Politicians toil hard to make it to the top and that includes several women who have sacrificed their personal life for achieving their goal.
There are women politicians who have done well for themselves and for their areas, but the most powerful among them preferred to remain unmarried to devote their all time to politics.
Here are India’s four well-known unmarried women politicians.
- Mamata Banerjee: Chief minister of West Bengal since 2011 and former Union railway minister. She is 61.
Popularly known as “Didi” (elder sister) by followers, she heads the Trinamul Congress that trounced the Left Front government that ruled the state for more than three decades.
If the BJP led central government is most uneasy about any political leader in the country, then that has to be the charismatic Didi.
2.Selvi J Jayalalithaa: The five-time chief minister of Tamil Nadu is one of the most influential politicians in India. She is 67.
Called “Amma” (mother) by her followers in AIADMK that she heads, the actor turned politician has seen many upheavals in her political career.
She bounced back with aplomb several times in the face of a strong opponent in maverick M. Karunanidhi of DMK.
3. Kumari Mayawati: The former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh has given a direction to dalit politics in India. She is 60.
Popularly known as “Behenji’ (sister) by followers, the Bahujan Samaj Party leader too has bounced back to power several times and holds the key to politics in Uttar Pradesh.
4. Sushri Uma Bharati: The Union minister of water resources, river development and Ganga rejuvenation rose in prominence in BJP after Ram Janmabhoomi movement. She is 56.
The former chief minister of Madhya Pradesh was expelled from the BJP for a brief period but re-inducted in the party.