Kiren Rijiju

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Kiren Rijiju
Union Minister
Union Minister of State for Home Affairs
Assumed office
26 May 2014
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Preceded by R. P. N. Singh
Member of Parliament for
Arunachal West
Assumed office
16 May 2014
Personal details
Born 19 November 1971 (1971-11-19) (age 45)[1]
Nafra, West Kameng district, Arunachal Pradesh, India
Political party Bharatiya Janata Party
Spouse(s) Joram Rina Rijiju
Residence 9, Krishna Menon Marg, New Delhi – 110011
Education B.A., LL.B[2]
Alma mater Hansraj College, University of Delhi

Kiren Rijiju (born 19 November 1971) is an Indian politician and member of the Bharatiya Janata Party. Rijiju is current Union Minister of State for Home Affairs of India. Rijiju is considered the face of Bharatiya Janata Party in North East India.

Early life[edit]

Kiren Rijiju was born on 19 November 1971 in Nafra in West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh in India. He was born to a leading family of Shri Rinchin Kharu and Smt. Chirai Rijiju. His father himself was the first pro-term speaker of Arunachal to give oath to the Members of the first State Assembly.[3]

He was an active social worker since his school days; he led various social movements as a social worker and student leader. He was also a member of the youth and cultural team which participated in the Festival of India in USSR in 1987. He has widely visited many countries in the Middle East, Europe, Africa and the US as a member of various Parliamentary delegations. He was named the best athlete in his school and college days and he has participated in the National Games.[3]

He is a graduate of Hansraj College, University of Delhi and also has a graduate degree in Law from Campus Law Centre, Faculty of Law University of Delhi.[4] As a student he participated in the "Festival of India in USSR" held in Moscow in 1987.

Political career[edit]

Kiren Rijiju is considered the face of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in North East India. He served as a Member of Khadi and Village Industries Commission from 2000 to 2005. Kiren Rijiju is arguably the most iconic political leader from Arunachal Pradesh in recent times; he is often being referred to as the "voice of North East India". He occasionally writes articles on security & socio-economic issues.[5][6]

Rijiju has entered the Lok Sabha for the second time from the Arunachal (West) constituency of Arunachal Pradesh in India.[7]

Rijiju was placed among the top 5 opposition MPs reviewed by their peers in the treasury bench based on high benchmark in debates, discussions and decorum and was placed among stalwarts like L.K. Advani. He was also chosen as the best young MP by many national daily and English fortnightly magazine.[3]

In the 2004 general election, he was elected as a member of the 14th Lok Sabha, representing the constituency of Arunachal West in the Indian Parliament, which is the fourth largest Parliamentary constituency in India. He was one of the most outspoken parliamentarians in the 14th Lok Sabha.

In the 2009 general election, Rijiju was defeated by a very margin of 1314 votes by the Congress candidate. Soon after his defeat, Rijiju resigned from BJP and announced that he had an agreement with Congress Party to join it. But in 2012, he rejoined BJP. He has claimed that he never joined Congress after leaving BJP in 2009, but Congress leaders from Arunachal dispute this claim.[8]

In the 2014 general election, Rijiju was again elected as a member of parliament in the 16th Lok Sabha elections, representing the Arunachal West constituency. Kiren defeated Takam Sanjoy of the Indian National Congress by a margin of 41,738 votes.[9] He is in Narendra Modi's best of 45 Cabinets' list.[10]

He was made Union Minister of State for Home Affairs of India on 26 May 2014.[11] On 14 October 2014, in Arunachal Pradesh, he called for the construction of a road along the border of China (Tibet) in Arunachal. He again clarified the statement on 1 November 2014 in a clear manner, saying he was talking about infrastructure development in Indian territory and not in Chinese territory.

Personal life[edit]

His wife is Joram Rina Rijiju; the couple were married in 2004.[4] She is a graduate from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, New Delhi and is a gold medalist from Arunachal University. She is an assistant professor teaching history at Dera Natung Government College, Itanagar.


  1. ^ "Kiren Rijiju, a youth leader from Arunachal Pradesh". Ibn Live. Press Trust of India. 26 May 2014. Retrieved 8 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "KIREN RIJIJU BIOGRAPHY AND 2014 ELECTION RESULT". Compare Infobase Limited. Retrieved 8 June 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c C. B. Namchoom. "The saffron man, now playing the Jai Ho tune". eastern panorama. Retrieved 8 June 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Fourteenth Lok Sabha: Members Bioprofile". Lok Sabha. Retrieved 28 May 2014. 
  5. ^ "BJP's Rijiju defeats sitting MP Sanjoy in Arunachal West seat". Business Standard. Press Trust of India. 17 May 2014. Retrieved 19 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "Constituencywise-All Candidates". ECI. Retrieved 23 May 2014. 
  7. ^ "Kiren Rijiju: MoS of Home Affairs". New Delhi: 26 May 2014. Retrieved 8 June 2014. 
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  10. ^ "Kiren Rijiju one of the 45 ministers in Modi's Team". Arunachal Chakma News. 26 May 2014. Retrieved 8 June 2014. 
  11. ^ "Rijiju offered CM position". 

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