Chandrani Murmu, an engineering graduate and Biju Janata Dal candidate has written a success story for herself at an age of 25. Hailing from Odisha, Murmu is now the youngest Member of Parliament to the 17th Lok Sabha. Chandrani now represents tribal-dominated Keonjhar.
Murmu who is to be 26 years in a month was elected as MP from the Keonjhar seat in Odisha. She alone bagged 5.26 lakh votes while her competitor Nayak got 4.60 lakh votes.
Chandrani, granddaughter of a former MP, added that she wants to put her best foot forward in meeting the expectations by the youth and women besides the tribals in her region. Addresing the media, she said she is pretty much focussed on delivering the much-needed results rather than making promises.
Addressing growing unemployment, Chandrani plans to increase the process of establishing industries in her region so that people can have steady jobs.
“It is unfortunate that employment crisis is high in a mineral-rich district like Keonjhar. I would represent the youth and women of my state at the Centre,” she said.
For the unversed, Chandrani was fielded against two-time MP from BJP Ananta Nayak, who was trounced by a margin of 66,203 votes.
She told that she was looking for a job after being done with her graduation but then her life took a U-turn as she ended up being a Lok Sabha candidate.
The 17th Lok Sabha now has the highest number of women MPs in the parliament with 78 women MPs out of 542 seats. Out of these 78 MPs, 7 women MPs are from Odisha.