Supriya Sule

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{{Infobox Indian politician

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|honorific-suffix = |image = |imagesize = |caption = |order = |office =Member of the Indian Parliament
for Baramati |term_start = October 2009 |term_end = |constituency = | predecessor = Sharad Pawar | successor = |birth_date = (1969-06-30) 30 June 1969 (age 47) |birth_place = Pune, Maharashtra, India |birth_name = Supriya Sharad Pawar |nationality = Indian |party = Nationalist Congress Party |spouse = Sadanand Bhalchandra Sule |parents = Sharad Pawar (father) Pratibha Pawar (mother) |children = Vijay and Revati |residence = |alma_mater = Jai Hind College, Mumbai |cabinet = |committees = |portfolio = |religion = Hindu }} Supriya Sharad Pawar Sadanand Bhalchandra Sule is an Indian politician from the Nationalist Congress Party and currently a Member of Parliament (MP) in the 16th Lok Sabha (India's house of elected representatives). She is the daughter of the President of the Nationalist Congress Party, Sharad Pawar. In 2009, she contested the elections for the Baramati Lok Sabha constituency and won. This constituency was previously represented by her father. She was a Member of Parliament, representing Maharashtra in the Rajya Sabha.

In 2011, she launched a statewide campaign against female foeticide.[2] Recently, she has been honored with Mumbai Women of the Decade Achievers Award by ALL Ladies League for her outstanding contribution to social service.[3]

Early life[edit]

Born to Sharad and Pratibha Sharadchandra Pawar on 30 June 1969 at Pune.She was educated at Jai Hind College in Mumbai, learning a B.Sc. degree in Microbiology. She married Sadanand Bhalchandra Sule on 4 March 1991. She is the mother of Vijay (son) and Revati (daughter).[4]

After marriage she spent some time in California, where she studied water pollution at UC Berkeley. Subsequently she moved to Indonesia and Singapore and then returned to Mumbai.[5]


Sule was elected to the Rajya Sabha in the September 2006 intake from Maharashtra[6] and is a trustee of the Nehru Centre in Bombay.

She led the state level campaign against female foeticide. The campaign included padayatras, college events, competitions etc.

In 2012, under the leadership of Supriya Sule the wing named Rashtravadi Yuvati Congress is formed to give platform to young girls in politics. For past several months the several rallies has been organised all over Maharashtra which focused on female foetus abortion, dowry system and women empowerment in general.

IPL Allegations[edit]

In April 2010, Sule denied allegations of financial links between her family and IPL (India's largest cricket league body), when reports on IPL irregularities in its ownership and functioning surfaced and led India's Minister of State for External Affairs to resign.[7][8] However, there were reports that her husband owned (via a Power of Attorney from his father) 10% of a firm that had exclusive multi-year broadcasting rights IPL matches.[9]

In June 2010, Economic Times, India's largest business newspaper, reported that Sharad Pawar and Supriya Sule owned 16.22 percent of a firm that had bid for the Pune franchise of IPL. She had previously stated, "I say with full conviction that my husband or my family has nothing to do with these issues (the IPL bids) ... We always stay miles away from it. Yes, we are avid cricket watchers, my husband, my kids, my family, all, and that's where the buck stops." When challenged on this, she said she was just a minority shareholder and cannot be responsible for the firm's actions.[10]


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  2. ^ "Supriya Sule to launch statewide campaign against female foeticide". Daily Bhaskar. Retrieved 30 August 2011. 
  3. ^ "Women of the Decade". 
  4. ^ "Supriya Sule - Biography.". Retrieved 30 August 2011. 
  5. ^ "Business Standard". Retrieved 30 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "Rajya Sabha members". Retrieved 2009-12-31. 
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  8. ^ "Kochi IPL row: Shashi Tharoor resigns, PM accepts". The Times Of India. 19 April 2010. 
  9. ^ "Pawar's son-in-law holds 10% in MSM". The Times Of India. 22 April 2010. 
  10. ^ "Pawar Family holds 16 in IPL bidder". Economic Times - India Times. 4 June 2010. 

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