Poonamben Maadam is an Indian politician who is the Member of Parliament from Jamnagar. She was a member of the Gujarat Legislative Assembly from 2012 to 2014.
Poonamben Maadam was born on 23 September 1974 (age 44 years; as in 2018) in Jamnagar, Gujarat. Her zodiac sign is Virgo.
She attended Gujarat University to pursue her bachelor’s degree in Commerce. Till 2009, she was lived in Delhi but later moved to Khambhalia, Gujarat.
Height (approx.): 5′ 4″
Weight (approx.): 70 kg
Eye Colour: Dark Brown
Hair Colour: Black
Family, Caste & Husband
Poonamben Maadam belongs to the Ahir community. She originally belongs to Kalyanpur, Uttar Pradesh, but her great-grandfather later settled in Jamnagar. Her father, Hematbhai Maadam is a former defence officer and politician.
Her mother’s name is Dinaben Maadam. Her grandfather, Rambhai Maadam, was active in the Ahir community work in the field of education. She has an uncle named Vikram Madam, a member of the Legislative Assembly, Gujarat.
She got married to Perminder Kumar on 4 October 1992. The couple had a daughter named Shivani, who died due to burn injuries on 9 December 2018.
In 2012, Poonamben became a member of the Gujarat Legislative Assembly. In the 2014 Lok Sabha Elections, she contested as a Bharatiya Janata Party’s candidate from the Jamnagar constituency and won. In September 2014, she was elected as a member in various parliamentary committees including Committee on Empowerment of Women, Standing Committee on Industry, Consultative Committee, and Ministry of Civil Aviation. In the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections, she was again elected as the member of Lok Sabha from the Jamnagar constituency.
Poonamben made headlines when in an event named ‘Bhagwat Katha’ organised in Veraval, Gujarat, she was seen dancing. The interesting part is that she was showered with over 3 Crore rupees in merely 30 seconds.
- Politician: B. R. Ambedkar, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Atal Bihari Vajpayee
- Cricketer: Ranjitsinhji, Vinoo Mankad
- Poet: Jhaverchand Meghani, Narmadashankar Dave, Rabindranath Tagore
- Freedom Fighters: Rani Lakshmibai, Mangal Pandey
She owns a Toyota Fortuner and Hyundai Santro.
She possesses assets and properties of worth ₹6 Crore, out of which, she has a bank deposit of ₹2 crore, bonds/debentures/shares of ₹1 Crore, and jewellery worth ₹2 Crores.
She has a salary of ₹1 Lakh/per month (as in 2018). Her net worth is about ₹16 Crores.
- Her father, Hematbhai Maadam was a four-time independent MLA from Khambalia, Gujarat from 1972 to 1990.
- Her uncle, Vikram Madam, was unhappy about Poonamben’s rise in her political career. While Poonam was the probable candidate for Khambalia seat, his uncle was rooting for Hebha Bhai Karmur’s candidature.
- She won the 2014 Lok Sabha elections from Jamnagar by 484412 votes.
- Poonamben runs a charitable trust named “Hematbhai Rambhai Madam Memorial Trust,” named in the memory of her father, Hematbhai Maadam and grandfather, Rambhai Maadam.
- In 2016, while meeting slum-dwellers during a demolition drive by civic authorities in a locality in Jamnagar, she fell in an 8-feet deep sewer. She suffered a 4-inches deep cut in her head and injuries on her shoulders and legs.
- Her daughter, Shivani, got burned after the heater in her home exploded. Shivani died in 2018 due to burn injuries in a hospital in Singapore.