Former BJP Jayawantiben Mehta passes away
BJP leader Jayawantiben Mehta was in the Vajpayee government
BJP leader Jayawantiben Mehta, who has been a minister in the Vajpayee government from a period of 1996 to 1999, passed away here today after her brief illness.
She was 78. Mehta rose in the BJP ranks to become a corporator, legislator and an MP who had defeated late Murli Deora from South Mumbai Lok Sabha constituency.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, in his condolence message, has described her as a grassroots worker and leader. Jayawantiben was a mass leader of the BJP-Janasangh and taught me the leadership in public service, BJP MP Kirit Somaiya said.
The cremation of the former Minister of State for Power, who had died at 1.25 AM, will take place at 5.30 PM today at the Shivaji Park crematorium, Maharashtra BJP spokesperson Keshav Upadhyehas said.
After her foray in politics in the year 1962, Mehta was elected cooperator in 1968 and thene reelected for another term. During the Emergency in 1975, she was also imprisoned for 19 months.
Her journey in the Indian politics
In 1978, she has been elected to the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly and she has served two terms up to 1985. In 1980, she became a member of the BJP national executive and in 1988, was made the party’s Secretary. In 1989, she was first elected to the Lok Sabha and then reelected in 1996 and 1999.
She has also represented the Mumbai North East constituency in the 9th Lok Sabha in the year 1989 and Mumbai South constituency in the 11th and 13th Lok Sabha in 1996 and 1999. She has further served as President of Mahila Morcha of BJP (1991–1995) and also as Vice President of BJP (1993–1995).
We wish her soul rest in peace, and acknowledge her work and participation in the Indian government. Her works would be definitely remembered in the Indian history.