In a first, the 17th Lok Sabha has a 25-year-old engineering graduate from Odisha as the youngest Member of Parliament, Chandrani Murmu, who represents tribal-dominated Keonjhar.
Chandrani, who has replaced Dushyant Chautala, was elected as BJD candidate from the Keonjhar seat, as the youngest parliamentarian in the country. Dushyant, 26, was elected to the 16th Lok Sabha from Hisar seat.
Murmu is 25 years, 11 months and nine days old. Chandrani, a greenhorn in politics, reportedly says she would like to come up to the expectations pinned on her by the youth and women besides the tribals in her region. She is clear on developing a mechanism to accelerate the delivery of results, instead of making tall promises that cannot be kept.
“The major focus will be to generate employment in my region, and for that I will not leave any stone unturned to accelerate setting up of new industries” said the youngest parliamentarian, Chandrani Murmu.
“It is unfortunate that employment crisis is high in a mineral-rich district like Keonjhar. I would represent the youth and women of my state at the Centre,” she said.
Chandrani Murmu was pitted against two-time MP from BJP Ananta Nayak, who was defeated by a margin of 66,203 votes.
Chandrani said she was looking for a job after finishing mechanical engineering, but landed up being a Lok Sabha candidate.
The BJD won the last two elections.
The seat witnessed a two-corner fight in this election.