Vijaya Rahatkar, currently the National President of BJP Mahila Morcha (Women Wing of BJP) and the Chairperson of the Maharashtra State Commission for Women, is one of the leading politicians in Bharatiya Janata Party. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Science with a major in Physics and a Postgraduate Degree in History, both from Pune University.She is from Aurangabad District in State of Maharashtra. Back in the year 1995, as a young woman and novice politician, with no political background or mentor, Vijaya started as a BJP Booth Karyakarta and has an exemplary journey from being a local to now the national political leader. Through these decades, she has held key leadership posts in BJP as well as in electoral politics. She was the elected member of the Aurangabad Municipal Corporation from the year 2000 to 2010; and was also elected as the Mayor of Aurangabad from 2007 to 2010, from General and Open Category.