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Who is Margaret Alva?

Margaret Alva (born 14 April 1942) is an Indian politician. Alva served as the 17th Governor of Goa, 23rd Governor of Gujarat, 20th Governor of Rajasthan and 4th Governor of Uttarakhand the until the end of her tenure in August 2014. She has formerly served as the Cabinet Minister.

She took over in Rajasthan from the Punjab governor, Shivraj Patil, who had been holding an additional charge of that state.

Before being appointed governor, she was a senior figure in the Indian National Congress and was Joint Secretary of the All India Congress Committee. Her mother-in-law, Violet Alva, was Second Deputy Chairperson of the Rajya Sabha in 1960s.

TMC won’t back Margaret Alva for V-P post, announces Abhishek Banerjee in a big setback to opposition unity

In another setback to the opposition, TMC leader Abhishek Banerjee on Thursday announced that his party won’t back Margaret Alva in the vice-presidential election. He said the TMC will abstain from the vice-presidential election.

He, however, said there is no question of supporting NDA’s vice-presidential candidate Jagdeep Dhankhar. Banerjee said he objects to the way the Opposition nominee was decided without consulting any senior leaders from the TMC.”Supporting an NDA (VP) candidate doesn’t even arise.

And the way the Opposition candidate was decided, without proper consultation and deliberation with a party that has 35 MPs in both the Houses, we have unanimously decided to abstain from the voting process,” Banerjee said while speakiing to ANI.

On July 17, NCP chief Sharad Pawar announced the name of Margaret Alva for the post of Vice President. He also said that the opposition leaders tried to contact West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee but she was busy at some conference.

“We also tried to contact Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal. He announced support (for Yashwant Sinha) a few days ago and will announce his support (for Margaret Alva) soon,” he said.

Margaret Alva Biography, Wiki

Alva was born on April 14, 1942, in a Roman Catholic family in Mangalore. Her father was a civil servant. She completed her graduation from Mount Carmel College, Bengaluru. Later, she obtained a law degree from the Government Law College, Bengaluru.

In 1964, she married Niranjan Thomas Alva, a lawyer-turned-businessman and became the daughter-in-law of Violet Alva and Joachim Alva, both former members of Parliament. In fact, they were the first couple to be in Parliament.

Joachim Alva represented Kanara constituency in the Lok Sabha as a Congress MP for three terms (15 years, 1952 to 1967). Niranjan Alva died in 2018 due to illness.

They have three sons—Niret, Nikhil and Nivedith—and a daughter—Manira. Niret is a successful TV producer while Nikhil and Nivedith dabbled in politics, joining the Congress. Manira, who was also into TV production, now stays in the US. Niret is married to celebrity author Anuja Chauhan.

Margaret Alva Biography Wikipedia
Margaret Alva
BornMargaret Nazareth
14 April 1942 (age 80)
Mangalore, Madras Presidency, British India
(present-day Mangaluru, Karnataka, India)
Political partyIndian National Congress
Spouse(s)Niranjan Alva​​(m. 1964; died 2018)​
Children3 son(s) and 1 daughter
Residence(s)New Delhi
Alma materMount Carmel College (B.A.), University Law College, Bangalore (LL.B.)
ProfessionLawyer

Margaret Alva Career

Alva joined politics under the guidance of then Karnataka chief minister Devaraj Urs, a close confidant of Indira Gandhi at the time. She was elected to the Rajya Sabha in 1974 at the age of 32.

She was re-elected to the upper house of Parliament in 1980, 1986 and 1992 and stayed a member of the Rajya Sabha till 1997—23 years at a stretch. From the very beginning, she has been known for her proximity to the Gandhi family, starting with Indira Gandhi.

Alva was 42 when Indira Gandhi chose her as the minister of state for parliamentary affairs in 1984. She held the same portfolio under prime ministers Rajiv Gandhi and P.V. Narasimha Rao.

While Rajiv Gandhi gave her the additional responsibility of minister of state for youth and sports and women and child development, an arm of the ministry of human resource development, Rao made her minister of state for personnel, public grievances and pensions.

In 1999, Alva was elected to the Lok Sabha from the Uttara Kannada constituency in Karnataka. Between 2004 and 2009, she served as general secretary of the All-India Congress Committee.

Alva helmed the role of coordinator in Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s office for two years. She was also the national convenor of the women’s wing of Congress.

Margaret Alva Controversy

In 2008, Alva kicked up a political storm when she publicly accused her party’s Karnataka unit of “selling tickets” to the highest bidder.

This was after her son, Nivedith, was denied a seat to contest the assembly elections. The outburst cost her politically as she was not only denied a ministerial position in the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government but her organizational responsibilities were also taken away. She was dropped as AICC general secretary and from the party’s election committee as well.

In her autobiography Courage & Commitment, published in 2017, Alva blamed senior Congress leader A.K. Antony for her removal from organizational positions and held that this was because she had once recommended Antony’s removal as Kerala chief minister. She also gave a detailed account of the frosty relationship between Sonia Gandhi and Narasimha Rao.

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Who is Margaret Alva?

Margaret Alva (born 14 April 1942) is an Indian politician. Alva served as the 17th Governor of Goa, 23rd Governor of Gujarat, 20th Governor of Rajasthan and 4th Governor of Uttarakhand the until the end of her tenure in August 2014. She has formerly served as the Cabinet Minister.

How old is Margaret Alva?

Margaret Alva is currently 80 years old.

Why is Margaret Alva trending?

In another setback to the opposition, TMC leader Abhishek Banerjee on Thursday announced that his party won’t back Margaret Alva in the vice-presidential election. He said the TMC will abstain from the vice-presidential election.

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