|Full name||Jothimani Sennimalai Jothimani - Instagram|
|Nickname||Jo Jothimani - Facebook|
|Profession(s)||Politician, Writer, Social Worker|
|Known for||Being the Congress MP from Karur constituency|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 170 cm
in meters- 1.70 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 7”
|Weight (approx.)||in kilograms- 55 kg
in pounds- 121 lbs
|Figure Measurements (approx.)||34-26-34|
|Political Party||Indian National Congress
|Political Journey||• At the age of twenty-two, she joined the Indian Youth Congress, a youth wing of the Indian National Congress.
• She contested the 2011 Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly elections from Karur constituency, but did not win the seat.
• In 2014, she contested the General elections, but could not win.
• In 2015, she announced that she would contest the 2016 Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly election from Aravakurichi constituency, but later, she withdrew her name from the election.
• In 2019, she won the 2019 Indian general elections from Karur constituency.
|Awards||• 1999: Ilakkiya Chinthanai Award for Best short story
• 2007: Shakthi Award for Best short story collection
|Date of Birth||9 August 1975 (Saturday)|
|Age (as of 2022)||47 Years|
|Birthplace||Dharapuram, Tirupur, Tamil Nadu|
|Hometown||Periya Thirumangalam, Aravakurichi, Karur District, Tamil Nadu|
|College/University||• Sri G.V.G Visalakshi College for Women, Udumalaipet
• Annamalai University, Tamil Nadu
• Annamalai University, Tamil Nadu
• Bharathiyar University, Tamil Nadu
|Educational Qualification(s) Loksabha.nic.in||• Bachelor of Science in Mathematics
• Master of Arts (2003)
• Master of Philosophy (2005)
|Address||She resides at 47/1, KP Towers, Ramakrishnapuram,Karur, Tamil Nadu- 639001 Tels: , 04324232626.|
|Hobbies||Reading, Engaging with children and old age people, Agriculture activities|
|Controversies||• Jothimani an actor not a politician:
In 2019, Jothimani attracted controversy when Tamil Nadu General Secretary, KS Narendiran, took to Twitter to post a picture of Jothimani in two different outfits. In one of the pictures, she was seen wearing a saree, and in another picture she was seen wearing jeans and top. Narendiran called her an actor. After his tweet, people started posting pictures of Narendra Modi wearing a shirt and kurta pajama. She responded to the tweet after some days and questioned why women's clothing is a topic of discussion for people. The Federal
• Exit from a television show:
In 2020, Jothimani attracted controversy when she heard sexist comments by Bharatiya Janata Party spokesperson, Karu Nagarajan on a live interview on television. She was talking about the mishandling of immigrants during the Covid-19 pandemic by BJP, when Karu made personal comments on her. She left the show in the middle of the conversation. Later, she received a lot of support from public, and people started using the hashtag #I_standwith_Jothimani on social media. BBC
• Case against her own party:
In 2021, she filed a case against her own party for electing the party candidates in an explicit way before the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly Election. In a Twitter post, she said,
I am aware of the sentiments that are currently simmering in the minds of Congress volunteers. Selection on Constituency for candidates isn't done in an explicit manner. Lots going wrong. I had knocked repeatedly. Unfortunately no answer. Will the leaders not listen to the voice of justice that erupts from honest candidates? The News Minute
• Hurting Hindu sentiments:
In 2022, in an interview, Jothimani said that no one in her village in Tamil Nadu has seen Lord Ram temple. After the clip from the interview went viral, she was accused of hurting religious sentiments. The Commune
• Beaten by Delhi Police:
In 2022, Jothimani attracted controversy when she alleged the Delhi Police personnel of tearing her clothes during the protests against the Centre and the ED for investigating Rahul Gandhi in the National Herald money laundering case. In an interview, she talked about this and said,
The women MPs and office-bearers of our party, including me, were peacefully marching out of our AICC headquarters today. We are women party workers. We were exercising our democratic right to protest. The Delhi police behaved with us brutally. Some paramilitary personnel were also there. They dragged me and others. They used brutal force. Around ten people carried me and threw me and others into a bus. We protested. Some 60-70 police personnel were there. They refused to give us water for an hour. We tried to buy water but they threatened the waterwallah and sent him out. Whether it is a woman MP or a woman or an MP of any political party, this is not the way to behave.This is not the democracy that we want." The Indian Express
|Relationships & More|
|Parents||Father- Sennimalai (farmer)
• Cash: Rs. 5,35,000
• Deposits in Banks, Financial Institutions and Non-Banking Financial Companies: Rs. 3,83,605
• LIC or other insurance Policies: Rs. 6,27,450
• Jewellery: Rs. 6,00,000
Gross Total Value: Rs. 21,46,055 My Neta
• Agricultural Land: Rs. 30,00,000
• Residential Buildings: Rs. 9,00,000
Total Immovable Assets: Rs. 39,00,000 My Neta
|Net Worth (as of 2019)||Rs. 5,667,055 My Neta|
Some Lesser Known Facts About Jothimani
- Jothimani is an Indian politician, writer and social worker who is known for being the Congress MP from the Karur constituency.
