Dalit woman from Rajasthan’s Bharatpur set to be one of the youngest MPs in Lok Sabha.

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Sanjana Jatav, 26, from the Congress party, has defeated her BJP rival in the stronghold of Rajasthan Chief Minister Bhajanlal Sharma.

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On June 4, as the Lok Sabha poll results were announced, a video of 26-year-old Sanjana Jatav celebrating her victory by dancing to a Rajasthani song went viral on social media. Sanjana, wearing a saree, is set to become one of the youngest members of Parliament in the 18th Lok Sabha.

Sanjana Jatav, a Congress MP-elect from Bharatpur, Rajasthan, comes from a Dalit community. She defeated BJP’s Ramswaroop Koli by 51,983 votes. Despite having no political background or experience, Sanjana decided to run for office, surprising her family who had never dreamed of participating in elections.

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“My husband’s grandfather was a sarpanch, but no one in the family ever contested an election above the panchayat level,” Ms. Jatav told The Hindu. She expressed her determination to work for the people. Sanjana Jatav, the wife of a police constable and mother of two, not only defeated Mr. Koli but also won in the stronghold of Rajasthan Chief Minister Bhajanlal Sharma, whose hometown is Bharatpur.

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Ms. Jatav believes that the people of Rajasthan voted for her because “too much religion-related violence has made people choose her. Bharatpur witnessed the murder of two Muslim men, Junaid and Nasir, by cow vigilante groups in 2023.

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“I am thankful to the party leadership for giving me this opportunity and the people of Bharatpur for their immense love and support,” said Ms. Jatav. The Congress had good reason to trust her. In the 2023 Rajasthan Assembly polls, Ms. Jatav contested from Alwar’s Kathumar and narrowly lost to BJP’s Ramesh Khinchi by just 409 votes.

“The party saw my hard work, which is why the Central leadership trusted me again,” said Ms. Jatav, who is currently a district council member in Rajasthan.


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