MP Leader of Oppn Jamuna Devi aka Buaji is dead
Indore | Friday, Sep 24 2010 IST
Freedom-fighter and Leader of the Opposition in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly Jamuna Devi, popular as 'Buaji' (paternal aunt) and known for her outspokenness, passed away today thereby bringing down the curtains on a political career that spanned about six decades and witnessed an initial association with socialist ideology.
Born in an ordinary family on November 19, 1929 at tribal-dominated Dhar district's Sardarpur, she received formal education only until matriculation but went on to adorn the office of deputy chief minister during the Digvijay Singh government.
While Governor Rameshwar Thakur said -- in a message -- that Ms Devi had been working for uplift and welfare of the reserved classes, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that state lost a leader who symbolised women's empowerment.
A condolence meeting was held at Raj Bhavan even as leaders spanning the political spectrum expressed grief.
The Congress tribal leader was elected to the then Madhya Bharat Assembly for the first time in 1952. She represented Dhar district's Kukshi and occupied several key posts including that of Rajya Sabha member (1978-84), Lok Sabha member (1962-67) and minister in the Motilal Vora and Digvijay Singh regimes.
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