Gurudas Kamat

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Gurudas Kamat
Gurudas Kamat]
Minister of Communications and Information Technology
In office
2009 – 19 July 2011
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
Gurudas Kamat
Member of the India Parliament
for Mumbai North West
In office
16 May 2009 – 16 May 2014
Preceded by Priya Dutt
Succeeded by Gajanan Kirtikar
Member of the India Parliament
for Mumbai North East
In office
16 May 2004 – 16 May 2009
Preceded by Kirit Somaiya
Succeeded by Sanjay Dina Patil
In office
1998–1999
Preceded by Pramod Mahajan
Succeeded by Kirit Somaiya
In office
1991–1996
Preceded by Jayawantiben Mehta
Succeeded by Pramod Mahajan
In office
1984–1989
Preceded by Subramanian Swamy
Succeeded by Jayawantiben Mehta
Personal details
Born (1954-10-05) 5 October 1954 (age 61)
Ankola, Uttara Kannada, Karnataka
Political party INC
Spouse(s) Maharookh Gurudas Kamat
Children 1 son Dr Sunil Kamat
Residence Mumbai
Website gurudaskamat.com

Gurudas Kamat (born 5 October 1954) is an Indian politician. Member of Parliament elected from Mumbai North East constituency in 2009. He is an advocate by profession. He is from the Indian National Congress. He has represented Mumbai North East constituency of Maharashtra in the Lok Sabha five times (1984, 1991, 1998, 2004, and 2009). In 2014 he lost the Lok Sabha Election.[1][2]

He has an MBA degree and is a commerce graduate. He got married on 11 May 1981 and has a son. In 1976, he was awarded the Principal Wellingkar Trophy for the outstanding Student Award at the R.A. Podar College and in 1979 a fellow of Government Law College in Mumbai. He served as the Minister of State for Home affairs with additional charge of Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Government of India during 2009 to 2011. In July 2011 he resigned as minister.[3][4][5][6][7][8]

On 31 July 2015, Congress general secretary Gurudas Kamat has sparked a fresh controversy by calling Union HRD Minister, Smriti Irani, a 'bai'. "Her (Irani) family's financial condition was not good; therefore, she worked in a hotel in Versova. Since, Smriti was only 10th pass, she cleaned tables in the hotel," Kamat said .[9][10][11][12] Kamat, who is party affairs in charge of Rajasthan, said this while addressing a public meeting in Pali for upcoming municipal elections in Rajasthan. Born to a cross-cultural family, Irani before finding modelling stardom worked as a waitress at McDonald's. Kamat also attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying he inducted 'uneducated' Irani in Council of Minister because of some 'self interest'. For such offensive comments, National Commission for Women has served a notice to Gurudas Kamat on 1 August 2015. On 6 June 2016, he announced his resignation from Congress and decided to quit politics.

Positions held[edit]

  • 1976-1980 - President, National Student's Union of India
  • 1984 - Elected to 8th Lok Sabha (1st term)
  • 1984-1987 - President, Maharashtra Pradesh Youth Congress
  • 1987-1988 - President, Indian Youth Congress
  • 1991 - Elected to 10th Lok Sabha (2nd term)
  • 1997 - Vice President, Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee
  • 1998 - Elected to 12th Lok Sabha (3rd term)
  • 1998-99 - Member, Committee on Petitions Member, Committee on Petroleum and Chemicals
  • 2003 - Elected as Mumbai Regional Congress Committee President. Heads the Mumbai City Congress[13][14]
  • 2004 - Elected to 14th Lok Sabha (4th term)
  • 2004-2005 Chairman, Standing Committee on Energy
  • 2005 - Re-Elected as Mumbai Regional Congress Committee President
  • 2009 - Elected to 15th Lok Sabha from Mumbai North West (5th term)
  • 2011 - Minister of State of Drinking Water and Sanitation (2nd reshuffle of cabinet ministry)


Membership in the following government agencies[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Key Contestant: [http://congressleaders.in/Maharashtra/shri-gurudas-kamat/ Gurudas Kamat]". ndtv.com. Retrieved 16 January 2016.  External link in |title= (help)
  2. ^ "Rude jolt for Congress stalwarts in Mumbai". thehindu.com. 
  3. ^ "Sibal rejigs portfolios of Gurudas Kamat". thehindu.com. 
  4. ^ "Gurudas Kamat quits". ndtv.com. 
  5. ^ "Union Council of Ministers". thehindu.com. 
  6. ^ "Union Minister Gurudas Kamat inaugurates MIDC's First Musical Fountain". daijiworld.com. 
  7. ^ "The Awards were given away by [http://congressleaders.in/Maharashtra/shri-gurudas-kamat/ Shri Gurudas Kamat], Hon'ble Minister of State for Communications and IT". telecomtalk.info.  External link in |title= (help)
  8. ^ "Gurudas Kamat resigns". moneycontrol.com. 
  9. ^ "Congress' [http://congressleaders.in/Maharashtra/shri-gurudas-kamat/ Gurudas Kamat] Slammed for Offensive Comments About Smriti Irani". ndtv.com. Retrieved 16 January 2016.  External link in |title= (help)
  10. ^ "Congressman Gurudas Kamat hits back at the BJP". business-standard.com. Retrieved 16 January 2016. 
  11. ^ "[http://congressleaders.in/Maharashtra/shri-gurudas-kamat/ Gurudas Kamat] attacks PM Modi". oneindia.com. Retrieved 16 January 2016.  External link in |title= (help)
  12. ^ "Congress defends Gurudas Kamat". indianexpress.com. Retrieved 16 January 2016. 
  13. ^ "Gurudas Kamat is new MPCC chief". economictimes.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 16 January 2016. 
  14. ^ "Gurudas Kamat, Sanjay Nirupam come together for Mumbai Congress". economictimes.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 16 January 2016. 
  15. ^ "Telephone Advisory Committees (TACs)". dot.gov.in. 
Lok Sabha
Preceded by
Subramanian Swamy
Member of Parliament
for Mumbai North East

1984 – 1989
Succeeded by
Jayawantiben Mehta
Preceded by
Jayawantiben Mehta
Member of Parliament
for Mumbai North East

1991 – 1996
Succeeded by
Pramod Mahajan
Preceded by
Pramod Mahajan
Member of Parliament
for Mumbai North East

1998 – 1999
Succeeded by
Kirit Somaiya
Preceded by
Kirit Somaiya
Member of Parliament
for Mumbai North East

2004 – 2009
Succeeded by
Sanjay Dina Patil
Preceded by
Priya Dutt
Member of Parliament
for Mumbai North West

2009 – 2014
Succeeded by
Gajanan Kirtikar

External links[edit]

Congress candidates for 2004 elections to the Lok Sabha from Mumbai
Milind Deora (Mumbai South) | Govinda (Mumbai North) | Gurudas Kamat (Northeast Mumbai)
Eknath Gaikwad (North-Central Mumbai) | Sunil Dutt (North-West Mumbai) | Sachin Ahir (South-Central Mumbai)