Neena Verma

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Neena Vikram Verma
Member of the Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly
for Dhar
In office
8 December 2013 (2013-12-08) – Incumbent
Personal details
Born (1960-10-19) 19 October 1960 (age 53)
Ajmer, Rajasthan, India
Political party Bharatiya Janata Party
Spouse(s) Vikram Verma
Children 3 daughters
Residence Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India
Religion Hinduism

Neena Vikram Verma (Hindi pronunciation: [nina ʋɪkrəm ʋrma]; born 19 October 1960) is an Indian politician from Madhya Pradesh state. She is a member of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). She is a Member of the Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly for Dhar Vidhan Sabha Constituency. Her husband Vikram Verma is a senior BJP politician and former cabinet minister.

Political career[edit]

Verma ran on the BJP ticket in the 2008 Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly Election from Dhar Vidhan Sabha Constituency. Balmukund Goutam of Indian National Congress won the seat by two votes in the first vote count; he received 50,507 votes against Verma's 50,505. Verma and her party requested to recount the votes, and she was declared winner by a margin of only one vote.[1] The final tally of votes was 50,510 to 50,509.[2]

Goutam challenged Verma's election and the recounting process in the Madhya Pradesh High Court in 2009. He petitioned that there was a misconduct in counting the postal votes. The Indore Bench of High Court ruled in favour of Goutam on 19 October 2012, and declared Verma's election void on the grounds of non-compliance of the provisions of the Representation of Peoples Act.[1] Verma filled a recrimination petition against the eligibility of Goutam that he did not reveal his criminal background in his affidavit at the time of filing his nomination for the assembly election in 2008, leading to the violation of section 33 (A) and section 123 of Representation of the People Act.[3] However, the Bench rejected the petition on 23 November 2012.[4] Goutam was declared elected by the Court on 14 August 2013 and took his oath of office on 24 September 2013.[5][6]

The BJP gave ticket to Verma to contest from Dhar Constituency in the 2013 state assembly election, held on 25 November.[7] Her main opponent was Balmukund Goutam, whom she defeated with a margin of 11,482 votes.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Verma is married to senior BJP politician, former leader of opposition in the Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly and former Union Cabinet Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Vikram Verma.[9] She owns 2.592 ha (6.40 acres) land in Dhar as per an affidavit submitted by her husband while filing a nomination for Rajya Sabha in 2006.[10] She resides in Bangiey Bhopal, Bhopal, capital city of Madhya Pradesh.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Dhar BJP MLA's Election Void: HC". The Hindustan Times (Indore: via HighBeam Research). 20 October 2012. Retrieved 5 November 2013.   – via HighBeam Research (subscription required)
  2. ^ "State Elections 2008 – Dhar — Madhya Pradesh". Eci.nic.in. Election Commission of India. Retrieved 5 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "Neena Verma challenges Gatuam's candidature in HC". The Times of India (Indore). Times News Network. 22 November 2012. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "HC dismisses amendment plea of Neena Verma". The Times of India (Indore). Times News Network. 24 November 2012. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "Madhya Pradesh Pollmeter: Never too late". The Hindu. 5 November 2013. Retrieved 5 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "MP HC declares Cong candidate Balmukund Singh winner from Dhar". CNN-IBN. Press Trust of India. 14 August 2013. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "The one-vote loser Neena Verma back". The Times of India (Bhopal). Times News Network. 1 November 2013. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  8. ^ "Constituency Wise Result Status – Madhya Pradesh – Dhar". Eciresults.ap.nic.in. Election Commission of India. 8 December 2013. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  9. ^ "Many relatives of BJP leaders elected to MP Assembly". Zee News. 19 December 2008. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  10. ^ "Sushma wealthiest among BJP candidates". Hindustan Times (Bhopal). 14 March 2006. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  11. ^ "State Elections 2008 – List of Contesting Candidates". Eci.nic.in. Election Commission of India. Retrieved 6 November 2013.