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A comeback politician who is also a fashionista

Raje was for the first time sworn in the first woman chief minister of Rajasthan in 2003, and has not looked back since then as a popular political figure of Rajasthan, even though she lost in the 2008 polls.

'The state loves her. The way she dresses becomes a fashion statement in the state. She has become an icon for Rajasthani women,' Puja, a college student, said.

Born on 8 March, 1953, in Mumbai, Vasundhara Raje was the fourth child of Rajmata Vijayaraje Scindia and Jivaji Rao Scindia of Gwalior. After completing her school education from Presentation Convent, Kodaikanal, she graduated in Economic and Political Science (Hons.) from Sophia College, Mumbai.

Raje’s relationship with the state developed after she got married to the erstwhile ruler of Dholpur, Hemant Singh, on 17 November, 1972, but the couple separated a year later. She has a son, Dushyant Singh, from the marriage. It was Vijayaraje Scindia, her mother, who brought her into politics in 1984 when she was inducted in the National Working Committee of the Bharatiya Janata Party that year. Since then, Vasundhara Raje has stayed put in the BJP and the party heirarchy. For two years 1984-86, she became the vice-president of the state BJP Yuva Morcha.
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