From an engineering student to becoming a lawmaker, 25-year-old Chandrani Murmu’s journey is no less than a fairy tale. Until a few months ago her aim was to either become a probationary officer in a bank or an assistant section officer in the Odisha government or a mechanical engineer in a private company.
But in a twist of fate, she has become the youngest Member of Parliament to the 17th Lok Sabha. Chandrani Murmu represents tribal-dominated Keonjhar.
Chandrani, was pitted against two-time MP from BJP Ananta Nayak, who was defeated by a margin of 66,203 votes. She likely to be sworn in as MP before turning 26 on July 16.
Until now, the record of the youngest parliamentarian in the country was held by 26-year-old Dushyant Chautala, who was elected to the 16th Lok Sabha from Hisar seat. He is the founder of the Jannayak Janta Party and grand son of well-known Haryana politician Om Prakash Chautala.
Chandrani not only stunned the nation by defeating a seasoned BJP politician at the age of 25 but also planned her target for the next five years with the aim to uplift the people in her ‘mineral rich’ constituency.
Chandrani, a greenhorn in politics, reportedly says she would like to come up to the expectations pinned on her by the youth and women besides the tribals in her region. She is clear on developing a mechanism to accelerate the delivery of results, instead of making tall promises that cannot be kept.
Speaking to the media, Chandrani Murmu said her major focus was on generating employment in her region, and that she would not leave any stone unturned to accelerate setting up of new industries.
The Keonjhar Lok Sabha constituency has sent non-Congress MPs nine times to Parliament. The Congress had won the seat six times and BJP won thrice when in alliance with BJD from 1998 to 2004.