- When she was thirteen years old, she lost her father, and her mother passed away in 2018.
- In an interview, she talked about her journey to becoming a politician. She said that when she was young, the people in her village boycotted the Dalit community from taking water from the village. She felt bad about this and thought if she had power, she could support the minorities. After she filed her application to contest the panchayat union elections in 1996, her mother and relatives got upset with her.
- She became the Panchayat Union Councillor in 1996 and worked till 2006.
- Before becoming the Congress MP, she worked as the General Secretary and Vice President of the Indian Youth Congress and Tamil Nadu Youth Congress respectively.
- While pursuing her graduation, she was elected as the chairperson of the College Students Union. She used to take part in NSS camps and social service activities.
- She joined politics at the age of twenty-two.
- She served as a member of the Tamil Nadu Censor Board between 2006 to 2009.
- In 2006, she got a chance to represent Indian Youth Congress at American Council for Young Political Leaders in the US and in 2009, she represented Indian Youth Congress at Asian Young Leader’s Summit in Malaysia.
- In 2010, she was an active member of the Asian Women Leaders Meet held in New Delhi.
- She has written three books including Ottrai Vasanai, Sithirak Koodu, and Neer Pirakku Munn. In the book, Ottrai Vasanai, she wrote about her experience of bringing water to the Dalits in the village. The book was selected as one of the best short stories by a Tamil weekly in 1996.
- She met Rahul Gandhi in 2004 during the party’s talent hunt programme in Andhra Pradesh. In an interview, she said that she wrote down her suggestions on paper and handed them to Rahul. He liked her ideas and later, asked former Union minister of state Jitendra Singh to guide her.
- In 2014, she launched her personal manifesto in the 2014 General Elections. In an interview, she talked about this and said,
Right-based campaign is basically an attempt to educate women and farmers on their rights, especially to Centrally sponsored schemes like the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, besides training panchayat presidents to ensure to ensure that the funds allotted for the schemes reach the real beneficiaries.”
- In 2015, she was the All India Mahila Congress secretary of Karnataka.
- In 2019, she claimed that the Karur district collector T. Anbazhagan had blocked her mobile number, due to which she was unable to present the issues faced by people in Karur.
- In 2019, she became the first Congresswoman parliamentarian to be elected from the Karur Lok Sabha seat.
- In an interview, she gave a message to the young girls and said,
Do join politics, politics is everywhere, women are oppressed, so get into the place where you can make decisions. Go and run the elections, after completing the age of 21, I did the same 23 years ago. Don’t think of politics as a dirty word, rather it will help you understand yourself better.”
- In 2021, she was arrested by the police for holding a protest against the government’s decision of removing the old Mahatma Gandhi statue in Karur and building a new bronze statue. After the police reached the spot, she was arrested.
- In 2021, she did a dharna in front of the collector’s office to put special camps for the disabled. She wanted to conduct the camps to select beneficiaries who can receive assistive devices supplied by the Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corporation (ALIMCO). In an interview, she talked about special camps and said,
I have personally visited 6300 out of 6800 village (sic) in my constituency. I was shocked by thousands of differently abled people who have sought our assistance. Will I ask for a camp if there was no need? On what basis is the collector not conducting the camps.”
- In 2022, after she accused the Delhi police of brutally beating the Congress leaders while they were protesting against Rahul Gandhi’s investigation by the ED. A few days after the protest, she was taken to Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital because of high fever and severe body pain.