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India can now boast of four women CMs
New Delhi, MAY 13 (Agencies):
Published on 13 May. 2011 10:47 PM IST
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With Mamata Banerjee and J Jayalalithaa set to capture power in West Bengal and Tamil Nadu respectively, India could for the first time boast of four women Chief Ministers.
Shiela Dikshit of Delhi has the distinction of the longest serving woman Chief Minister in post-independent India having been at the helm of affairs for the past 12 years.
BSP supremo Mayawati has singlehandedly secured power in the largest state of Uttar Pradesh four years back and her victory at that time was seen as a defining moment in Indian politics. The politically crucial state is going to polls next year.
Mamata has in fact emerged as the ‘giant killer’ for ending the 34-year-old Left front rule in West Bengal on the single plank of doing away with the ‘misrule’ of Marxists.
Jayalalithaa was out in the cold for the last five years in Tamil Nadu as also at the Centre, had her sweet revenge on Karunanidhi’s DMK despite setbacks in the last two Lok Sabha polls and would be ruling the state for the next five years. Jayalalithaa’s single point campaign plank was to end the “family rule” of the DMK in the backdrop of the 2G spectrum allocation scam.

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