Selja Kumari

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Kumari Selja
The Union Minister for Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation and Culture, Kumari Selja addressing at a workshop on Vivekananda Memorial Programme for Museum Excellence.jpg
Kumari Selja bhankhor in 2011
Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment
In office
May 2009 – May 2014
Preceded byMeira Kumar
Succeeded byThawar Chand Gehlot
Minister of Tourism
In office
28 May 2009 – 19 January 2011
Preceded byAmbika Soni
Succeeded bySubodh Kant Sahay
MP of Rajya Sabha for Haryana
Assumed office
10 April 2014
Personal details
Born (1962-09-24) 24 September 1962 (age 56)
Parbhuwala, Hisar District, Haryana, India
Political partyIndian National Congress
ResidenceHissar, Haryana

Selja Kumari (born 24 September 1962) is an Indian politician. She is a member of the Upper House of Indian Parliament. She was elected on 10th April 2014 and will retire from on 9th April 2020. Prior to this she 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]

Kumari Selja in her office after taking over the charge as the Union Minister of Urban Employment & Poverty Alleviation in New Delhi on May 24, 2004

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. On 28 May 2009, she became the Minister of Tourism and visited Monaco later that year to improve India-Monaco relations.


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 Bhankhor 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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Lok Sabha
Preceded by
Het Ram
Member of Parliament
for Sirsa

1991 – 1998
Succeeded by
Sushil Kumar Indora
Preceded by
Rattan Lal Kataria
Member of Parliament
for Ambala

2004 – 2014
Succeeded by
Rattan Lal Kataria
Rajya Sabha
Preceded by
Ram Prakash
Member of Parliament
for Rajya Sabha Haryana

2014 - present
Political offices
Preceded by
Meira Kumar
Union Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation
22 May 2009 - 26 May 2014
Succeeded by
Thawar Chand Gehlot
Preceded by
Ambika Soni
Union Minister of Tourism
28 May 2009 – 19 January 2011
Succeeded by
Subodh Kant Sahay