7 Shocking facts about Soft-spoken Sumitra Mahajan popularly known as “Tai”

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Speaker Sumitra Mahajan is apparently
Speaker Sumitra Mahajan is apparently "not pleased" with Rahul Gandhi's "theatrics" when he walked across the Well of the House to hug Prime Minister + Narendra Modi and followed it with a wink at his fellow Congress MP.

Speaker Sumitra Mahajan is apparently “not pleased” with Rahul Gandhi’s “theatrics” when he walked across the Well of the House to hug Prime Minister + Narendra Modi and followed it with a wink at his fellow Congress MP. Urging the lawmakers to maintain the decorum and sanctity of the House, the speaker chastised the Congress chief. “The manner in which it was done was not right. I didn’t like it too,” the Speaker said.

The Speaker’s observation came soon after the Lok Sabha was reconvened after a brief adjournment during home minister Rajnath Singh’s speech.

1. Soft-spoken Sumitra Mahajan, an eight-time BJP MP, is a battle-hardened leader who has risen from the ranks to the top post of Lok Sabha Speaker.

2. Interestingly, the official name of 71-year-old Mahajan, the eldest and senior-most among women Members of Parliament, in the 16th Lok Sabha MPs’ list is also mentioned as “Sumitra Mahajan (Tai)”.

3. Mahajan is the second woman after Meira Kumar to be elected as Lok Sabha Speaker. 4. Starting her political life at the age of 39, she became the deputy mayor and then an MP from Indore in Madhya Pradesh. She was a minister of state in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee cabinet from 1999 to 2004, holding different portfolios of human resources, communications, IT, petroleum and natural gas.

5. A lawyer-turned-politician, Mahajan is known for her trademark simplicity, honesty and clean image beside her impeccable winning record at the hustings.

6. An active parliamentarian, she has not only headed important committees but has also been a keen debater and avid questioner inside the House, often seen putting ministers on the mat with her calm but firm interventions.

7. The mild-mannered Mahajan has over the years emerged as a force to reckon with in Indore where she never lost since she first became an MP in 1989 and a generation of opposition leaders have been waiting to trounce her.

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