Congress MLA Hina Kawre, whose father was hacked to death by Maoists nearly 18 years ago, was elected Deputy Speaker of the Madhya Pradesh Assembly on Thursday.
The 33-year-old was also among the contenders for a cabinet post but missed it narrowly.
Political parties avoid elections for the posts of the Speaker and Deputy Speaker, and by convention the former goes to the ruling party and the latter to the Opposition. The BJP wanted elections for both the posts and in the process lost even the Deputy Speaker’s post.
Hina was a 15-year-old student of Class X when she lost her father Likhiram Kawre, a three-time MLA from Kirnapur constituency. Her mother Pushpalata won from the same seat twice, including in the bypoll necessitated by her husband’s death. Kirnapur ceased to exist after delimitation. Hina contested her maiden election from Lanji in 2013.
Her father, a transport minister in the Digvijaya Singh government, was killed outside his home in his village in Balaghat district in December 1999.
“Maybe there was some reason but I have not taken it to heart,” she said on being asked if she was disappointed at not becoming a minister. “I have seen politics from childhood. I have seen my father work as a minister so I was not hankering for any post.”