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Ajay Maken at an NDTV Sports event, 2012
|Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation|
28 October 2012 – 15 June 2013
|Prime Minister||Manmohan Singh|
|Preceded by||Selja Kumari|
|Succeeded by||Girija Vyas|
|Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports|
May 2011 – 28 October 2012
|Succeeded by||Jitendra Singh|
|Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha|
|Succeeded by||Meenakshi Lekhi|
12 January 1964 |
|Political party||Indian National Congress|
|Children||1 son and 2 daughters|
|Alma mater||University of Delhi|
|As of 16 September, 2006
Ajay Maken's grandfather, O. P. Maken, was a freedom fighter and his family had political inclinations. He was elected as the President of Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) in 1985, having the rare honour of being the only B.Sc. Chemistry (Hons.) Final Year student to serve this post. His victory as President, DUSU was largely due to the massive sympathy wave generated by the assassination of his uncle Lalit Maken. , a Member of Parliament from South Delhi. Ajay Maken was subsequently elected as the President of Delhi Transport Corporation Trade Union.
Delhi State Assembly
In 2001, he was appointed as the Transport, Power and Tourism Minister. He implemented the CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) based Public Transport System in Delhi and is credited with the privatisation of the electricity distribution in Delhi.
In 2004, he was appointed the Speaker of Legislative Assembly of Delhi, at age 39, becoming India's youngest Speaker in a State Assembly.
In the 2004 general election, Maken represented the Congress for the New Delhi constituency. He defeated a sitting Cabinet Minister, Jagmohan, from the Bharatiya Janata Party candidate. The constituency was a BJP stronghold, with many BJP stalwarts like Atal Bihari Vajpayee and L.K.Advani having been elected from there.
From 2006 to 2009, he held the independent portfolios as the Minister of State and the Minister of Urban Development, the youngest minister in the Congress to be sworn in the Council of Ministers in Indian Government. H played a key role in finalising the Master Plan for New Delhi. In 2007, he was appointed a permanent invitee to the Working Committee of All India Congress Committee. He was entrusted with the responsibility of the states, Orissa and Jharkhand.
In the 2009 general elections, Maken retained the New Delhi Parliamentary constituency. He was appointed as the Minister of State for Home Affairs, entrusted with countering left wing extremism, raising of additional police battalions, and establishment of a national human rights division.
In 2011, Maken was appointed the Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs after the 2010 Commonwealth Games scam, replacing M. S. Gill. He was appointed as Minister for Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation in 2012.
Maken was defeated in the 2014 general elections by the BJP candidate Meenakshi Lekhi. He served as the Congress General Secretary until 2015, when he resigned after party's failure to win any seat in the 2015 Delhi Legislative Assembly election.
He was faced with the daunting task of implementing the Hon'ble Supreme Courts orders to convert Delhi Public Transport to CNG. As Transport Minister he supported and implemented CNG (compressed natural gas) based Public Transport System in Delhi that earned world-wide accolades for being an environment friendly public transport system. This led to improvement in ambient air quality of Delhi, which now has more than 100,000 vehicles running on CNG fuel—the highest in any city in the world.
Personal life and family background
Ajay Maken belongs to a family of freedom fighters and politicians. His great grandfather Shri Jagat Ram and grandfather Shri O. P. Maken were freedom fighters and hailed from the Haria town of Gujarat district, now a part of West Pakistan. His uncle Mr. Satya Prakash Maken was a Metropolitan Councilor, he died at an early age of 26, which led his uncle Mr. Lalit Maken into politics. Mr. Lalit Maken later became a popular Trade Union leader and also an MP. He was married to Smt. Gitanjali, who was the daughter of Late Shri Shankar Dayal Sharma, the ex-President of India. The demise of Mr. Lalit Maken and his wife Smt. Gitanjali saw the entry of Ajay Maken into active politics.  Ajay Maken is married and has three children. He received his education in St. Xavier's School, Delhi.
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