Poonam Mahajan

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Poonam Mahajan Rao
Member of the India Parliament
for Mumbai North Central
Assumed office
16 May 2014
Preceded by Priya Dutt
Majority 1,86,771 (22.09%)
National President of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha
Assumed office
16 December 2016
Preceded by Anurag Thakur
Personal details
Born (1980-12-09) 9 December 1980 (age 36)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Nationality Indian
Political party Bharatiya Janata Party
Parents Pramod Mahajan (father, deceased)
Rekha Mahajan (mother)
Residence Mumbai

Poonam Mahajan alias Poonam Vajendla Rao[1] (born 9 December 1980) is a Member of Parliament[2] from Mumbai North Central and a politician of the BJP. She appointed as President of Bhartiya Janta Party Yuva Morcha [BJYM] in December 2016,[3] Youth Wing of Bhartiya Janta Party [BJP]. She is also the President of the Basketball Federation of India for which she is the first women President.[4]

Early life[edit]

She was born in Mumbai to Rekha Mahajan and the late Pramod Mahajan leader of Bharatiya Janata Party. Her brother is Rahul Mahajan. She along with her brother studied abroad in the United States[citation needed] and lived in London, England.[citation needed] They still maintain a residence in the United Kingdom.[citation needed]


Following her father's murder in 2006, Poonam Mahajan joined the Bharatiya Janata Party as a member of the party, with the encouragement[citation needed] of her uncle late Gopinath Munde, himself an ex-Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra state. Now she's the national secretary of Bharatiya Janata Party[citation needed]

In the run up to the Lok Sabha elections she made efforts to register new and young voters in south Mumbai[citation needed] and subsequently expected to get the LS ticket from that area.[citation needed]

Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha is the youth wing of the parent body and as per internal constitution it elects/selects new team after every 3–5 years. Mahajan was made National Vice President of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha in August 2010.

She contested the 2014 Indian general election from Mumbai North Central.[5] and won with a margin of 1.86 lakh votes in one of the biggest upsets in this Lok Sabha elections in Maharashtra. She defeated her nearest rival and two-time MP Priya Dutt of the Congress.

Personal life[edit]

She is married to Anand Rao Vejandla, an industrialist from Hyderabad. They have one son Aadya Rao Vajandla & daughter Avika Rao Vajandla.[6]

Positions held[edit]

Within BJP[edit]


  • Member, Member of Parliament - Since May 2014
  • 1 Sep. 2014 onwards Member, Standing Committee on Urban Development
  • 8 Dec. 2014 onwards Member, Committee on Private Members` Bills[7]
  • 8 Dec. 2014 onwards Resolutions Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Finance and Corporate Affairs[8]

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