Kuldeep Bishnoi

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Kuldeep Bishnoi
Kuldeep Bishnoi, Sirsa, 2nd December 2012.jpg
Member of Legislative Assembly of Haryana
In office
Member of Parliament of Lok Sabha
In office
Preceded byBhajan Lal
Succeeded byDushyant Chautala
Personal details
Born (1968-09-22) 22 September 1968 (age 50)
Hisar, Haryana, India
Political partyIndian National Congress (Earlier HJC (BL) which merged in 2016)
Spouse(s)Renuka Bishnoi
ChildrenBhavya Bishnoi
Chaitanya Bishnoi
Sia Bishnoi
ParentsBhajan Lal
ResidenceNew Delhi, Hisar

Kuldeep Bishnoi (born 22 September 1968) is an Indian politician from Indian National Congress. He is currently serving as third-time Member of the Legislative Assembly (India) from Adampur in the Hisar (city) of Haryana.

Personal life[edit]

Born to Smt. Jasma Devi and Ch. Bhajan Lal - Union Cabinet Minister (Agriculture; Environment & Forests) and three-time Chief Minister of Haryana - he graduated with a BA in Public Administration from Punjab University in Chandigarh.

He is married to Renuka Bishnoi, who is a Member of Legislative Assembly from Hansi (Hisar district) in Haryana. He has three children - two sons and a daughter. His eldest son, Bhavya Bishnoi, is an aspiring political leader,[1] and younger son, Chaitanya Bishnoi, is a professional cricketer with Chennai Super Kings in the IPL and Haryana in the Ranji Trophy.[2] His daughter, Sia Bishnoi, is pursuing design at Parsons Art and Design School, New York, USA.

Political career[edit]

Kuldeep Bishnoi first became MLA in 1998 from Adampur, a seat from which the family has never lost since 1968.[3] In 2004, he defeated the sons of Om Prakash Chautala (serving Chief Minister of Haryana at the time) and Bansi Lal (former Chief Minister of Haryana) - from Bhiwani in the Lok Sabha elections.

Kuldeep Bishnoi founded Haryana Janhit Congress - Bhajan Lal (HJC (BL)) in 2007[4] along with his father Ch. Bhajan Lal. He founded the party after he was ousted from the Indian National Congress[5] as he had criticised the then Haryana Chief Minister, Bhupinder Singh Hooda, for harming the interests of farmers by promoting special economic zones (SEZs) on fertile land.

In October 2009, the party fielded candidates in 89 of the 90 constituencies for the state assembly elections and won six of those seats. Five of the six elected representatives defected and transferred their support to Indian National Congress in lieu of ministerial portfolios. He filed a case against the defectors in the court of law and won. The Punjab and Haryana High Court disqualified them as members of the Haryana Legislative Assembly.[6]

In March 2010, he and his party workers were lathi charged by the Chandigarh Police for peacefully protesting against rising inflation and unemployment, and unfair government policies for the farmers.[7]

In 2011, following the death of his father, HJC and BJP formed an alliance. The alliance was announced at a joint press conference addressed by BJP president Nitin Gadkari, party leader Sushma Swaraj, former Minister Prof. Ganeshi Lal, HJC co-founder Kuldeep Bishnoi. He won the Lok Sabha by-election, defeating Ajay Singh Chautala of the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) and Jai Prakash of the governing Indian National Congress, among others.[8] Prakash and 38 other candidates forfeited their deposits. The elections gained attention due to their simultaneous occurrence with the Indian anti-corruption movement of 2011. In 2014, prior to the assembly elections, HJC-BJP alliance was broken off, the HJC claiming that BJP had failed to keep the alliance conditions.[9]

In 2016, after his meeting with the Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, Kuldeep Bishnoi merged HJC (BL) with the Indian National Congress]. He is presently a Special Invitee to the Congress Working Committee (CWC) and was a campaigner for the Rajasthan Assembly elections in 2018.[10]


  1. ^ "हिसार लोकसभा सीट : भव्य बिश्नोई दे सकते हैं दुष्यंत चौटाला को चुनौती!". www.nayaharyana.com (in Hindi). Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  2. ^ "Former Haryana Chief Minister Bhajan Lal's son, Kuldeep Bishnoi, ex-MP, sitting MLA, now a cricket dad". The Indian Express. 28 December 2016.
  3. ^ "Family affair: HJC fields Renuka Bishnoi from Adampur". The Times of India.
  4. ^ "Bhajan Lal quits Congress, floats new party". The Times of India.
  5. ^ "Cong sacks Haryana MP for indiscipline". News18.
  6. ^ "High court disqualifies five HJC MLAs who 'merged' into Congress". Hindustan Times. 9 October 2014.
  7. ^ "HJC seeks CBI probe into lathicharge on party workers". news.webindia123.com. 18 March 2010.
  8. ^ "'Hisar win foundation of BJP-HJC govt in Haryana'". Rediff.
  9. ^ "HJC snaps ties with BJP, accuses it of betraying allies". Jagran Post.
  10. ^ "From Sonia Gandhi to Manvendra Singh: Congress releases star campaigners list for Rajasthan". www.timesnownews.com.

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