SUCHETA KRIPLANI Biography - Royalty, Rulers & leaders


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Sucheta Kriplani was Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. She was known for her administrative abilities. Sucheta was born in June 1908 at Ambala in Punjab. After teaching for some time in the Banaras Hindu University, she decided to join the Congress Party. She won the assembly seat of Kanpur in a by-election in 1948. Elected to the Lok Sabha in 1952 and 1957, she was inducted as the Minister for Village and Small-Scale Industries in 1950. She again won an assembly seat from Kanpur in the 1962 general elections.


When U.P. Chief Minister C.B. Gupta resigned, Sucheta was appointed for the post. She administered Uttar Pradesh with a visible sense of fairness and transparency. The first-ever strike by the state employees which continued for 62 days took place during her regime. She relented only when the employees’ leaders agreed for compromise. Like a firm administrator, she refused their demand for pay hike. Sucheta, wife of socialist leader J.B. Kriplani, died in 1974.