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Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
In office
15th Lok Sabha.[1]
Constituency Sant Kabir Nagar, Uttar Pradesh.[1]
Personal details
Born (1960-09-30) 30 September 1960 (age 57).[1]
Tanda, Gorakhpur, (Uttar Pradesh)
Citizenship India
Nationality India
Political party Bahujan Samaj Party.[1]
Spouse(s) Mrs. Reena Tiwari
Children 2 sons & 2 daughters.
Parents Mr. Hari Shankar Tiwari (Father),
Mrs. Ramlali Devi (mother)
Residence Gorakhpur & New Delhi.[1]
Profession Farmer &
Committees Member of three committees

Bhishma Shankar alias Kushal Tiwari is an Indian politician and is Member of Parliament of the 15th Lok Sabha of India. He represents the Sant Kabir Nagar constituency of Uttar Pradesh and is a member of the Bahujan Samaj Party political party.[1][2]

Early life and education[edit]

Bhismshankar was born in Tanda, Gorakhpur in the state of Uttar Pradesh. His highest attained education is intermediate. By profession, he is a farmer.[1]

Political career[edit]

Bhishma Shanker started his political career as a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party , on whose ticket he contested the Lok Sabha elections from Balrampur in Eastern Uttar Pradesh. This seat held special significance for the BJP as this was the first constituency from where Atal Bihari Vajpayee contested his first election.[3] He was defeated by Rizwan Zahir of the Samajwadi party by a margin of 6000 votes, a rather trivial number by Indian electoral standards. He then contested the 2004 General Election from Khalilabad(now Sant Kabir Nagar) unsuccessfully against the incumbent Bhal Chandra. Bhishma Shanker was elected to the 14th Lok Sabha in a by-election in which he trounced Bhal Chandra by a heavy margin of 70,000 votes from Sant Kabir Nagar constituency ,when it came into existence in 2008 as a part of the implementation of delimitation of parliamentary constituencies based on the recommendations of the Delimitation Commission of India. He has been elected two straight terms from the constituency. In 2009 , he defeated Sharad Tripathi of the BJP by a margin of 30,000 votes. A proactive parliamentarian,he was a member of several standing committees including External Affairs and Public Undertakings.

Bhishma Shanker and his Family are regarded as perhaps the most prominent face of Brahmins and Brahmin related politics in Uttar Pradesh. Their stewardship of the Brahmins of Poorvanchal has often placed them at odds with the Gorakhnath Temple and the local Member of Parliament and current chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, Adityanath , whom people regard as a prominent Thakur leader.[4]

Posts held[edit]

# From To Position
01 2008 2009 Member, 14th Lok Sabha
02 2009 2014 Member, 15th Lok Sabha
03 2009 2014 Member, Committee on Public Undertakings
04 2009 2014 Member, Committee on External Affairs
05 2009 2014 Member, Committee on Public Undertakings

See also[edit]

Personal Life

Mr. Tiwari is married to Mrs. Reena Tripathi. They have four children together. Both their daughters are successful doctors, a gynaecologist and a radiologist respectively. Their elder son , Ishaan Shanker Tiwari is a Mechanical Engineering graduate from the University of Bristol,England. The younger son, Satvik Shanker Tiwari is a Civil Engineering graduate from the university of Nottingham.

He is the son of Mr. Hari Shanker Tiwari,a stalwart of Eastern Uttar Pradesh politics,and the brother of Vinay Shanker Tiwari, member of the legislative assembly from Chillupar.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Member Profile". Lok Sabha website. Retrieved January 2014.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. ^ "Detailed Profile". Indian Government official website. Retrieved January 2014.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  3. ^ "Vajpayee's record". The Hindu. Retrieved 2017-08-22. 
  4. ^ "Former minister's house 'raided', son says due to 'differences' with Chief Minister". The Indian Express. 2017-04-24. Retrieved 2017-08-22.