Vasundhara Raje Wiki, Age, Caste, Husband, Family, Biography & More

Vasundhara Raje

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Vasundhara Raje Scindia is an Indian Politician and one of the most senior leaders of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). She has served as the Chief Minister of Rajasthan and has been a member of the Lok Sabha several times. She is the first woman ever to hold the post of the Chief Minister of Rajasthan. Due to her various posts held in the Union Cabinet and in the Party, she is one of the most powerful stateswomen in India. Apart from being a political giant, she hails from a royal Maratha Scindia family. Let us know more about Vasundhara Raje.

Biography/Wiki, Caste

Vasundhara Raje was born in a royal Scindia Rajput family on 8 March 1953 in Bombay, Bombay State (Now Mumbai, Maharashtra) India. She is the daughter of late Jivajirao Scindia, (Maharaja of Gwalior). She completed her primary education in Presentation ConventKodaikanal, Tamil Nadu. For her higher education, she enrolled at Sophia College in Mumbai University and graduated with Economics and Political Science.

Family

Raje was born to Jivajirao Scindia and Vijaya Raje Scindia. Her father was a Maharaja of Gwalior princely state and her mother was the Rajmata of Gwalior.

Portrait of Jiwajirao Scindia

Portrait of Jiwajirao Scindia, father of Vasundhara Raje

Vijaya Raje Scindia

Vijaya Raje Scindia, mother of Vasundhara Raje

Parents of Vasundhara Raje

Parents of Vasundhara Raje

Late Madhavrao Scindia was his brother and former leader of Indian National Congress.

Madhavrao Scindia, brother of Vasundhara Raje

Madhavrao Scindia, brother of Vasundhara Raje

Late Padma Raje, Usha Raje, late Padmavati Raje, Yashodhara Raje are her sisters.

Vasundhara Raje with her sister Yashodhara Raje

Vasundhara Raje with her sister Yashodhara Raje

Vasundhara Raje with her sisters

Vasundhara Raje with her sisters

Congress Politician, Jyotiraditya Scindia is her nephew.

Vasundhara Raje with Jyotiraditya Scindia

Vasundhara Raje with Jyotiraditya Scindia

Raje married Maharaja Rana Hemant Singh of Jat royal family of Jodhpur on 17 November 1972.

Hemant Singh of Dholput, Husband of Vasundhara Raje

Hemant Singh of Dholput, Husband of Vasundhara Raje

In September 1973, their child, a son, Dushyant Singh was born. After a year in 1974, she separated from her husband.

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Her son is also a politician and has been a member of the Parliament.

Vasundhara Raje with her son

Vasundhara Raje with her son

Career

Raje joined Bharatiya Janata Party and in 1984, she became a Member of the National Executive of the party. In 1985, she was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Rajasthan from Dholpur constituency. From 1985 to 1987, she was the Vice-President of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha. In 1987, she became the Vice-President of BJP of its Rajasthan unit. In the 1989 General Election, Raje defeated Shiv Narain of Indian National Congress and became a Member of Parliament for the first time. From 1991 to 1999, she was elected to the Lok Sabha for the four consecutive terms. In 1998, she was made the Union Minister of State for External Affairs. Raje became Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) in the Vajpayee government in October 1999 and remained until August 2001.

Vasundhara Raje with Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Vasundhara Raje with Atal Bihari Vajpayee

On 20 January 2003, she was appointed as Union Minister of State for Small Scale Industries; Personnel Training, Pensions, Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances; Department of Atomic Energy; and Department of Space, etc.. On 8 December 2003, she became the first female Chief Minister of Rajasthan. On 14 December of the same year, she held the post of the state President of BJP. On 2 January 2009, she became the Leader of Opposition in the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly and remained until December 2013. In the 2013 Assembly Election, she defeated Meenakshi Chandrawat of Indian National Congress with the margin of more than 50,000 votes from the Jhalrapatan constituency.

After she lost the 2008 Assembly Elections, she reinvented herself and reorganised the cadre. She also undertook a 105-day yatra, covering 13,012 km. On 13 December 2013, she became the Chief Minister of Rajasthan for the second time. During this tenure, she implemented a Tourism Unit Policy in Rajasthan. On the social front, she introduced mid-day meal schemes for mothers, insurance schemes, transportation vouchers for girl students and skills training for workers.

Vasundhara Raje with Narendra Modi on 8 December 2013

Vasundhara Raje with Narendra Modi on 8 December 2013

Controversies

  • Raje has been attacked several times by opposition for helping Lalit Modi (Founder and Former administrator of IPL). When Lalit Modi faced corruption charges, she helped him fly away from India on the condition of Anonymity.
  • When Congress was in power in the state, BJP criticised Congress for its role in granting mining lease to the companies which were close to Congress, near Aravali Hills of Rajasthan. BJP accused Congress of
    ₹3.4 Lakh Crore Scam. When BJP came to power in 2013, Raje’s government supported and justified lease. This case became more controversial in the media.

Awards

In 2007, she received the Woman Together Award by the United Nations for her services rendered towards self-empowerment of women. In 2017, She was bestowed upon the Best Chief Minister of the Year Award.

Salary/Net Worth

As in 2013, she has ₹32 Lakh as Bank Deposits, ₹1.5 Crore as Bonds, Debentures and Shares in Companies, Jewellery worth more than ₹1 Crore. Her net worth is around ₹4 Crore.

Interesting Facts

  • Biography of Vasundhara Raje named “Vasundhara Raje Aur Vikasit Rajasthan” was written by a historian Vijay Nahar and published by Prabhat Prakashan.

    Vasundhara Raje Biography

    Vasundhara Raje Biography

  • Her sister, Yashodhara Raje Scindia has been a Cabinet Minister in the Vasundhara Raje’s government.
  • Her other sisters, Usha Raje was married in royal Rana family of Nepal and late Padmavati Raje is married to Kirit Deb, last ruling Maharaja of Tripura.
  • She, along with her sisters challenges his brother’s property of ₹20,000 Crore in court, however, her nephew Jyotiraditya Scindia claims himself to be a sole inheritor of the property.
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