Rita Bahuguna Joshi is now the MLA of Cantt area in Lucknow, State of Uttar Pradesh and a Bhartiya Janta Party politician. Her hometown is Agra. Her father name is Hemvati Nandan Bahuguna who was a freedom fighter. His father was formerly the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. She is a single sister among two brothers Vijay Bahuguna, who was the Chief Minister and Shekar Bhauguna who has contested from Phaphamau constituency in Allahabad, U.P but not succeeded. She had passed MA and also holds PhD in history from Allahabad University.
In her political career, Rita became the mayor of Allahabad in 1995-2000. She held the post of former vice-president of the National Council of Women, since 2003. She also enjoyed the role of president of the All India Mahila Congress and also of the Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee since the year.
Rita took twice times participation unsuccessfully in elections to the Lok Sabha. During the state elections in the 2012, she was chosen as the member of the Legislative Assembly for the Lucknow Cantonment and contested in Lok Sabha elections in 2014 from Lucknow but lost. She was active and senior member of Congress but due to some reasons has taken membership of Bhartiya Janta Party. On 20 October 2016, she joined BJP under the guardianship of BJP president Amit Shah, after devoting the long duration of 24 year to Congress.
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She is the recipient of United Nations Award of Excellence as being the “Most Distinguished Women in South Asia”.
In the year of 2009, she was arrested for making remarks about former Chief Minister Mayawati, she was sent to Moradabad jail on 14 days. Rita Bahuguna Joshi had given speech for the disturbed law and order and the increasing rapes in the state.
She was also detained by the Meerut range police in the year of 2011 from the Western Uttar Pradesh’s Bhatta Parsaul village. She was with Rahul Gandhi and Digivijay Singh.
- Name: Rita Bahuguna Joshi
- Political Party: Bhartiya Janta Party
- Date of Birth: July 22, 1949
- Place of Birth: Uttarakhand, India
- Nationality: Indian
- Education/ Qualification: M.A. and PhD in History from Allahabad University
- Father: Hemvati Nandan Bahuguna
- Mother: Kamla Bahuguna
- Sibling/ Sister: Vijay Bahuguna, Shekhar Bahuguna
- Marital Status: Married
- Husband Name: P.C.Joshi
- Children: Mayank Joshi
- Religion: Hinduism.
- Profession: Professor and Politician.
- Permanent Address: Lucknow