She grew up from a lower middle-class family and then started her political career with the Congress.
And, as a young woman in the 1970s, she quickly rose in the ranks to become the general secretary of the state Mahila Congress (1976–80).
She was a college-going adult in the mid-seventies when politics in
Throughout her political life she maintained an austere lifestyle and never spends money on clothes, cosmetics and jewellery and slung a cotton bag on her shoulder. She has remained single throughout her life.She graduated in arts from the