|Member of the Indian Parliament
|Preceded by||Nivedita Sambhajirao Mane|
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 on 1 June 1967. He did his D. M. E. from Dr. J. J. Magdum Polytechnic, Jaysingpur, Kolhapur. He is married to Sangeeta Shetti, and the couple has a son.
Raju Shetti was associated with Sharad Joshi's Shetkari Sanghatana (Farmer's Organization), but due to some disputes with the latter, the former formed new organization named, Swabhimani Shetkari Saghtana.
Later, he formed Swabhimani Paksha. In Indian general election, 2009, he fought from Hatkanangle as an Swabhimani Paksha candidate, and defeated sitting MP Nivedita Sambhajirao Mane, hence was elected to Lok Sabha, lower house of Indian Parliament.
His party, Swabhimani Paksha, formed an alliance with Bharatiya Janata Party and joined NDA in 2014. He re-contested his constituency, Hatkanangle, in 2014 and was reelected to the Parliament defeating Kallappa Awade.
On 22 Dec 2011, he was presented with the Lokmat Maharashtrian of Year 2011 awards in Mumbai by President Pratibha Patil.
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