Pratima Boumik: 52-year-old Pratima Bhowmik has become the first woman MP from Tripura to get a berth in the new Union Cabinet. She is also the first permanent resident of the north-eastern state to do so, as she took oath as a Union minister on Wednesday. Science graduate Pratima Bhowmik is a BJP worker and leader since 1991. In 1998 and 2018, she fought for the assembly from Dhanpur constituency, losing both times to former Chief Minister Manik Sarkar. Bhowmik later ran for West Tripura Lok Sabha elections in 2019 and won by 3,05,689 votes defeating veteran MP Shankar Prasad Dutta.
Pratima hails from Dhanpur village and used to play Kho-Kho and Kabaddi at the state level. She is the daughter of a school teacher and has three siblings. She used to do farming in Barnarayan of her native village Sonamura. His mother, Kanan Bhowmick, praised his pride and expressed his gratitude to the PM. She said, “I am feeling very good, very happy and because of Modi ji, she is becoming a Union Minister from Tripura. This cannot happen without the blessings of the people of this state.”
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BJP Tripura Vice President Rajiv Bhattacharjee also said, “Modiji’s words of women empowerment and representation have come true today.” Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday carried out his biggest reshuffle since taking office in 2014, inducting 36 new faces, promoted seven junior ministers and dropped 12 ministers.
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