Ram Naik

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Ram Naik (born April 16, 1934) is an Indian politician.

He was born in Atpadi, in Sangli district, Maharashtra, in a middle class deshastha family. He married Kunda Naik on May 17, 1960 and has 2 daughters. His elder daughter Nishigandha Naik is a biologist and his younger daughter Vishakha Kulkarni who is his personal secretary, has a son, Shardool . He is a commerce and law graduate; i.e., B.Com., L.Lb..

He defeated dreaded disease cancer in 1993.He was part of the central cabinet during the NDA rule and held the Oil and Natural Gas portfolio. He is instrumental in introducing Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme. He is known as a true railway commuters activist. Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation was formed when he was Minister of State for Railways.

He is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and was a member of the 13th Lok Sabha (1999–2004). He was the BJP candidate for elections to the 14th Lok Sabha representing Mumbai North, but lost to famous Bollywood actor Govinda, a INC candidate from Virar. Ram Naik announced in September 2013 that he will not contest the 2014 Lok Sabha Polls thus ending a glorious career in politics.[1]

Positions held[edit]

  • 1969-1977 - Organising Secretary, Bharatiya Jan Sangh, Mumbai
  • 1977-78 - General Secretary, Janata Party, Mumbai
  • 1978-1989 - Member, Legislative Assembly of Maharashtra (3 terms)
  • 1979-1980 - President, Janata Party, Mumbai
  • 1980-1986 - President, BJP, Mumbai
  • 1986-1989 - Vice President, BJP, Maharashtra
  • 1989 - Elected to 9th Lok Sabha
  • 1991 - Elected to 10th Lok Sabha
  • 1999 - Elected to 13th Lok Sabha
  • 1999-2004 - Union Cabinet Minister, Petroleum and Natural Gas
  • since 2004 - President, All India Disciplinary Committee of BJP

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