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Birth Anniversary of Pratibha Patil: The first woman president of India

Last updated on July 29th, 2023 at 04:27 pm

Prathibha Devingish Patil, born on December 19th, 1934, was an Indian politician and lawyer who served as the 12th president of India from 2007 to 2012. Prathibha Devingish Patil is the first woman to have become the president of India. She was a member of the Lok Sabha from 1991 to 1996 and served as the Governor of Rajasthan from 2004 to 2007. She was the first woman to serve as the Prime Minister of India and a member of the Indian National Congress.

Enthralling facts about Pratibha Patil:-

– Patil was born in a Marathi family on December 19th, 1934, in the village of Nadgaon, which is located in Jalgaon, Maharashtra, India. Narayan Rao Patil is her father.

– At the age of 27, she was elected to the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly for the Jalgaon constituency in 1962. She won in the Muktainagar (formerly Edlabad) constituency four consecutive times between 1967 and 1985, before becoming a Member of Parliament in the Rajya Sabha between 1985 and 1990.

– She was elected as a Member of Parliament representing the Amravati constituency in the 1991 elections for the 10th Lok Sabha. A period of retirement from politics later in the decade followed this.

– Patil was announced as the United Progressive Alliance’s (UPA) candidate for president on 14 June 2007. She appeared as a compromise candidate after the left-wing parties of the alliance would not agree to the nomination of former Home Minister Shivraj Patil or Karan Singh.
Patil was noted for spending more money on foreign trips, and taking a greater number of foreign trips, than any previous president.

– Patil’s lackluster term as President of India saw various controversies. This is a record- she commuted the death sentences of 35 petitioners to life. The President’s Office defended this by saying that the President had granted clemency to the petitioners after due consideration and examining the advice of the Home Ministry.

– She was appointed the 17th Governor of Rajasthan on 8 November 2004, the first woman to hold that office. Patil retired from the role of President in July 2012 after serving a five-year term.

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