Jamuna Devi Dead | Remains Leader | Jamuna Devi Socialist Singh

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Devi was elected to the then Madhya Bharat Assembly for the first time in 1952.Initially associated with socialist ideology she in about six decades of public life, occupied several key posts including that of Rajya Sabha member and minister in the Motilal Vora and Digvijay Singh governments.

In her political career spanning more than five decades, Jamuna Devi has held several key positions including that of deputy chief minister in the second term of Digvijay Singh (1998-2003). After the Congress lost the 2003 poll, she was nominated as CLP leader and in effect, leader of the opposition in the state assembly.The only sitting legislator in the state who was a member of the Madhya Bharat assembly in the first election held in independent India in 1952, she has been elected to the state assembly six times. She has also been member of the Lok Sabha (1962-67) and the Rajya Sabha (1978-81).

In the year 1985, Devi was elected as the member of the State Assembly and inducted as Minister of State (Independent Charge) in the Madhya Pradesh Cabinet. She rose to become a Cabinet Minister in the State in the year 1993 after she was elected as an MLA for the third term.In 1998, she again won the polls for the third time and was inducted as the first woman Deputy Chief Minister.

In 1998, she again won the polls for the third time and was inducted as the first woman deputy Chief Minister.In 2003, though Congress lost the power in Madhya Pradesh, Jamuna Devi was elected as MLA for the fifth time and was elected as the Leader of Opposition.She was again given the responsibility of leading the Opposition in 2008, when she was elected as MLA for the sixth term.Devi also served the Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) and the All India Congress Committee (AICC) in various capacities in her long political career.

By 1948 Jamuna Devi was at the height of her popularity promoted by her husband. In 1948 Ram Daryani and B M Vyas came to Calcutta from Mumbai and made films with Jamuna Devi. This speake of her unique achievement. Daryani made the film”Hindusthan Hamara” and B M Vyas made ‘Ghar’. This added to her popularity. She had great respect for Dilip Kumar who played the role of Devdas in the later Hindi version agaist Suchitra Sen. The first offer for the role of Paro was made to Meena Kumari but due to family restrain she was not allowed.After leaving films she had been receiving offers for acting from filmmakers for long time, but she was reluctant to accept them and rejected politely. Her era marks the golden period of the Bengali and Hindi Film Industry, and the emergence of the trend of claassic novels being immortalised by Indian Cinema.

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