She was born in Mumbai to Rekha Mahajan and the late Pramod Mahajan leader of Bharatiya Janata Party. Her brother is Rahul Mahajan. She along with her brother studied abroad in the United States and lived in London, England. She contested 2009 assembly elections from Ghatkopar West constituency but lost to the MNS candidate.
In Pictures: Poonam Mahajan with her parents
- Poonam is married to Anand Rao Vejandla, an industrialist from Hyderabad.
- Her brother Rahul Mahajan is a renowned TV celebrity and married Dimple in his much publicized ‘swayamvar'.
- Her uncle Gopinath Munde, was the former Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra when BJP-Shiv Sena coalition was in power.
In Politics :
Mahajan’s trial by fire was in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls in which she pulled off a stunning upset by defeating sitting Congress MP Priya Dutt by 1.86 lakh votes. In fact, Mahajan was not her party’s first choice as a candidate from Mumbai North Central but others, including a socialite who is also a senior party leader, refused to contest against Dutt. The constituency had been represented in the past by Priya Dutt’s father, famed actor Sunil Dutt. However, Mahajan, whose political career was not really going anywhere, was not daunted by her opponent’s credential. She accepted the challenge and came up trumps.
It wasn’t just the Modi wave that led her to victory but also her enthusiastic drive across Mumbai to register first time voters in big numbers, which also benefited her party colleagues to win big in Mumbai.
On the birth anniversary of her father, a few months after his death, she came into the public eye when she organised a music concert of Pakistani ghazal singer Ghulam Ali, who happened to be her father’s favourite singer.
In 2009, in her first major foray into politics, she contested the Assembly elections from Ghatkopar against the hugely popular Ram Kadam of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, who once worked as a personal assistant for Pramod Mahajan. Interestingly, Kadam later went on to join the BJP in 2014 and now is the BJP MLA from Ghatkopar (West).
Mahajan got her first major political break at the national level in 2010 when she was appointed as a vice president of BJYM by then party president Nitin Gadkari.
However, between 2010 and 2014, Mahajan’s political career drifted only sideways and it was only her thumping victory over Priya Dutt in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections that proved to be the game changer.
Her contribution in organising a big ticket event to promote Mumbai as an international centre, Mumbai Next, which saw the participation of stalwarts like Amitabh Bachchan and Mukesh Ambani, was noticed by that powers that be in central and state government. She was then appointed as a member of a task force to make Mumbai an international financial centre. Recently, she played a role in getting Coldplay to perform in Mumbai.
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