Baby Rani Maurya is an Indian politician who is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). She was the former governor of Uttarakhand and resigned from her position on 8 September 2021, two years before completing her tenure. She is well-known for being the first woman mayor of Agra.
Baby Rani Maurya was born on Wednesday, 15 August 1956 (age 65 years; as of 2021) in Agra, Uttar Pradesh. Her zodiac sign is Leo. She completed her degree in B.Ed. and M.A. from Agra. After completing her education, she decided to join politics in the early 1990s. After her appointment as the governor of Uttarakhand, she moved to Dehradun.
Height (approx.): 5′ 2″
Eye Colour: Black
Hair Colour: Black
Baby Rani Maurya’s father is Ram Singh, who worked at the Agra Municipal Corporation, and her mother’s name is Kusum Devi. Baby Rani got married to Pradeep Kumar Maurya who was working in the Punjab National Bank as a branch manager. He retired from the bank as a director, and now works with the advisory board of the bank.
Baby Rani Maurya joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the early 1990s as a general worker from Agra. In 1995, BJP was looking for a family-oriented woman to contest the election for the mayor seat in Agra. Baby Rani was the perfect candidate for this and she won the elections with a great margin. In 1995, Baby Rani Maurya was appointed as the mayor of Agra for the next five years. In 1997, she was appointed as the treasurer of the scheduled caste (SC) wing of BJP as she belonged to the Dalit caste and her role was to strengthen the reach of the party to the scheduled castes in Uttar Pradesh. The wing was lead by Ram Nath Kovind. Baby Rani has been working in the field of human welfare for a very long time especially the welfare of women and children and she has focused on the issue of women empowerment.
In 2001, she was appointed as a member of the Uttar Pradesh social welfare board. Further, she became a member of the National Commission of Women in 2002, and she served there till 2005. In 2007, the BJP leaders shortlisted her name to contest the 2007 Legislative Assembly elections from the Etmadpur seat in Agra; however, she lost the election to the Bahujan Samaj Party candidate, Narayan Singh Suman. After a failed campaign, Baby Rani engaged in state-level responsibilities assigned to her by the party from 2013 to 2015. In 2018, Baby Rani started working with the State Commission for Protection of Child Rights. On 26 August 2018, Maurya was sworn in as the seventh governor of Uttarakhand by the Indian government. She was the second woman to become the governor of Uttarakhand, after Margaret Alva, who was appointed in 2009. She resigned from the position two years before the end of tenure on 8 September 2021 due to some personal reasons.
Awards and Honours
- She received the Samaj Ratna in 1996.
- She received the Uttar Pradesh Ratna in 1997.
- She received the Nari Ratna in 1998 for her service in the field of women empowerment.
- Bonds, Debentures, Shares: Rs. 2.95 lakh
- Motor Vehicles: Rs. 5.10 lakh
- LIC or other insurance: Rs. 3 lakh
- Deposits in Banks, Financial Institutions, etc.: Rs. 21.06 lakh
- Jewellery: Rs. 5.50 lakh
- Others: Rs. 9.87 lakh
- Agricultural Land: Rs. 25 lakh
- While BJP leaders were shortlisting Baby Rani Maurya for the position of the governor of Uttarakhand, she was busy working in the United States because of an official visit.
- In an interview, Naveen Jain, BJP mayor of Agra spoke about Baby Rani Maurya’s work ethics and how she would question the senior-most officials in case of even a single civic issue. Recalling an incident, Naveen Jain said-
Maurya was highly disciplined party worked and maintained strictness during her tenure as the mayor. She used to take public complaints seriously and would always make officials accountable for them. Once she landed in confrontation with the municipal commissioner, who was not ready to act as per mandate of the house. On this, she got down from her chair and sat on the floor of the house in protest. The matter reached the state government, after which the then district magistrate Durgashankar Mishra had to rush to pacify her.”
- Baby Rani Maurya is a religious person and she often travels to different religious places across the country on different occasions.
- In September 2021, for her contribution in the field of empowerment of Dalit women and the protection of child rights, Baby Rani Maurya received the ‘Great Indian Woman Award 2021.’ Along with her, several other women also received the award for the work they have done in their respective fields.
- Baby Rani Maurya follows a strict yoga routine to keep her physical and mental well-being in check.
- During the COVID-19 pandemic, Baby Rani Maurya took the initiative of conduction donation drives to provide food and other essentials to the people and families of government officials who are in need.