Sangeeta Azad is an Indian politician and a Member of Parliament (MP) from the Lok Sabha constituency of Lalganj in the state of Uttar Pradesh. She is a member of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP). In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Sangeeta Azad defeated her nearest rival Neelam Sonkar of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) by a margin of more than 1.6 lakh votes. It may be recalled that Neelam Sonkar had won the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. However, 2019 Lok Sabha election was different, as BSP and Samajwadi Party (SP) had fought the elections together. This alliance between BSP and SP was effective in Uttar Pradesh in 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
Political experts said that 2019 Lok Sabha election in Lalganj was fought on caste politics and not on development. BJP had actually increased its vote percentage in 2019 in comparison to 2014 elections. But BJP still lost the election, as it was fought primarily on caste considerations.
Early Life and Education
Sangeeta Azad was born on June 24, 1981. She completed her graduation (B.Ed.) in 2007 from Purvachal University. Later, she did B.S.C from Mumbai University in 2003. By profession, Sangeeta is into agriculture and business.
Sangeeta Azad comes from a family with political background. Sangeeta’s father-in-law Gandhi Azad was a Rajya Sabha member and her husband Ari Mardan Azad is a Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA). As a Lok Sabha MP, Sangeeta Azad has debated on various issues such as raising salaries of Madrasa teachers, improving healthcare, electricity supply to remote areas, grants for farmers, and extension of railway lines.
- May, 2019: Elected to 17th Lok Sabha
- 13 Sept. 2019 onwards: Member, Standing Committee on Social Justice and Empowerment
- 09 Oct. 2019 onwards: Member, Rules Committee; Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Human Resource Development
Sangeeta Azad likes to read and keep updated with current affairs. She also spends her time for social work.