Niranjan Jyoti

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Niranjan Jyoti
Minister of State Food Processing Industries
Assumed office
8 November 2014
Member of Parliament for Fatehpur
Assumed office
16 May 2014
Preceded by Rakesh Sachan
Personal details
Born 1967[1]
Patewra, Hamirpur, Uttar Pradesh
Political party Bharatiya Janata Party
Residence Gausganj Moosanagar, Kanpur Dehat, Uttar Pradesh
Profession Kathavahchak (Religious storyteller)

Niranjan Jyoti, more commonly known as Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti (born 1967; Hindi: साध्वी निरंजन ज्योति) is an Indian politician belonging to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). She was appointed the Minister of State for Food Processing Industries in November 2014.[2]

She represents the Fatehpur constituency, Uttar Pradesh, in the Lok Sabha, after winning in the 2014 general election.[3] She also represents the Hamirpur constituency in the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly after winning in the 2012 election.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Niranjan Jyoti was born in 1967 in the village of Patewra, in Hamirpur district, Uttar Pradesh.[4] Her father was Achyutanand and mother was Shiv Kali Devi.[1][3] She was born in a Nishad-caste family.[2]

On 14 June 2014, one man called Bhanu Patel and his three accomplishes fired at Jyoti as she was returning from a function in Avas Vikas Colony, Lucknow. She escaped unhurt but her bodyguard was injured.[5]

Personal views and controversies[edit]

On 1 December 2014,[6] she stated at a public rally, "It is you whom must decide whether the government in Delhi will be run by the sons of Rama (raamzaade) or by bastards (haraamzaade)" referring to the members of the opposition party, Indian National Congress.[7] The statement caused an uproar in the Parliament.[8] She subsequently expressed regret over her statements and offered to apologize.[6]