasted 40 years, was the Union Minister of State for Women and Child Development in the P.V. Narasimha Rao Ministry. She also served as a Deputy Minister between 1962 and 1967 and was a member of the Karnataka Legislative Council for one term.

She won the Bellary Lok Sabha seat three times in a row. She began her career as a Member of the Legislative Assembly in 1957 from Lingasugur in Raichur district, and was re-elected for the second term when she held the post of Deputy Minister for five years. She was later elected as the Member of the Legislative Council (1977–84).

She won the Bellary Lok Sabha seat thrice in 1984, 1989 and 1991 and was inducted into the P.V. Narasimha Rao MinistryP.V. Narasimha Rao Ministry. As the Union Minister, Ms. Basavarajeshwari represented the country at the World Women's Conference held at Beijing in China.[5]

She kept a low profile after she was denied the Congress ticket to contest in the Lok Sabha elections from Bellary in 1996 and floated a trust, for which she was the chairperson. It started several educational institutions, including an engineering college, schools, a polytechnic and an ITI.

In 2004, Ms. Basavarajeshwari joined the Bharatiya Janata Party and campaigned for the party not only in Bellary but also in the neighbouring districts.[6]