Arjun Modhwadia

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Arjun Modhwadia
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Arjun Modhwadia
Member of the Gujarat Legislative Assembly
for Porbandar
In office
December, 2002 – December, 2012
Succeeded by Babu Bokhiria
Personal details
Born (1957-02-17) February 17, 1957 (age 57)
Modhwada, India
Citizenship Indian
Nationality Indian
Political party Indian National Congress
Spouse(s) Hiraben
Children 2
Residence Porbandar
Alma mater Lukhdhirji Engineering College, Morbi; Saurashtra University
Occupation former Leader of the Opposition (2004-2007)
Profession Politician
Committees former president of Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC)
Religion Hindu
Website www.arjunmodhwadia.com

Arjun Modhwadia is an active politician from Gujarat, India.[1] He was the Leader of the Opposition in the Gujarat Legislative Assembly from 2004 to 2007. He had been a president of Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC),[2] the Gujarat wing of Indian National Congress from 2 March, 2011 to 20 December, 2012.[3]

Early life and career[edit]

Arjun Modhwadia was born at Modhwadia, a village near Porbandar, on 17 February 1957. His schooling was at government primary school of the village. He graduated with a Mechanical Engineer degree from Lukhdhirji Engineering College in Morbi. He became Senate member of Saurashtra University as a Registered Graduate constituency representative in 1982 to 2002. In 1988 he also became a member of the Executive Council of the University. He worked as an assistant engineer with the Gujarat Maritime Board for 10 years. He left his job in 1993 and joined politics.[1] He is merried to Hiraben and has a son and a daughter.[1]

He is associated with Maldevji Odedra Smarak Trust, Dr. Viram Godhania Mahila Arts, Commerce, Home Science and Computer Science College since 1988. He is a president of Gramya Bharati High School, Bayavadar since 2002 and a trustee of Sorath Kshay Nivaran Samiti, Keshod; an organization working for Tuberculosis patients, since 2004.[1]

Political career[edit]

He joined Indian National Congress in 1997.[1] In 2002, he contested assembly election and won.[3] In 2002, he became a member of Delimitation Commission of India for Gujarat (Parliamentary and Assembly constituencies). He was also appointed as a member of the Estimate Committee. He was the Leader of the Opposition of Gujarat Legislative Assembly from 2004 to 2007.[1]

He was re-elected in 2007 and from 2008-2009 he was also the chairman of the media committee and Chief Spokesperson of GPCC. On 2 March 2011, he was selected as a 27th president of GPCC.[2][3]

He lost assembly election in 2012 against Babu Bokhiria of BJP in Porbandar constituency. He also resigned from the post of president of GPCC on 20 December, 2012 following defeat.[4]

Controversy[edit]

In November 2012, he was served with a show cause notice from Election Commission for calling Narendra Modi, a Monkey.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Arjun Madhwadia-Journey". www.arjunmodhwadia.com. Official website. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Arjun Modhwadia appointed new state Cong president". The Indian Express. 3 March 2011. Retrieved 17 January 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c "Gujarat Congress chief: Did Arjun Modhwadia pip Shankersinh Vaghela?". Daily News and Analysis. 3 March 2011. Retrieved 17 January 2012. 
  4. ^ Bureau, Zeenews (20 December 2012). "Arjun Modhwadia resigns as Gujarat Congress president". Zee news. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "Arjun Modhwadia gets EC notice for ‘Modi is monkey’ jibe". The Times Of India. Retrieved 2012-11-23. 

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