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Chandira Priyanga Becomes Puducherry’s First Woman Minister After 41 Years

Puducherry: Puducherry got its first woman minister in over four decades with the induction of AINRC legislator Chandira Priyanga in the N Rangasamy-led coalition cabinet on June 27. “My aim is to educate and inspire youth for jobs. There is no difference between women and men and I will prove it with my work,” Chandira… Continue reading Chandira Priyanga Becomes Puducherry’s First Woman Minister After 41 Years

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Chandira Priyanga at the oath taking ceremony in Puducherry-(Photo: @LGov_Puducherry/Twitter)

Puducherry: Puducherry got its first woman minister in over four decades with the induction of AINRC legislator Chandira Priyanga in the N Rangasamy-led coalition cabinet on June 27.

“My aim is to educate and inspire youth for jobs. There is no difference between women and men and I will prove it with my work,” Chandira said.

This is the first induction of a woman member in the cabinet after 41 years, with Priyanga being chosen by Rangasamy, who was sworn-in as CM on May 7.

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Late Congress leader Renuka Appadurai was the last woman minister from the UT during 1980-83 and handled the Education portfolio in the M D R Ramachandran (DMK)-led coalition ministry.

Along with her, A Namassivayam, K Lakshminarayanan, C Djeacoumar, Chandira Priyanga and A K Sai J Saravana Kumar were sworn in as ministers by Lt Governor Tamilisai Soundarajan in front of the Raj Nivas at 2.30 pm.

Lakshminarayanan, Djeacoumar and Priyanga represent lead partner AINRC, while Namassivayam and Saravana Kumar are from its ally BJP.

This is the first time the saffron party is part of a Ministry in the Union Territory.

Earlier Chief Minister N Rangasamy on June 23 submitted the list of members to be included in his ministry, to Soundararajan, which was subsequently approved by the President.

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The AINRC-led NDA had swept the April 6 Assembly polls in this union territory.

AINRC emerged victorious from 10 segments out of 16 seats it contested. The BJP annexed six seats out of 9 seats.

BJP’s ‘Embalam’ R Selvam was elected unopposed as Speaker of the Puducherry Assembly on June 16.

(With inputs from PTI)