Supriya Sule

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Supriya Sule
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Supriya Pawar
Leader of Rashtrawadi Congress Party Lok Sabha
Assumed office
Preceded bySharad Pawar
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
Assumed office
31 May 2009
Preceded bySharad Pawar
Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha
In office
18 September 2006 – 31 May 2009
PresidentA.P.J. Abdul Kalam
Personal details
Supriya Sharad Pawar

(1969-06-30) 30 June 1969 (age 52)
Pune, Maharashtra, India
Political partyNationalist Congress Party
Spouse(s)Sadanand Sule
Parent(s)Sharad Pawar (father)
Pratibha Pawar (mother)
Alma materJai Hind College, Mumbai

Supriya Sule (née Pawar; born 30 June 1969) is an Indian politician from the Nationalist Congress Party and currently a Member of Parliament (MP) in the 17th Lok Sabha representing Baramati. She previously served as an MP in the 15th and 16th Lok Sabhas.

In 2011, she launched a statewide campaign against female foeticide.[1] Recently, she has been honored with Mumbai Women of the Decade Achievers Award by ALL Ladies League for social service.[2]

Early life[edit]

Sule was born to Indian politician and Nationalist Congress Party founder Sharad Pawar and his wife Pratibha Pawar on 30 June 1969 in Pune. She was educated at Jai Hind College in Mumbai, earning a B.Sc. degree in microbiology. She married Sadanand Bhalchandra Sule on 4 March 1991 and is the mother of Vijay (son) and Revati (daughter).[3]

Sadanand Sule is son of Bhalchandra Sule (former Managing Director of Mahindra and Mahindra) and his wife Shashi Bhatt (badminton player). Shashi was the daughter of M. D. Bhatt, an Indian Civil Service officer who served as the Chief Secretary of Bombay State. Shashi died of cancer in the year 1964 while Sadanand was two years old. Bhalchandra Sule later married Anne. Bhalchandra died in 2003. After the 2019 Maharashtra Legislative Assembly election, when the coalition government of Maha Vikas Aghadi was formed in Maharashtra, rumours surfaced on internet which claimed that Sadanand's mother was "Sudha Sule", who was claimed to be the sister of Bal Thackeray.[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 Mumbai.

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

In 2012, under the leadership of Sule, the wing named Rashtravadi Yuvati Congress was formed to give platform to young girls in politics. For past several months, several rallies have been organised all over Maharashtra which focused on female fetus abortion, dowry system and women empowerment in general.[citation needed]

IPL allegations[edit]

In April 2010, Sule denied allegations of financial links between her family and the Indian Premier League (IPL), 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 for IPL matches.[9][10][11][12]

In June 2010, The 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.[13]


  1. ^ "Supriya Sule to launch statewide campaign against female foeticide". Daily Bhaskar. Archived from the original on 16 August 2011. Retrieved 30 August 2011.
  2. ^ "Women of the Decade". Archived from the original on 7 January 2014. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  3. ^ "Supriya Sule - Biography". Archived from the original on 31 October 2011. Retrieved 30 August 2011.
  4. ^ "Are Supriya Sule & Bal Thackeray Related? No, Just a Viral Hoax". The Quint. 2 December 2019. Retrieved 8 April 2021.
  5. ^ Jog, Sanjay (11 June 2010). "Business Standard". Business Standard India. Archived from the original on 7 June 2011. Retrieved 30 August 2011.
  6. ^ "Rajya Sabha members". Archived from the original on 9 January 2010. Retrieved 31 December 2009.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 22 April 2010. Retrieved 22 April 2010.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "Kochi IPL row: Shashi Tharoor resigns, PM accepts". The Times of India. 19 April 2010. Archived from the original on 11 August 2011.
  9. ^ "Pawar's son-in-law holds 10% in MSM". The Times Of India. 22 April 2010. Archived from the original on 26 April 2010. Retrieved 22 April 2010.
  10. ^ "Pawar's daughter fights IPL allegations". NDTV. 22 April 2010.
  11. ^ "My family has no connection with IPL: Supriya Sule". Hindustan Times. 20 April 2010.
  12. ^ "We have nothing to do with any IPL bid, says Supriya Sule". PTI. India Today. 4 June 2010.
  13. ^ "Pawar Family holds 16 in IPL bidder". Economic Times - India Times. 4 June 2010.

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Lok Sabha
Preceded by Member of Parliament
for Baramati