Renu Devi Wiki, Height, Age, Family, Biography & More

Last Updated on August 10, 2021

Renu Devi (born 1 November 1958) is an Indian politician and the current Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar since November 2020. She became the first female Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar in 2020. A former national Vice-President of the Bharatiya Janata Party, she is currently a Member of the Bihar Legislative Assembly and the deputy legislative leader of party for the National Democratic Alliance

New government in Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Renu Devi completed secondary  education from Lakhisarai
5th Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar
Incumbent
Assumed office
16 November 2020Serving with Tarkishore Prasad
Chief MinisterNitish Kumar
Preceded bySushil Kumar Modi
Minister of Disaster Management, Backward Classes and Extremely Backward Classes Welfare
Government of Bihar
Incumbent
Assumed office
2020
Chief MinisterNitish Kumar
Minister of Sports, Art and Culture,
Government of Bihar
In office
2005–2009
Chief MinisterNitish Kumar
Member of Bihar Legislative Assembly
Incumbent
Assumed office
2020
Preceded byMadan Mohan Tiwari
ConstituencyBettiah
In office
2000–2015
Preceded byBirval Yadava
Succeeded byMadan Mohan Tiwari
ConstituencyBettiah
Personal details
Born1 November 1958 (age 62) 
Bettiah, Bihar, India
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
Spouse(s)Durga Prasad (died)
Children2
Alma materB. R. Ambedkar Bihar University

Personal life

Renu Devi was born into a middle-class family. Her father, Krishna Prasad was a junior engineer in Bihar’s Irrigation and Water Resources Department.

Renu, eldest of her parents’ three sons and five daughters, comes from the Noniya caste, an extremely backward Class (EBC) community. She completed secondary school education in 1977 from the Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar Bihar University.

She was married to a Kolkata-based insurance inspector named Durga Prasad in 1973. However, the sudden death of her husband within seven years of marriage made her return to Bettiah, her mother’s hometown, and pursue it as her karmabhoomi. She is a single parent with two children.

Political career

Renu Devi’s mother was associated with the Sangh Parivar, which is said to have strongly influenced her. Renu Devi was also part of Durga Vahini, the women’s wing of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad.

Beginning her political career through social activism in 1981, she later joined the BJP Mahila Morcha or BJP women’s wing in 1988. Next year, she was given the responsibility to head the wing in the Champaran region. She was further chosen as the wing’s state head for two terms, in 1993 and 1996.

Though she unsuccessfully contested her first election in 1995 from the Nautan Assembly seat, she was successful in being elected four times from Bettiah (2000-2015;2020–present), another division of West Champaran district, to the Bihar Legislative Assembly. She lost 2015 elections to a Mahagathbandhan candidate from whom she recovered the seat again in 2020.

She served as the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture in the Bihar State Government between 2005 and 2009. She was also a national vice-president of the BJP between 2014 and 2020, and was nominated as a member of the National Working Committee of the party by Amit Shah. Her appointment in 2020 as a Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar has been received as a ‘face of change’ and a strong face of the women voters of Bihar.

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