Haripriya Banoth

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Template:Use Indian English Template:Infobox officeholder Haripriya Banoth (née Badavath; born 1 May 1985) is an Indian politician serving as an MLA representing the Yellandu constituency in the Telangana Legislative Assembly since 2018. She was elected from the Indian National Congress but later joined the Telangana Rashtra Samithi in 2019. At the age of 33 when elected, Banoth is the youngest member of the Telangana Legislative Assembly.

Early and personal life

Haripriya Badavath was born on 1 May 1985 in Kothagudem of present-day Telangana (then in Andhra Pradesh) to Seetharam and Darjan.[1] Her father used to work in the Singareni Collieries Company. She was married to Hari Singh Banoth of Tekulapalli immediately after completing her intermediate education in 2002.[2] However, with her husband's encouragement, she completed her graduation with B. Tech and later obtained post-graduation with M. Tech in computer science from the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad (JNTUH).[2][3] In 2006, they started Hari Singh Education Institutions which has four private schools and four junior colleges in Tekulapalli and Hyderabad.[2] She lives at Tekulapalli, Telangana.[1]

In June 2021, Banoth announced that she would adopt two orphaned children from Yellandu who lost both their parents at a young age, on a response to the minister K. T. Rama Rao's tweet.[4]

Career

Hari Singh was an active member of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) which influenced Haripriya to join the politics. For the 2014 Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly election, the TDP chief N. Chandrababu Naidu nominated Haripriya Banoth to represent the Yellandu constituency from TDP as the party felt that an educated person would have a better chance at winning the seat.[2] However, she was defeated by the Indian National Congress (INC) candidate Kanakaiah Koram by a margin of 11,507 votes.[5]

In 2017, following the statehood of Telangana, Banoth joined Indian National Congress in the hope of contesting from the party.[2][6] In the 2018 Telangana Legislative Assembly election, Banoth was elected as a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) from Yellandu by narrowly defeating the incumbent Kanakaiah Koram of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) with a margin of 2,887 votes.[3] Elected at the age of 33, Banoth became the youngest MLA in the Telangana Legislative Assembly.[7][8]

In February 2019, Banoth carried out a hunger strike for 36 hours demanding the establishment of steel plant in Bayyaram.[9] In March 2019, she joined the Telangana Rashtra Samithi citing "the interest of her constituency's development" as the reason.[10]

Political statistics

Election results
Year Election Constituency Party Opponent Majority Result Ref.
2014 Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly election Yellandu TDP Kanakaiah Koram (INC) -11507 Template:Lost [5]
2018 Telangana Legislative Assembly election Yellandu INC Kanakaiah Koram (TRS) 2887 Template:Won [3]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Member's Profile - SMT. HARIPRIYA BANOTH". Telangana Legislature. Retrieved 9 September 2021.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 "సేవలోనూ 'సగం'" [One half in service]. Sakshi (in Telugu). 26 May 2019.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Telangana election results: Pretty in pink". The New Indian Express. 12 December 2018.
  4. Kala, Surya (11 June 2021). "తల్లిదండ్రులను కోల్పోయిన ఇద్దరు పిల్లల్ని దత్తత తీసుకున్న టీఆర్ఎస్ ఎమ్మెల్యే" [TRS MLA adopts two orphaned children who lost their parents]. TV9 Telugu (in Telugu).
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Yellandu Assembly Election: TRS' Kanakaiah Koram to face BJP's Naaga Sravanthi Mokalla". Times Now. 9 December 2018.
  6. "కాంగ్రెస్ ఆశావహుల ఆశలు ఫలించేనా?" [Will the Congress candidates succeed?]. Andhra Bhoomi (in Telugu). 27 September 2018.
  7. Suares, Coreena (14 December 2018). "Telangana has most qualified MLAs". Deccan Chronicle.
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  9. Chilukuri, Arun (13 February 2019). "ఎమ్మెల్యే 36 గంటల ఉక్కుదీక్ష" [MLA's 36-hour strike for steel]. HMTV (in Telugu).
  10. "Another blow for Telangana Congress as MLA B Haripriya defects to TRS". The News Minute. 11 March 2019.