Who Is Kumari Selja? A Dalit Women leading The Congress Party In Haryana

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Kumari Shalja, designation in a public statement outrightly criticised the central government’s farmer’s bill and compared it to a death warrant. She talked about how the bill can seriously harm the agricultural sector. according to her, the Congress made every attempt to stop the bill from getting passed but the BJP government passed it to benefit their ” friends”. “To benefit his friends, the Prime Minister has sacrificed the interests of farmers by implementing the anti-agricultural laws,” she said.

Selja demanded that the BJP MLAs should prove that they are with farmers by clarifying their position in terms of the bill. Being the Dalit representative of the congress party, Selja expressed her dissatisfaction on the central government’s decision to do away with the Post-Matric Scholarship, a scheme to promote Dalit student’s education after 10th standard. She also said that the BJP government has not been able to allot houses to the deprived people in Ambala and Panchkula, the houses that were built during Congress party’s reign under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission.

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Selja took the office of the Congress party’s president of Haryana in 2019. Earlier, she chaired the office of Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment in the Manmohan Singh government. During her term as the union minister, she towards safeguarding women’s rights. She was also accused of instigating Balmiki community in Mirchpur case.  She is often called the woman holding the Dalit front of the Congress party. She is often seen calling out the current central government’s ‘anti-Dalit mindset‘ In 2014, she got elected to the Rajya Sabha and resigned from the office of Union Minister.

Selja takes after her father, Chaudhary Dalbir Singh, who had also been the president of Congress government in Haryana. Her political stint in 1991 when she got elected from Sirsa and got elected four times after that from Sirsa and Ambala.