Mrinal Gore

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Mrinal Gore (c. 24 June 1928 – 17 July 2012, Vasai) was a veteran socialist leader of India, and was a member of the Parliament of India. She died on 17 July 2012 at the age of around 83. Her death was mourned by Prime Minister of India Manmohan Singh and many other Indians.[1][2]

She earned the sobriquet Paaniwali Bai (water lady) for her effort to bring drinking water supply to Goregaon, a North Mumbai suburb.[3] She led many protests along with her contemporaries Ahilya Rangnekar and Pramila Dandavate.[3] She was the leader of opposition in Maharashtra Legislative Assembly[3] and elected to 6th Lok Sabha from Mumbai North (Lok Sabha constituency) in 1977. When she was elected MP in 1977, the same election that Indira Gandhi lost, the popular slogan was Paaniwali bai Dilli mein, Dilliwali bai paani mein, meaning the water lady (Mrinal) has reached Delhi (Parliament) but the Delhi lady (Indira Gandhi) is in the water. She declined the offer of Health Ministry by then Prime Minister Morarji Desai. She is survived by her daughter Anjali Vartak.[3]


  1. ^ "PM condoles Gore's death". The Business Standard. Retrieved 17 July 2012. 
  2. ^ Frontline Article on Mrinal Gore
  3. ^ a b c d "Veteran social activist Mrinal Gore passes away". The Hindu. 18 July 2012. Retrieved 18 July 2012. 
Preceded by
Leader of the Opposition in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly Succeeded by
Preceded by
MP of 6th Lok Sabha for North Mumbai (Maharashtra)
Succeeded by