Krishna Raj is an Indian politician and a Member of Parliament (MP) from the Lok Sabha constituency of Shahjahanpur in Uttar Pradesh. She is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). She belongs to the Pasi community, the dominant section among the Dalits in Uttar Pradesh. She comes from a humble family background; her husband works in a bank and she is the only one in her family to join mainstream politics. In 2014 Lok Sabha elections, she defeated Umed Singh Kashyap of BSP, husband of late Phoolan Devi, by a margin of more than 2.35 lakh votes.
Early Life and Education
Krishna Raj was born in Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh on February 22, 1967 to Ram Dulare and Sukh Rani. She completed her Master of Arts (M.A.) degree from Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Avadh University, Faizabad. She got married to Virendra Kumar on June 02, 1985.
During her initial years in politics, Krishna Raj had worked with former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Kalyan Singh. She was chosen by Kalyan Singh and Narendra Modi to become one of the star campaigners of BJP and address election rallies in specific regions of Uttar Pradesh such as Rohilkhand and Awadh. She also shares close ties with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).
- 1996 – 2002 & 2007 – 2012: Member, Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly (Two Terms)
- May, 2014: Elected to 16th Lok Sabha
- 1 Sep. 2014 – 5 July 2016: Member, Committee on Petitions; Member, Standing Committee on Energy; Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Rural Development, Panchayati Raj and Drinking Water and Sanitation
- 13 May 2015 – 5 July 2016: Member, Joint Committee on the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Second Amendment) Bill, 2015
- 1 May 2016 – 5 July 2016: Member, Committee on Public Undertakings
- 5 July 2016 onwards: Union Minister of State, Ministry of Women and Child Development
A former social worker, Krishna Raj remains committed to the betterment of poor and weaker sections of the society.