|Member of the India Parliament |
for East Delhi
|Preceded by||Sandeep Dikshit|
|Succeeded by||Gautam Gambhir|
|Born||8 February 1974|
Nashik, Maharashtra, India
|Political party||Bharatiya Janata Party|
Maheish Girri is an Indian social activist and politician belonging to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and currently the National Secretary of the party. He was a Member of Parliament from the East Delhi Lok Sabha constituency.
Girri is an Art of Living faculty and a former International Director of the Art of Living Foundation. He is also the founder of the NGO Navbharat Sewa Samiti. He quit the India Against Corruption movement over differences with Arvind Kejriwal, and subsequently joined BJP, winning the 2014 General Elections from East Delhi.
Maheish Girri was born and brought up in Nashik. According to him, he left his home at the age of 17, after being drawn to spirituality. In 1999, he became a Peethadeesh (head of a peeth) in Junagadh, Gujarat. Subsequently, he met Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, and became an Art of Living teacher.
In 2009, he launched the Mantranaad movement aimed at creating a "Corruption free, Terrorism free India". In 2010, as an Art of Living leader, he launched the organization's Meri Delhi, Meri Yamuna ("My Delhi, My Yamuna") campaign to clean up the Yamuna river. In 2010, he led the "Clean Delhi" movement ahead of the Commonwealth Games. He has also helped organize over 108 medical camps and 151 free eye-and-ear check-up camps across slums of East Delhi.
In 2011, Girri joined India Against Corruption movement, but quit it after complaining about Arvind Kejriwal's "autocratic ways". Subsequently, he joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He was a Member of Parliament for the Bhartiya Janata Party in 16th Lok Sabha from the East Delhi constituency.
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- "Maheish Girri attributes East Delhi LS seat win to BJP, Narendra Modi". Zee News. 5 June 2014.