Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the first to condole the death of Rajasthan BJP legislator Kiran Maheshwari, who became the latest victim of the coronavirus. She was 59-years-old and availing treatment at a Gurugram hospital.
Maheshwari is the second MLA to succumb to the viral infection. Earlier, a Congress MLA Kailash Vyas also died of COVID-19.
Condoling the death of Maheshwari, PM Modi said on Monday that she had made numerous efforts to work towards the progress of the state, and empower the poor and marginalised.
The Prime Minister’s Office tweeted Modi’s condolence message. It tweeted: “Pained by the untimely demise of Kiran Maheshwari Ji. Be it as MP, MLA or Cabinet Minister in the Rajasthan Government, she made numerous efforts to work towards the progress of the state and empower the poor as well as marginalised. Condolences to her family. Om Shanti.”
Following her demise, the state will now have three bye-elections. These include the seats vacated due to the death of Kailash Vyas and minister Bhanwar Lal Meghwal.
Kiran Maheshwari admitted to hospital on Nov 7
Kiran Maheshwari was flown by an air ambulance on November 7 from Udaipur when her condition deteriorated and was admitted to a Gurugram hospital.
Later, she developed a severe lung infection from which she could not recover.
Kiran Maheshwari’s political career
Kiran Maheshwari, who was born in Ratlam and educated in Mumbai, was married in Udaipur to a businessman Satyanarayan Maheshwari. She started her career as a worker of the Durga Vahini, a Hindu organisation of which she served as the chief between 1987 and 1990. She was also a member of the Rajasthan social welfare board between 1992 and 1995.
A grassroots-level worker, she was active in BJP’s various frontal organisations in Udaipur and in 1994, she became the chairperson of the Udaipur Municipal Council. By 2000, she established herself as a strong leader in the Mewar region and was particularly very popular with the tribal women.
The big break came when she was nominated as a member of the BJP’s national executive and later was made the party’s general secretary in 2004 as she showed organisation skills. Later, she was made the chief of the BJP national women’s wing. She toured around the country to oraganise women and made the BJP Mahila Morcha an effective organisation.
She was elected to the Lok Sabha from Udaipur in 2004 defeating another tall Congress leader Girija Vyas. She excelled as a parliamentarian and participated in debates on key issues. Later, after delimitation when Udaipur became a tribal reserved constituency, she contested the 2008 Vidhan Sabha election and won. As a BJP legislator, she raised a number of issues in the Vidhan Sabha and was admired for her debating skills.
In the year 2009 she was fielded against Sachin Pilot from Ajmer in the Lok Sabha election but lost the poll.
Her political mentor was senior BJP leader and leader of Opposition Gulab Chand Kataria, but she developed differences with him. Yet, by then, she had built clout for herself both in the party and among people and became a force to reckon with in the state BJP.
In 2013, she won again from the Rajsamand seat and became the minister of public health in Vasundhara Raje Cabinet.
Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and various other leaders mourned the death of Maheshwari.
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