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|Member of Lok Sabha|
|Prime Minister||Narendra Modi|
|Preceded by||Nivedita Mane (NCP)|
1 June 1967 |
Shirol, Kolhapur, Maharashtra
|Political party||Swabhimani Paksha|
Raju Shetti (born 1 June 1967),is an Indian Politician and Member of Parliament of India from Hatkanangle constituency in the 15th Lok Sabha . He is the president of the Swabhimani Paksha, the political party which he founded in 2004, after separating from the Shetkari Sanghatana. He also founded Swabhimani Shetkari Saghtana.
Raju Shetti was born in Shirol, a tehsil in Kolhapur district of Maharashtra. Being from indigent family, Raju’s domestic and financial conditions were very critical. In spite of this he had completed his diploma in Mechanical Engineering in 1985. While he was searching for job, destiny did not allow him any such attempt as in the same year his father expired. He was compelled to look after his farm cultivation for the livelihood of his poor family. His political journey from an ordinary farmer up to the parliament was full of innumerable difficulties, hardships and multi dimensional problems.
During the course of his farm cultivation he witnessed some of realistic and critical problems which an ordinary poor farmer has to face. As a result this he was attracted and fascinated by the ideology of Sharad Joshi’s Shetkari Sanghatana and became active participant of said organization. Raju Shetti was very aggressive in presenting and propounding the real problems of the farmers. Because of his undoubted fighting spirit he became the president of Shirol Taluka Shetkari Sanghtana. In this tenure as president he launched a huge agitation against zone bandi policy in 2000. Raju Shetti was the working president of Shetkari Sanghatana and successfully managed the organizational session at Miraj. As a result of grand success he was appointed as president of Shetakari Sanghatana for western Maharashtra region and became very popular in whole of state of Maharashtra.
In year 2001 he fought an election for Zilla Parishad from Udgaon constituency & won. During the elections he strived to present number of problems related to farmers as well as common man and attempted to solve them for the betterment of the society. Thereafter meanwhile some disputes arose between Sharad Joshi and Raju Shetti. Shetti preferred to say good bye to Joshi’s Shetkari Sanghtana and founded new Shetkari Sanghtana as Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana. Here Shetti full fledged and whole heartedly involved himself in agitation for getting an affordable rate to sugarcane growers. He vehemently and categorically insisted that until and unless affordable rates for sugarcane are not given to sugarcane cultivators the future of sugarcane production is bleak and dark, as such cultivation of sugarcane farming is totally detrimental to the financial and social interests of farmers. His said agitations gained lot of momentum among the farmers and also the threatened and existing government.
Shetti then realized that unless political power is with him, it would be very difficult to build pressure groups for farmers who are not united for their cause, with the same intention he decided to fight 2004 assembly elections from Shirol Constituency. In spite of many odds and evils, financial crisis. Shetti emerged victorious in the said election with the huge support of farmers and common man by defeating Rajendra Patil and Rajni Magdum. He became very popular MLA and again fought number of agitation for farmers. He was badly beaten by the police during agitation and sustained serious head injuries, but fortunately he survived by the blessing of lot of his supporters. Thereafter he proved to be the hero of farmers.
Mr Shetti decided to contest the Lok Sabha election in 2009 from Hatkangale Constituency. Initially nobody paid any heed to his candidature as his constituency happened to be strong hold of NCP. Mr Shetti was confident of his success because of his continuous social work as well as number of agitations, which he organized for the improvement of life of farmers. Neither he had money power, nor muscle power at this credit that was power of the people. It is with this power he fought Lok Sabha elections on the plank of social progress of justice to the farmers and at last Shetti got reward for his clean image, dedication to the society and desire for well being of farmers and common man. He emerged victoriously as MP with thumping majority from almost all parts of constituency defeating NCP’s sitting MP Nivedita Mane by 96,000 votes.
Again in 2014 Lok Sabha election, relying heavily on BJP’s plank, "Narendra Modi will bring a stable leadership to the country. Price rise will be controlled. You will get the safety you deserve" he allied with Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) to form a BJP-SSS alliance. This alliance helped Shetti to get support of 1.5 lakh more voters. He won by defeating NCP’s strong contender Kallappa Awade by a 177810 votes.
On 22 Dec 2011, he was presented with the Lokmat Maharashtrian of Year 2011 awards in Mumbai by President Pratibha Patil.
- "Bio-Profile of Member of Parliament "Raju Shetti"". NIC. 2009. Retrieved June 17, 2013.
- "Shetkari Sanghatana".