Gopal Rai

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Gopal Rai
Delhi Transport Minister
In office
14 February 2015 – 14 June 2016
Preceded by President's Rule
Delhi Rural Development Minister
In office
14 February 2015 – Incumbent
Preceded by President's Rule
Member of Legislative Assembly from Babarpur
In office
14 February 2015 – Incumbent

Gopal Rai is the Rural Development Minister of Delhi under the leadership of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. He is also social activist[citation needed] and a member of the Political Affairs Committee of the Aam Aadmi Party.

Background and Education[edit]

Gopal Rai is a Post-graduate in Sociology from Lucknow University, 1998.[1] He began his career with the All India Students Association, the student wing of the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) Liberation, in Lucknow University in 1992.[2][3] He is a member of the National Executive of the Aam Aadmi party.[4]


Rai began his career with All India Students Association in Lucknow University in 1992.[5] He is partially paralyzed as he was shot during his student days in Lucknow. He and two other member lead "Mein Bhi Aam Aadmi" campaign which started on 10 January and continued till 26 January 2014, for handling fund collection, association and management of other political groups.[6][7]

Rai lost the election from the Babarpur constituency got 25723 votes and stood in 3rd place in Delhi legislative assembly elections, 2013.[8] He was elected as MLA from Babarpur constituency in Delhi Legislative election, 2015 on 10th Feb and got the ministry of Transport and Labour.

On 13 December 2013, the fourth day of Anna Hazare's indefinite hunger strike for passage of Jan Lokpal Bill in Ralegaon Siddhi, a verbal spat between VK Singh and Gopal Rai took place, forcing Anna to ask Rai to leave Ralegaon.[9][10]


  1. ^ "Delhi 2013". Retrieved 12 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "Gopal Rai | Team Kejriwal | Photos India". 23 March 2013. Archived from the original on 24 August 2013. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  3. ^ Danish Raza. "Kejriwal’s A-Team: The who’s who of the Aam Aadmi Party". Firstpost. Retrieved 2013-06-13. 
  4. ^ Gargi Parsai (2012-11-24). "Team Kejriwal is now "Aam Aadmi Party"". The Hindu. Retrieved 2013-06-13. 
  5. ^ "Know who is AAP leader Gopal Rai who was publicly rebuked by Anna Hazare". India TV. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "'Main bhi Aam Aadmi', AAP's drive to hunt honest candidates". One India. 6 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "More than 50 lakh members enrolled with AAP, claims Gopal Rai". 22 January 2014. Retrieved 12 April 2014. 
  8. ^ "Constituencywise Result Status". Election Commission of India. 2013-12-08. 
  9. ^ "General VK Singh and AAP leader Gopal Rai lock horns at Anna Hazare's fast in Ralegan Siddhi". DNA. 13 December 2013. Retrieved 12 April 2014. 
  10. ^ "Anna asks AAP leader Gopal Rai to leave fast venue". MSN News. Retrieved 12 April 2014.