Jebi Mather First Muslim Woman Elected To Rajya Sabha From Kerala

New Delhi: For the upcoming Rajya Sabha elections, Congress has named Jebi Mather, the president of its women’s wing in Kerala. She will be contesting from the seat that will fall vacant after the retirement of Congress veteran A K Antony on April 2.

She will be the first Muslim woman being elected to the Rajya Sabha from the state. Late Leela Damodara Menon of the Congress, who had served as a member of the Upper House from 1974 to 1980, was the last woman leader to represent Kerala in the Rajya Sabha.

Besides this after the gap of 35 years, the party is sending a Muslim leader from the state to the Upper House.

Responding to the announcement of her candidature, Mather said, “The party would have considered several factors before giving me the ticket. It is a recognition for women as well as youths. The candidature was unexpected. The party has given me a responsibility. Many others had been considered for the post, they were also eligible for the candidature.”

Jebi has served as the national secretary of the Youth Congress and became the state president of the Mahila Congress last year.

With the retirement of A K Antony of the Congress, K Somaprasad of the CPI(M) and M V Shreyams Kumar of the Loktantrik Janata Dal (LJD), three Rajya Sabha Seats from the state will fall vacant. On Friday, two LDF candidates filed their nominations for the election which will be held on March 31.

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