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Priya Dutt

Priya Dutt Roncon
Priya Dutt at Lavasa Womens Drive 2011
Member: 14th and 15th Lok Sabha
Preceded by Sunil Dutt
Succeeded by Poonam Mahajan Rao
Constituency Mumbai North Central
Personal details
Born (1966-08-28) 28 August 1966
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Political party Indian National Congress
Spouse(s) Owen Roncon
Children 2 [1]
Residence Pali Hill, Bandra, Mumbai
Profession social worker, politician [1]
Website .com.priyaduttwww

Priya Dutt Roncon (born 28 August 1966) is an Indian politician. She was elected for the first time to the 14th Lok Sabha from Mumbai North West constituency in Maharashtra on 22 November 2005, representing the Indian National Congress party. She also represented the Mumbai North Central constituency in the 15th Lok Sabha from 2009. In the 2014 Indian general election, she was defeated by Poonam Mahajan of the BJP by a margin of around 1.86 lakh votes.[2]

Early life and Education

Priya is the daughter of the late Bollywood actor and politician Sunil Dutt and Nargis. Both her parents were elected to represent the Indian National Congress and her father was a government minister. She is the sister of actor Sanjay Dutt and Namrata Dutt. Along with her sister, she published a memoir, entitled Mr and Mrs Dutt: Memories of our Parents, in 2007.[3]

She received her B.A. degree in sociology from Sophia College, Mumbai University. She also has a Post Graduate Diploma in television production from the Center for Media Arts, New York City, New York, U.S.A. [4]

Politics

In 2005, following the death of her father, Sunil Dutt, and despite a low voter turnout, she won her seat in the Lok Sabha by a margin of 172,043 votes over the Shiv Sena candidate. Dutt received considerable media attention for this victory, partially on account of her famous family.[5]

Since her election, Priya has been appointed secretary of the All-India Congress Committee.

Other activities

After university, Dutt worked in television and video and studied at The Center for the Media Arts in New York.[6] During and after the Mumbai riots, Dutt worked with Muslim refugees in Mumbai. She reported receiving threatening telephone calls and public harassment.[7] Dutt also runs Nargis Dutt Memorial Charitable Trust (NDMCT), which was started by her father Suni Dutt in memory of her mother Nargis Dutt who died from cancer in 1981.[8]

Personal life

Priya got married to Owen Roncon on 27 November 2003.[4] Roncon is a partner in Oranjuice Entertainment, a music promotion company, and Fountainhead Promotions & Events Pvt Ltd, a marketing firm.[9]

Bibliography

  • Mr and Mrs Dutt: Memories of our Parents, Namrata Dutt Kumar and Priya Dutt, 2007, Roli Books. ISBN 978-81-7436-455-5.[3]

References

  1. ^ a b "Priya Dutt: Quick Facts".  
  2. ^ 2014 General Election Results
  3. ^ a b "To Mr and Mrs Dutt, with love" (review), The Hindu, 7 October 2007.
  4. ^ a b "Biographical Sketch Member of Parliament". Retrieved 17 February 2014. 
  5. ^ The Hindu, 23 November 2005.
  6. ^ Biography, Priya Dutt's official website.
  7. ^ Interview with Rediff.co.in, 29 November 2006.
  8. ^ Times of India, 14 September 2008.
  9. ^ Transcript of live chat with Priya Dutt, Times of India, 13 December 2005.

External links

  • Official website
  • Nargis: A daughter remembers, by Priya Dutt
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