Age: 25 years 11 months
Occupation: B.Tech Graduate, Job Aspirant till May 23
Nobody can understand a person’s fate until it creates miracles in their life. Here’s the similar story of this youngest MP of India, Chandrani Murmu. Until May 23, she was an unknown girl and a job aspirant who wanted to work for the government of Odisha as an assistant section officer or work as a probationary officer in a bank or find any private job as a mechanical engineer. But, in a matter of surprise to her and her family, she has become the youngest Member of Parliament of India beating a two-time MP of BJP Ananta Nayak of Keonjhar Lok Sabha seat (reserved for Scheduled Tribes).
Chandrani Murmu was born to a middle-class scheduled tribe family in Odisha. Her father, Sanjiv Murmu, is a government employee while her mother, Urbashi Soren, is a housewife. Except for her maternal grandfather, who was an MP of Keonjhar, none of their family members from either side of the family is present in active politics from at least two decades.
Chandrani Murmu completed her schooling from N S Police High School in Keonjhar and Naidu classes in Bhubaneswar. She has completed her B.Tech degree from SOA University in 2017 and was busy in finding appropriate jobs in either government or private sectors.
How Candidate Selection Happened
The regional party Biju Janata Dal (BJD) was looking for a candidate who’s professionally qualified and willing to serve the country in a public domain and found Chandrani Murmu, a suitable candidate who can fill the 33% women in Lok Sabha. But, her candidature as the BJD candidate came as a surprise.
Chandrani Murmu’s maternal grandfather was an MP of Keonjhar, and he is the one who’s behind the selection of her candidature.
Asked if she felt nervous about having to lock horns with the country’s top politicians in debates in Lok Sabha, a confident Ms Murmu said, “When I have already opted for politics as a career, my age will not determine how powerful my voice in Parliament will be. I will justify my election as an MP.”
Representing Keonjhar has always been a challenge. Though possessing India’s 20% of iron ore reserves and is rich in mineral resources, the district lags in many human development indices. So much so, it has earned the epithet, ‘A rich land with poor people’.
“I am aware of the tag attached to Keonjhar. Since the announcement of my candidature was made only a few weeks before filing of nomination, I did not have enough time to visit all corners of Keonjhar. I am not aware of the challenges I have to face being a people’s representative. My priority will be to know the constituency and spend as much as time with the people,” she said.
Achievement and Challenges ahead for her
Chandrani Murmu has achieved a rare feat of being the youngest Member of Parliament from BJD’s ticket by beating the two-time BJP MP Ananta Nayak by a whopping margin of 66,203 votes in her first election. She’s likely to swear in as the youngest MP of the Lower House’s history before her birthday which is coming in just a few days on July 16.
The record was in the name of Dushyant Chautala, founder of the Jannayak Janta Party representing Hisar Lok Sabha constituency of Haryana in the 16th Lok Sabha. Dushyant Chautala is the grandson of the popular Haryana politician Om Prakash Chautala.
Chandrani Murmu emerged victoriously, but, it was not a cakewalk for her. The opponents were powerful and tried to defame her personally multiple times. In spite of all the obstacles, she has managed to win against the strong opposition candidate. Odisha police have helped her with the swift action against the culprits. Let her concentrate on the real issues that Keonjhar is facing and see success in her endeavours as MP.