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Bhavna Chikalia

Specialising as a social worker, she was elected for her first term in the 10th Lok Sabha and is currently in her 4th term.
PTI | By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON APR 29, 2004 01:03 PM IST

Specialising as a social worker, Bhanvna Devraj Chikhalia, was elected for her first term in the 10th Lok Sabha and is currently in her 4th term. Born to Shri Jamnadas P. Patel and Smt. Savitaben J. Patel on the 14th February 1955, Bhavna was brought up in Amreli (Gujarat) where she pursued her studies at Gujrat University, Ahmedabad.  She obtained a B.Com, LLb. and specialised as a social worker. She married Dr. Devrajbhai P. Chikhalia on the 5 March 1978 with whom she has one son. She represents the BJP from the constituency of Junagadh (Gujarat).


Key Political Positions Held

1991   
        Elected to 10th Lok Sabha

1991-96      Member, Consultative Committee, and Ministry of Environment  

1993-96      Secretary (Executive), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)

1994-96      Member, Committee on Science, Technology and Environment 

1995-96      Member, Committee on Subordinate Legislation

1996            Re-elected to 11th Lok Sabha (2nd term)

1996-97      Member, Committee on Government Assurances                       
                  Member, Committee on Communications 
                  Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Railways

1998           Re-elected to 12th Lok Sabha (3rd term)
                  Member, Committee on Public Accounts    
                  Member, Executive Committee, BJP Parliamentary Party
                  
1998-99      Member, Committee on Public Accounts 
                  Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Railways 
                  Member, Committee on Provision of Computers

1998-00      Vice-President, National Mahila Morcha, BJP

1999-          Vice President, BJP
                   Re-elected to 13th Lok Sabha (4th term)

1999-00       Chairperson, Railway Convention Committee 
                   Member, Joint Committee on the Central Vigilance Commission

2000-03       Member, Committee on Ministry of Railways                        

Jan 2003      Union Minister of State, Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, Tourism


Did you know?

Bhavna has a special interest in Women/child welfare and youth activity for which she often partakes in Political seminars. She has travelled extensively, visiting over twenty countries. She enjoys singing and dancing, and is also a keen player of sports; her favorites include cricket and badminton.


Trivia

She is also a trustee of:
Ratubhai Adhani Foundation Trust, Junagadh,
Siddhashtra Seva Trust, Junagadh,
Ushachandra Public Charitable Trust, Junagadh for 4 years
Director, Gujarat Housing
Finance Corporation, Honorary-Director|
Vidyalaya (Women's Cultural Activities) Junagadh for 5 years
First Lady Rotarian, Rotary Club, Junagadh

Election Result of Junagadh Lok Sabha Constituency Total

Electorate                                  10,79,568
Total votes polled                         5,03,628
Poll percentage                               46.65%
Valid votes                                  4,92,253

Votes polled in favor of the first four leading candidates

(1)
Smt. Bhavna Devraj Chikhalia          (BJP)          2,66,809      54.20%
(2) Shri Chavda Pethaljibhai Nathabhai   (INC)         2,19,961      44.68%
(3) Shri Chudasama Mohan Karan          (NCP)         4,393            0.89%
(4) Shri Chavda Bharatbhai Ranmalbhai   (IND)         1,090            0.22%

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