Selja Kumari

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Selja Kumari
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Kumari Selja in 2011
Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment
In office
May 2009 – May 2014
Preceded by Meira Kumar
Succeeded by Thawar Chand Gehlot
MP of Rajya Sabha for Haryana
Assumed office
10 April 2014
Constituency Haryana
Personal details
Born (1962-09-24) 24 September 1962 (age 55)
Parbhuwala, Hissar
Political party Indian National Congress
Residence Hissar, Haryana

Selja Kumari (born 24 September 1962) was a member of the 15th Lok Sabha of India as a member of the Indian National Congress (INC) political party. She was the cabinet minister at the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment in the United Progressive Alliance Government during the 15th Lok Sabha.[1] She resigned in January 2014.[2]

Early life[edit]

Selja Kumari was born in Parbhuwala Hisar to Chaudhary Dalbir Singh. She studied at the Convent of Jesus and Mary, New Delhi and did her M.A. and M.Phil. from Panjab University.[3]

Political career[edit]

She began her political career in the Mahila Congress becoming its President in 1990. She was elected to the 10th Lok Sabha in 1991 from Sirsa in Haryana. She was Union Minister of State for Education and Culture in the Narasimha Rao-led Congress government. Despite the Congress debacle in Haryana in 1996, she was re-elected to the 11th Lok Sabha.

Kumari Selja Presenting Certificate of Commendation to Dr. G. Dewan on First Chandigarh Crafts Mela

In 2004, she was elected to the Lok Sabha representing the Ambala constituency of Haryana. She was Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation in the Manmohan Singh-led UPA government.On 16 May 2009, she was once again re-elected from the same constituency, making this her second consecutive victory from Ambala and was given an elevation to Cabinet rank holding portfolios of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation and Culture.


In March 2011, Union Tourism Minister Kumari Selja has been issued notices by the Punjab and Haryana High Court over a petition that has accused her of "forgery, criminal intimidation, fabrication and hatching a criminal conspiracy". The petitioner, advocate B S Chahar, has alleged that Selja, who was "instrumental in instigating leaders and members of the Balmiki community against Jat leaders in Mirchpur case", tried to save herself from a litigation by pressurising the undertrials and forcing them to sign "blank and non judicial papers".[4]


  1. ^ "Meet the Ministers - Cabinet Minister". 
  2. ^ "President accepts resignation of Kumari Selja from the Council of Ministers". Press Bureau of India. Retrieved 29 January 2014. 
  3. ^ Detailed Profile: Kumari Selja Govt. of Indian portal.
  4. ^ "HC notice to Kumari Selja for 'threatening' Mirchpur accused". The Indian Express. 11 March 2011. Retrieved 22 April 2012. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation
2009 - present
Preceded by
Minister of Tourism