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Amita Bhushan

Amita Bhushan

Begusarai

Born February 5, 1970 (1970-02-05) (age 39)
Begusarai
Political party Indian National Congress INC-flag.svg
Children Two
Residence C/o Late( Dr) Prof. Chandra Bhanu Devi, Mussorie Public School, Harrakh, Begusarai, Bihar
Religion Hindu
Candidate for Lok Sabha Elections 2009 from Begusarai
As of 04 April, 2009

Amita Bhushan (born 5 February 1970) is an Indian politician, representing the Begusarai [1] constituency on a Congress Ticket in the 15th Lok Sabha Elections for the first time. She is a member of Indian National Congress[2]. Born and brought in Begusarai, Amita Bhushan is a Social Activist and Fashion Designer with a M.A in Psychology. Her husband is a Government Servant in All- India Service.

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Family Background

Daughter of former Congress MP Chandra Bhanu Devi and granddaughter of former MLA the late Ramnarain Choudhary. Her Mother Late Dr. Professor (Smt.) Chandra Bhanu Devi[3], was a member of the Eighth Lok Sabha[4] from 1984 to 1989 representing the Balia Parliamentary Constituency of Bihar. Professor (Smt.) Chandra Bhanu Devi was a Member of the Committee on Absence of Members from the sittings of the House during the Eighth Lok Sabha.

An educationist by profession, Prof. (Smt.) Chandra Bhanu Devi served as Principal R.B.S. College, Begusarai and as Lecturer at Co-operative College, Begusarai. She was instrumental in the establishment of a number of schools and colleges in the Begusarai district[5].

A committed social and political worker, Professor (Smt.) Chandra Bhanu Devi was Vice-Chairman, Zila Parishad, Begusarai from 1974 to 1977. She was a life time member of Indian National Congress and Ex Member Bihar Public Service Commission. She worked for the welfare of weaker sections of the society particularly women. Professor (Smt.) Chandra Bhanu Devi died on 6 September, 2008 at Patna at the age of 61.

Her father Late Shri Ramakant Choudhary was an Ex-Manager of the Barauni Fertiliser, PSU at Begusarai, Bihar and a renowned public figure and sportsman from Bihar. Granddaughter of Late Sri Ram Narayan Choudhary, Ex M.L.A, Ex Member of A.I.C.C, Ex. President of District Congress Committee, Begusarai. Bihar. Wife of Government Servant in All- India Service.

Contribution To Society

Having seen the realities of life from various quarters, there is deep sense of commitment towards community service for which the Congress Party provides a broad base and precise programme and platform under the astute leadership of Smt. Sonia Gandhi and Dr. Manmohan Singh with secure future leadership on the hands of Sri Rahul Gandhi

Being President of the C.B.R.K.C Foundation, primarily engaged in the activities of the foundation created for the social, educational and general welfare of the masses at large.

She has been actively involved in different Social Activities. In the field of Health Care her foundation has organized several camps for general health check up and Cataract camp in which 14 doctors from different branches of Medical Science participated and nearly 3000 patients got themselves registered and availed the benefits. The foundation is planning to open a hospital for providing better health services along with a team if hardworking and dedicated doctors. Her Foundation is also working towards betterment of Girl Child and has donated substantial portion of land for an Inter Girls School at Cheria Bariapur, Begusarai, Bihar.

A Self Employment programme has also been started by the foundation for rural illiterate women which imparts training to make them economically independent. A Sports tournament has also been organised by the foundation for both boys and girls to inculcate interest in sports and for general fitness. The foundation has planned to hold such tournaments annually at different levels.

Development Data of Begusarai

Table 1: Development Data of Begusarai[6]
Details 2004 2008
Total Population (in '000s) 2,507 2,661
Sex Ratio (females per 1000 males) 915.4 920.1
Crime Against Women (% of total crime) 2.7 5.4
Violent Crime (% of total crime) 17.9 24.9
Infant Mortality Rate (per 1000 live births) 54.1 49.4
Households with Electricity (% of total households) 10.7 4.7
Total Literacy Rate (% of total population) 50.9 54.6
Below Poverty Line (% of total population) 45 41.3
Work Participation Rate (% of total population) 32.8 34.1
Urbanization (% of total population) 3.6 2.7

Media

Times of India reports: Cong first-timer makes presence felt in Begusarai [7]

BEGUSARAI: As power continues to play traunt as ever and the summer getting intense, voters of this politically sensitive constituency have turned much of the heat on the candidates in this Lok Sabha elections. The issue keeps haunting them almost everywhere they campaign.

Power, however, is not the only major issue that the people seek assurances from the various candidates. The list is long: reopening of the closed fertilizer unit in Barauni, setting up a petrochemical complex, establishment of an engineering and a medical college, a comprehensive plan to drain out water from the vast trenches of low agricultural land besides containment of continuing land erosion in diara areas of Ganga river and rehabilitation of its victims. The issues are chronic and the people want the candidates to show their resolve in this regard.

Yet, Amita Bhusan (Congress) is the one not to be bogged down by these challenges. She, in fact, has been the first to take up the issue of the perennial power crisis to the masses and even pledged to find a solution to it.

"Ensuring smooth power supply tops my agenda as only this can help reduce the problems of people here by 50 per cent," she says and quickly points out that whatever development has taken place in the field of industry here has only been under Congress-led governments.

Amita, a first-timer in electoral politics, learned her first lessons in politics as a kid when her mother, the late Chandrabhanu Devi, was MP from the then Balia constituency during the Rajiv Gandhi-led Congress government. Mahesh Singh, a full time partyman here, said though a newcomer in politics, Amita's clean image and fresh ideas have definitely made a huge impact.

"She has been quick to mobilize support for herself and win over the voters, particularly women voters, in large numbers to her favour in a very short time," said Mahesh, adding: "She may win or lose in the election, but she is surely a long-time prospect for the party."

For young Sudhanshu Gaurav, who runs a cyber cafe-cum-computer institute Amita's youthfulness and exuberance have an aura of Gen-X in Indian politics.

"Given a chance, I'll also like to work for the welfare of women and children. I'll also likwe to chip in with spreading literacy and education among them," Amita told TOI.

Being the only women candidate in the fray here it obviously has its own advantages for her. Reason: women have come to support her in large numbers.

Controversy

As per The Times of India a leading national daily from India, a section of Congress leaders from Bihar are questioning the party's decision to field candidates who have poor track records in elections. They have questioned the candidature of a relatively unknown face like Amita Bhushan from Begusarai from where it could have fielded former PCC chief Ram Jatan Sinha. "In several constituencies, we still look like vote-katwas," said a former Congress MLA.[8]

No doubt, old is gold and experience has no substitute. But at the moment India is a young nation as majority of people are in the age bracket of 18–35 years. They are faceless and unknown. But can we deny that future of our nation is in their hands and if we deny them opportunities we would be blotting our future. The moot question is whether we should sit on our past laurels or move with the young and unknown with glint bright future in their eyes. The Congress party realised this and accordingly trusts the young brigade under the astute guardian ship of Smt. Sonia Gandhi and Dr. Manmohan Singh. Past is gone, but we can make our future with the present in mind. WE PLEAD: do not deny your own children opportunities to grow. Let them bloom, do not shackle them with old dogmas. Prepare them to face the future then only our country can be secure.

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