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269. Mohsina Kidwai

Member, Rajya Sabha
ConstituencyRaipur, Chattisgarh
Member, Congress Working Committee (CWC)
Member, Lok Sabha
In office
1977 - 1984
ConstituencyMeerut (Lok Sabha constituency)

Born1 January 1932 (1932-01-01) (age 79)
Political partyIndian National Congress
Spouse(s)Khalil R. Kidwai
ChildrenThree daughters


Mohsina Kidwai (born 1 January 1932) is a leader of Indian National Congress party, she belongs to Barabanki, Uttar Pradesh. Currently she is a member of Rajya Sabha, elected from Chattisgarh. She is a member of the Congress Working Committee (CWC), the Highest decision-making body of the Congress Party as well as the All India Congress Committee(A.I.C.C.)

Early life

Mohsina Kidwai was born in Banda, Uttar Pradesh to Mulla Qutub-ud-din Ahmad and Zehra Khatoon mainly from Ahmadpur a small village in Barabanki district. She did her Intermediate from Women's College, Aligarh, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh.


Mohsina Kidwai has held several ministerial offices in Government of Uttar Pradesh and Government of India.
Mohsina Kidwai was recently in the running for the position of President of India but was dropped in preference of Pratibha Patil then Governor of Rajasthan.
Kidwai has held a variety of leadership positions within the Congress party including General Secretary of AICC. Kidwai is known for her proximity to Congress Party Chief, Sonia Gandhi.
Kidwai was a leader of breakaway party, Congress(T) in the pre-Sonia Gandhi days.
Currently she is a member of Rajya Sabha, elected from Raipur, Chattisgarh.
She is also member of Congress Working Committee and convenor of Manifesto Implementation Committees of Assam and Punjab.

 Personal life

Mohsina Kidwai was married on 17 December 1953 to Khalil R. Kidwai. She has three daughters.

 Positions held

She has held following positions during her career:
Position heldFromTo
Member, Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council19601974
Minister of State, Food and Civil Supplies, Government of Uttar Pradesh19731974
Member, Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly19741977
Cabinet Minister for Harijan and Social Welfare, Government of Uttar Pradesh19741975
Cabinet Minister for Small Scale Industries, Government of Uttar Pradesh19751977
Member, Sixth Lok Sabha19781979
Member, Seventh Lok Sabha19801984
Union Minister of State for Labour and Rehabilitation11 September 198229 January 1983
Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare29 January 19832 August 1984
Member, Eighth Lok Sabha19841989
Union Minister of State (Independent charge)2 August 198431 October 1984
Union Cabinet Minister of Rural Development4 November 198431 December 1984
Union Cabinet Minister of Health and Family Welfare31 December 198424 June 1986
Union Cabinet Minister of Transport24 June 198622 October 1986
Union Cabinet Minister of Urban Development22 October 19862 December 1989
Union Cabinet Minister of Tourism (additional charge)14 February 198825 June 1989
Elected to Rajya SabhaJune 2004-
Member, Court of the Aligarh Muslim UniversityJuly 2004-
Member, Committee on AgricultureAugust 2004-
Member, Anjuman (Court) of Jamia Millia Islamia UniversityNovember 2004-
Member, Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Social Justice and EmpowermentOctober 2004-
Member, Parliamentary Forum on Population and Public HealthMay 2006-
Member, Committee on Food, Consumer Affairs and Public DistributionJuly 2006-
Governor of Jharkhand25, August 2011incumbent

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