Sarojini Jugnauth

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The Right Honourable
Lady Jugnauth
First Lady of Mauritius
In role
7 October 2003 – 31 March 2012
Preceded by Marie Rose Danielle Offmann
Succeeded by Aneetah Purryag
Spouse of the Prime Minister of Mauritius
In office
14 December 2014 – 23 January 2017
Preceded by Veena Ramgoolam
Succeeded by Kobita Jugnauth
In office
12 September 2000 – 7 October 2003
Preceded by Veena Ramgoolam
Succeeded by Arriane Bérenger
In office
30 June 1982 – 15 December 1995
Preceded by Lady Sushil Ramgoolam
Succeeded by Veena Ramgoolam
Personal details
Born Sarojini Ballah
(1939-04-20) 20 April 1939 (age 78)
Quatre Bornes, Mauritius
Political party Militant Socialist Movement
Spouse(s) Sir Anerood Jugnauth

Pravind Jugnauth
Shalini Jugnauth (now Mrs. Malhotra)

Residence La Caverne, Vacoas
Occupation Teacher, Spouse of Prime Minister, First Lady

Sarojini Ballah, The Right Honorable Lady Jugnauth (commonly known as Lady Sarojini Jugnauth), a former Spouse of the Prime Minister of Mauritius is the wife of Sir Anerood Jugnauth. She previously held the position from 1982 to 1995 and from 2000 to 2003, most recent from 2014 to 2017. She was the First Lady of Mauritius from 2003 to 2012 when her husband served as President of the country. She is a primary school teacher by profession and is the mother of Shalini Malhotra and Pravind Jugnauth.

She took an active role in social activities being the patron of various charitable organizations and also participates in various political activities in support of her family and party. Over the years, she generally retained a high approval rate as wife of the prime minister. She became a subject of controversy in 1992 when the bank of Mauritius issued a Rs. 20 note with her effigy on it. The inauguration of the note was done by her husband and other members of the government. While members of the opposition fiercely attacked the prime minister and his government of conducting dictatorial politics. It was later discovered to be a birthday gift of Sir Anerood to her. Due to various pressure from other political parties and impopularity of then government, the note was subsequently removed from circulation while prime minister Jugnauth apologized in parliament stating that it was a mistake for which he was terribly sorry. The government collapsed in 1995 after losing the general electionsl.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Sarojini Ballah married Sir Anerood Jugnauth on 18 December 1957, she has two children, Shalini (now Mrs. Malhotra) and Pravind who is the former Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance and Economic Development. She is the grandmother of five grandchildren that is Anusha, Divya, Sonika, Sonali and Sara.


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