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Preeti Sharma Menon
Native nameप्रीति शर्मा मेनन
Born15th April, 1969
Mumbai, Maharastra, India
OccupationPolitician
NationalityIndian
Years activeAugust 2011 - Present

Preeti Sharma Menon or प्रीति शर्मा मेनन (born 15 April 1969) is a National Executive Member and spokesperson of Aam Aadmi Party. She joined the India Against Corruption movement in 2011.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Preeti Sharma Menon was born on April 15, 1969 in Mumbai and has spent her entire life in the city. She attended Loreto Convent School, Chembur. She has said she was influenced by the discipline, patriotism and courages of the Irish Catholic nuns in her school. She participated in public speaking and debates while in school. In the 1980s, she was a technical writer and authored books on computers for school and university use. She acquired a B.A in English Literature from Mumbai University in 1990.

After working as a freelance corporate trainer, she founded Synergy Relationship Management Services in 2001 to offer large scale training and hiring. Synergy Relationship Management was sold in 2008, and had over 4000 employees across 100 cities in India by that time.

In 2008, she founded Balaji Farms and Country Homes in Raigad, Maharashtra to promote rural tourism. Balaji Farms is set on a five-acre plot in a green belt and introduces farming and animal care to city dwellers.[1]

Soon after, she founded Viira Travels and Logistics Private Limited. Vira Cabs were conceptualized as a cab service driven by women chauffeurs. Today, the cab service has a fleet of 30 cabs and has trained over 200 women to acquire commercial driving licenses.

In August 2011, she joined the India Against Corruption movement in Mumbai and participated in fund raising, merchandise management, media coordination and organization set-up..[2][3]

At the time of Aam Aadmi Party's inception she was appointed the Secretary of Maharashtra state[4] and was responsible for setting up the structures across the state, managing IT, media and social media for the state. She was the lead person in charge of the 2014 Loksabha election for the party in Maharashtra. In June 2014, she resigned as state secretary of the AAP Maharashtra, citing personal reasons, though continued to be a member of the AAP party.[5][6][7]

In 2015, she was made the National Co-Convenor for Overseas and Fund Raising and in 2016 was appointed as a National Executive Member in the party. She has actively worked in exposing scams of the powerful politicians and is a petitioner in the Public Interest Litigation that resulted in the arrest of former Deputy Chief Minister Chhagan Bhujbal. She has made allegations of scams of by ministers of the present government including Eknath Khadse, Pankaja Munde, Arjun Khotkar, and Vinod Tawde.

In 2016, the real estate developer Avinash Bhosale filed a defamation suit against Preeti Sharma Menon and three others for Rs. 400 Crore, alleging that they put out a false story about him regarding a land transaction.[8][9]

In 2017, she alleged that BJP leader Pankaja Munde had given contracts to fake self-help groups on behalf of the government, and that the groups have been black-listed by the Supreme Court.[10][11] She has come under fire for requesting donations on Twitter.[12]

Personal life[edit | edit source]

Her family originally hails from Haryana and Rajasthan, and her father endured partition, escaping from Karachi to Delhi and eventually settling in Mumbai in the 1960s. Her mother's family has been in settled in Mumbai since the 1930s. She is married into a Malayali family. Her husband is an IT professional. They have one daughter.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "AAP leader Preeti Sharma Menon accuses Minister Pankaja Munde being involved in the aganwadi scam". NMTV. May 31, 2017.
  2. "AAP leader accuses Maharashtra minister Pankaja Munde of corruption, demands her resignation". Scroll India. May 31, 2017.
  3. "Will drag AAP's Preeti Menon to court, she's known to make baseless allegations: Eknath Khadse". DNA India. May 22, 2016.
  4. http://aamaadmiparty.org/teams/preeti-sharma-menon/
  5. "Anjali Damania, Preeti Sharma Menon quit AAP". The Economic Times. 2014-09-30. Retrieved 2018-04-26.
  6. "Aam Aadmi Party's Anjali Damania, Menon resign from party posts". The Indian Express. Retrieved 2018-04-26.
  7. "अंजलि दमानिया, प्रीति शर्मा मेनन ने आप पार्टी के पदों को छोड़ा" [Anjali Damania, Preeti Sharma Menon, you left the party posts]. NDTVIndia. Retrieved 2018-04-26.
  8. "Real Estate Baron Avinash Bhosale Files Rs 400 Crore Defamation Suit Against AAP Leader". NDTV.com. Retrieved 2018-04-26.
  9. "Will drag AAP's Preeti Menon to court, she's known to make baseless allegations: Eknath Khadse | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis". dna. 2016-05-22. Retrieved 2018-04-26.
  10. "महाराष्ट्र : पंकजा मुंडे फिर विवादों में, पोषण आहार के ठेके देने में मनमानी का आरोप" [Maharashtra: Pankaja Munde again accused of arbitrariness in giving contracts for nutrition, in disputes]. NDTVIndia. Retrieved 2018-04-26.
  11. "फिर विवादों में पंकजा मुंडे, AAP ने लगाया भ्रष्टाचार का आरोप" [Pankaja Munde, AAP accused of corruption in the controversy]. Dainik Jagran (in हिन्दी). Retrieved 2018-04-26.
  12. "'आप' की महिला नेता ने मांगा चंदा, ट्विटर वालों ने किए ऐसे Funny रिप्लाई" ['AAP' woman leader asked for money, here are funny replies]. dainikbhaskar (in हिन्दी). 2017-04-19. Retrieved 2018-04-26.


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