Sumitra Mahajan
16th Speaker of the Lok Sabha
In office
6 June 2014 – 17 June 2019
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
Deputy SpeakerM. Thambidurai
Leader of the HouseNarendra Modi
Preceded byMeira Kumar
Succeeded byOm Birla
Union Minister of State, Government of India
In office
October 1999 – May 2004
Prime MinisterAtal Bihari Vajpayee
Petroleum and Natural GasMarch 2003 - May 2004
Communication and Information TechnologyJune 2002 - May 2003
Human Resource DevelopmentOctober 1999 - June 2002
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
In office
Preceded byPrakash Chandra Sethi
Succeeded byShankar Lalwani
Deputy Mayor, Municipal Corporation, Indore
In office
Personal details
Sumitra Sathe

(1943-04-12) 12 April 1943 (age 80)
Chiplun, Bombay Presidency, British India (present-day Maharashtra, India)
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
Other political
National Democratic Alliance
SpouseJayant Mahajan
Children2 sons
  • Purushotam Neelkanth Sathe (father)
  • Usha Sathe (mother)
Alma materIndore University
AwardsPadma Bhushan (2021)
Political offices

Sumitra Mahajan (née Sathe; born 12 April 1943)[1] is an Indian politician who was the Speaker of Lok Sabha, the lower house of the Indian Parliament from 2014 to 2019.[2] She belongs to Bharatiya Janata Party. She represented the Indore constituency of Madhya Pradesh from 1989 to 2019 as the longest serving Woman Member of Parliament,[3]

She also served for as a Union Minister of State from 1999 to 2004, holding the portfolios for Human Resource Development, Communications and Information Technology and Petroleum and Natural Gas.[4] She also held position of Chairperson of Standing Committee on Social Justice and Empowerment (2004-2009) and Standing Committee on Rural Development (2009-2014).[5] She was the eldest and seniormost among woman Members of Parliament in the 16th Lok Sabha. She is the second woman after Meira Kumar to be elected as the Speaker of the Lok Sabha. She was awarded India's third highest civilian award the Padma Bhushan in 2021.[6][7]

Early life and education

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Sumitra Mahajan was born in a Chitpavan Brahmin Marathi family to Usha and Purushottam Sathe in Chiplun, Maharashtra. She received her MA and LLB from Indore University (now Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya) after marrying Jayant Mahajan of Indore. Sumitra Mahajan's hobbies include reading, music, drama and cinema as well as an enthusiasm for singing. She has acknowledged the 18th century queen Ahilyabai Holkar as the inspirational figure throughout her life and has written a book on Ahilyabai Holkar's life journey 'Matoshree' which was unveiled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2017.

Political career

Sumitra Mahajan started her political career as a corporator in the Indore Municipal Corporation in 1982. She was later elected as Deputy Mayor of Indore Municipal Corporation in 1984. She ran for the first time and won the Lok Sabha elections in 1989, against former Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Prakash Chandra Sethi. She is popularly known as Tai, among people of her constituency.[4]

Speaker of the Lok Sabha

On 6 June 2014, Mahajan was unanimously elected as the Speaker of the 16th Lok Sabha.[2] She had earlier worked as a member of the 'Panel of Chairmen' in the Lok Sabha.[8][9][10] She took the step of suspending 25 Congress MPs for five days (August 2015) from House for indiscipline in the House.[11]


Former chairperson of Indore-based Maharashtra Brahmin Cooperative Bank Anil Kumar Dhadwaiwale alleged Sumitra Mahajan and her son Milind Mahajan's roles were crucial in the scams that took place in the bank between 1997 and 2003.[13] Sumitra Mahajan was a minister in the Central Government during this period.

Milind Mahajan was one of the directors of the bank when the alleged scam took place. In 2005, an FIR in the scam was lodged at Central Kotwali Police Station, Indore against 16 persons including Milind Mahajan. But it was removed after the investigation. Many directors including, Sumitra Mahajan's Private Secretary's husband also obtained the loan. But did not pay.[14]


  1. ^ "Sumitra Mahajan (Tai) - National Portal of India". Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Sumitra Mahajan elected Lok Sabha Speaker". The Times of India. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  3. ^ "Sumitra Mahajan elected Lok Sabha Speaker | India News - Times of India". The Times of India.
  4. ^ a b "Fifteenth Lok Sabha - Members Bioprofile". Archived from the original on 18 May 2014. Retrieved 18 May 2014.
  5. ^ "Members : Lok Sabha".
  6. ^ "Padma Awards 2021 announced". Ministry of Home Affairs. Retrieved 26 January 2021.
  7. ^ "Shinzo Abe, Tarun Gogoi, Ram Vilas Paswan among Padma Award winners: Complete list". The Times of India. 25 January 2021. Retrieved 25 January 2021.
  8. ^ "BJP Leader Sumitra Mahajan Elected Speaker of Lok Sabha". Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  9. ^ " CNN-News18 Breaking News India, Latest News Headlines, Live News Updates". Archived from the original on 7 June 2014. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  10. ^ "". Archived from the original on 27 September 2014.
  11. ^ "Speaker Sumitra Mahajan suspends 25 Congress MPs for 5 days". Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  12. ^ "Ex-LS Speakers hold round table discussion on National Legislators' Conference". Deccan Herald. 8 November 2022. Retrieved 4 February 2023.
  13. ^ "Former head of Brahmin Co- op Bank takes Tai for task".
  14. ^ "Arrest warrants against 14 MBSBL directors". 20 January 2007.

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Lok Sabha Preceded byPrakash Chandra Sethi Member of Parliamentfor Indore 1989 – 2019 Succeeded byShankar Lalwani Political offices Preceded byMeira Kumar Speaker of the Lok Sabha 2014 – 2019 Succeeded byOm Birla