Supriya Sule

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Supriya Sule
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
Assumed office
Preceded bySharad Pawar
Leader of Nationalist Congress Party
Lok Sabha
In office
2014 (2014) – 7 February 2024
National President Nationalist Congress PartySharad Pawar
Preceded bySharad Pawar
National Working President
Nationalist Congress Party
In office
10 June 2023 – 7 February 2024
National President Nationalist Congress PartySharad Pawar
In-charge for State
Preceded byPosition Established
Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha
In office
18 September 2006 – 31 May 2009
Personal details
Supriya Sharad Pawar

(1969-06-30) 30 June 1969 (age 54)
Pune, Maharashtra, India
Political partyNationalist Congress Party (Sharadchandra Pawar)
SpouseSadanand Sule
ChildrenVijay Sule(son) & Revati sule(daughter)
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, Lok Sabha representing Baramati since 2009, leader of Nationalist Congress Party in Lok Sabha since 2014 and the Working National President of Nationalist Congress Party since 2023. Previously, she served as the Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha from Maharashtra from 2006 to 2009. In 2011, she launched a state-wide 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. She is the daughter of Sharad Pawar, chief of Nationalist Congress Party (SCP). [2] [3]

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, achieving a B.Sc. degree in microbiology.

Political career[edit]

Sule was elected to the Rajya Sabha in the September 2006 intake from Maharashtra[4] 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.[5]

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.[6]

Sule is known for her exemplary parliamentary engagement as a member of the Lok Sabha, with her emerging as one of the Best Performers In Lok Sabha on multiple occasions.[7]

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 to Shashi Tharoor, India's Minister of State for External Affairs to resign.[8][9] 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.[10][11][12][13]

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.[14]

Personal life[edit]

She married Sadanand Bhalchandra Sule on 4 March 1991. They have one son - Vijay and one daughter - Revati.[15] 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.[16]


  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. ^ "Sharad Pawar Announces Praful Patel, Supriya Sule NCP Working Presidents". NDTV. 10 June 2023.
  3. ^ "Praful Patel and Supriya Sule to be working presidents of NCP, declares Sharad Pawar". Times of India. 10 June 2023.
  4. ^ "Rajya Sabha members". Archived from the original on 9 January 2010. Retrieved 31 December 2009.
  5. ^ "Supriya Sule to launch statewide campaign against female foeticide". DNA India. Retrieved 10 July 2022.
  6. ^ "Young, female and a march ahead - Indian Express". Retrieved 10 July 2022.
  7. ^ "MP Supriya Sule Emerges As Best Performer In Lok Sabha Second Time - SheThePeople TV". Retrieved 10 July 2022.
  8. ^ "Supriya Sule: My family has no IPL links". Archived from the original on 22 April 2010. Retrieved 22 April 2010.
  9. ^ "Kochi IPL row: Shashi Tharoor resigns, PM accepts". The Times of India. 19 April 2010. Archived from the original on 11 August 2011.
  10. ^ "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.
  11. ^ "Pawar's daughter fights IPL allegations". NDTV. 22 April 2010.
  12. ^ "My family has no connection with IPL: Supriya Sule". Hindustan Times. 20 April 2010.
  13. ^ "We have nothing to do with any IPL bid, says Supriya Sule". PTI. India Today. 4 June 2010.
  14. ^ "Pawar Family holds 16 in IPL bidder". Economic Times - India Times. 4 June 2010.
  15. ^ "Supriya Sule - Biography". Archived from the original on 31 October 2011. Retrieved 30 August 2011.
  16. ^ Jog, Sanjay (11 June 2010). "Business Standard". Business Standard India. Archived from the original on 7 June 2011. Retrieved 30 August 2011.

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