C. P. Joshi

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Dr. C P Joshi
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Speaker of Rajasthan Legislative Assembly
Assumed office
16 January 2019
Preceded byKailash Chandra Meghwal
Minister of Railways
In office
11 May 2013 – 16 June 2013
PresidentPranab Mukherjee
Prime MinisterManmohan Singh
Preceded byPawan Kumar Bansal
Succeeded byMallikarjun Kharge
In office
22 September 2012 – 28 October 2012
Preceded byMukul Roy
Succeeded byPawan Kumar Bansal
Minister of Road Transport and Highways
In office
19 January 2011 – 16 June 2013
Preceded byKamal Nath
Succeeded byOscar Fernandes
Minister of Panchayati Raj
In office
22 May 2009 – 18 January 2011
Preceded byMani Shankar Aiyar
Succeeded byVilasrao Deshmukh
Member of the 15th Lok Sabha
In office
16 May 2009 – 16 May 2014
Preceded byVijayendrapal Singh
Succeeded bySubhash Chandra Baheria
Personal details
Born (1950-07-29) 29 July 1950 (age 68)
Nathdwara, Rajasthan, India
Political partyIndian National Congress
ProfessionProfessor of Psychology

Dr. C. P. Joshi (born 29 July 1950) is an Indian politician. He is a current Speaker of the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly. He was the Member of Parliament of India from Bhilwara in the 15th Lok Sabha.

He contested the 2014 Lok Sabha elections from Jaipur (Rural) seat.[1] He was one of the first 19 members of India's new cabinet sworn in on 22 May 2009, despite being a first-time member of the Lok Sabha. He is the former minister of Road Transport and Highways and Railway.[2] He is a member of the Indian National Congress.[3]

Educational background[edit]

Joshi completed his primary and higher secondary education at his birthplace Nathdwara, Rajasthan. He finished his graduation from University College of Social Sciences & Humanities, Udaipur with a B.A. in Law, and completed his Masters in Physics. He also completed his Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Psychology. He began his academic career as a lecturer at the University College of Social Sciences & Humanities, Udaipur. Before entering full time politics, Joshi was a Professor of Psychology at Udaipur's Mohanlal Sukhadia University, with a specialisation in Intelligence Quotient.

Political career[edit]

Mohan Lal Sukhadia, founder of modern Mewar, recognised Joshi's social commitments and encouraged him to actively participate in politics. He was elected as Student Union President for Mohanlal Sukhadia University in 1973. He was elected MLA from Nathdwara Assembly (1980 and 1985, 1998 and 2003). He addressed various issues, such as the lack of education, roads, and animal feed in the constituency.

In 1998, he became the Cabinet Minister for the state handling key portfolios like Panchayati Raj, Education, Rural Development, Public Health Engineering, Policy Planning, and Information Technology. He gave a new direction to the significant departments of Abhiyantrik Yojna, Panchayati Raj and Education and made his distinguished presence in these fields.

In 2003, as an opposition MLA, he was appointed President of the Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee. In a span of few months, he brought the state unit together to win the 2008 assembly elections only to lose his own seat by one vote, to Bharatiya Janata Party candidate Kalyan Singh Chauhan. He is the second person in the Indian election history to lose an assembly election by one vote. The first candidate to lose by a single vote was A. R. Krishnamurthy against R. Dhruvanarayana at the Santhemarahalli constituency of Karnataka during 2004 assembly elections.

In 2012, after Mamata Banerjee went out of UPA and Mukul Roy resigned as Railways Minister, CP Joshi got extra charge of Railways Ministry.[4]


  1. ^ Elections 2014 Results: BJP's Rajyavardhan Rathore defeats Cong's CP Joshi
  2. ^ PTI. "CP joshi resign". Indian express. Retrieved 16 June 2013.
  3. ^ "C.P. Joshi springs a surprise by securing place in first batch". The Hindu. 23 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-23.
  4. ^ "CP Joshi takes charge as Railway Minister". IBN Live. 24 September 2012. Retrieved 4 October 2012.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Kamal Nath
Minister of Road Transport and Highways
19 January 2011 - 16 June 2013
Succeeded by
Oscar Fernandes
Preceded by
Raghuvansh Prasad Singh
Minister of Rural Development
22 May 2009 – 18 January 2011
Succeeded by
Vilasrao Deshmukh
Preceded by
Mani Shankar Aiyar
Minister of Panchayati Raj
22 May 2009 – 18 January 2011
Succeeded by
Vilasrao Deshmukh
Preceded by
Pawan Kumar Bansal
Minister of Railways
11 May 2013 – 16 June 2013
Succeeded by
Mallikarjun Kharge
Preceded by
Kailash Chandra Meghwal
Speaker of Rajasthan Legislative Assembly
16 January 2019 - Present
Succeeded by