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Manoj Sinha
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2nd Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir
Assumed office
7 August 2020[1]
PresidentRam Nath Kovind
Chief MinisterVacant
Preceded byG. C. Murmu
Minister of State, Government of India
In office
16 May 2014 – 24 May 2019
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
Ministry
Term
Ministry of Railways (MoS)26 May 2014 - 24 May 2019
Ministry of Communications (MoS, Independent charge)5 July 2016 - 24 May 2019
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
In office
2014–2019
Preceded byRadhe Mohan Singh
Succeeded byAfzal Ansari
ConstituencyGhazipur
In office
1999–2004
Preceded byOmprakash Singh
Succeeded byAfzal Ansari
ConstituencyGhazipur
In office
1996–1998
Preceded byVishwanath Shastri
Succeeded byOmprakash Singh
ConstituencyGhazipur
Personal details
Born (1959-07-01) 1 July 1959 (age 62)
Mohanpura, Ghazipur District, Uttar Pradesh
CitizenshipIndian
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
Spouse(s)
Neelam Sinha
(m. 1977)
Residence
Alma materIndian Institute of Technology (BHU) Varanasi
ProfessionCivil engineer

Manoj Sinha (born 1 July 1959) is an Indian politician and the Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir.[1][2] He served as the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Communications and Minister of State for Railways in the Government of India. Sinha was elected as Member of Parliament in the Lok Sabha, representing Ghazipur for three terms from the Bharatiya Janata Party.[3][4] Sinha was in the race for the post of UP Chief Minister after 2017 Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly election.[5][6][7][8]

Early life and education

He has a B.Tech And M.Tech degree in Civil Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (BHU) Varanasi (earlier called IT-BHU).[9][10] During his student days, Sinha was the students' union president in the Banaras Hindu University.[2]

Political career

His political career began when he was elected as the president of Banaras Hindu University Students Union in 1982.[11] He was elected to the Lok Sabha for the first time in 1996 and repeated the term in 1999.[11] Sinha has been a member of the BJP national council from 1989 to 1996.[11] He was elected to the Lower House for a third term in national politics when the BJP swept the Lok Sabha elections in 2014.[11]

Prior to joining active politics, he was a member of the General Council, School of Planning during 1999–2000.[11] He has also been a member of committee on Energy and member of committee on Government Assurances.[11]

He was inducted as a member of the BJP National Council in 1989. He was elected for successive terms in 1996 & 1999 and again in 2014 to the Lok Sabha from Ghazipur Constituency in Uttar Pradesh. He was made the Minister of State for the Railways Ministry in the first set of ministers inducted into Narendra Modi government in May 2014. In July 2016, during the second cabinet reshuffle, he was also made Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Communications Ministry.[12]

Manoj Sinha at the launch of the India Post Payments Bank, in New Delhi on 1 September 2018

An agriculturalist at heart and a silent performer who consciously maintains a low profile, Sinha has been among the best performing members of Parliament in the 13th Lok Sabha in 1999.[11] He has a reputation for quick decision-making and delivering on time.[13]

Recently, he was counted among the seven most honest MPs by a leading magazine.[11] Sinha, a civil engineer and an IIT-BHU alumnus, has set a rare example by utilising his entire MPLAD Fund for the welfare of the people of his constituency.[11]

He is both recognised for a strong ability to connect with masses, especially at the rural level along with being a firm administrator.[14]

As Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir

Manoj Sinha was appointed as the Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir by the President of India, a day after G. C. Murmu resigned.[1] He took oath as the second Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir on 7 August 2020.[1]

Personal life

Manoj Sinha married Ms. Neelam Sinha on 8 May 1977. They have a daughter and a son. He maintains a low-profile image, wears his trademark dhoti and long kurta. He is fondly called Vikas Purush by his followers.[2]

References

  1. ^ a b c d "Manoj Sinha takes oath as LG of Jammu and Kashmir". The Times of India. 7 August 2020.
  2. ^ a b c Saubhadra Chatterji (19 March 2017). "Manoj Sinha: 6 things about contender for UP chief minister's post". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 29 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Manoj Sinha Biography - About family, political life, awards won, history". elections.in.
  4. ^ "New Team Modi Leaves Out These Big Names". NDTV.com. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  5. ^ "In Race for UP CM, Adityanath Pipped Manoj Sinha in the Last Lap". 22 March 2017.
  6. ^ https://theprint.in/politics/what-helped-manoj-sinha-a-low-profile-up-politician-kishore-kumar-fan-land-jk-l-g-post/476252/
  7. ^ "Manoj Sinha is front runner for U.P. CM". The Hindu. 17 March 2017.
  8. ^ "RSS red flag spoiled Manoj Sinha's chances of becoming UP chief minister". 19 March 2017.
  9. ^ "IITBHUGlobal.org: The Chronicle: Manoj Sinha (Civil 1979) appointed as Minister of State (Railways) in the new Cabinet". itbhuglobal.org.
  10. ^ Layak, Suman (10 July 2016), "Cabinet reshuffle: Modi government's got talent but is it being fully utilised?", The Economic Times
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h i Namita Bajpai (18 March 2017). "Manoj Sinha: A performer beyond caste". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 29 March 2017.
  12. ^ "PM Modi announces list of Cabinet ministers with portfolios". The Times of India. Indo-Asian News Service. 26 May 2014. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  13. ^ "Manoj Sinha, the new L-G of J&K: A hard taskmaster with a congenial style".
  14. ^ "Amit Shah likely to meet Modi, RSS tonight, decide on UP CM pick". Deccan Chronicle. 17 March 2017. Retrieved 30 March 2017.
Lok Sabha
Preceded by
Vishwanath Shastri
Member of Parliament
for Ghazipur

1996–1998
Succeeded by
Omprakash Singh
Preceded by
Omprakash Singh
Member of Parliament
for Ghazipur

1999–2004
Succeeded by
Afzal Ansari
Preceded by
Radhe Mohan Singh
Member of Parliament
for Ghazipur

2014–2019
Succeeded by
Afzal Ansari
Political offices
Preceded by
Ravi Shankar Prasad
Minister of Communications
5 July 2016 - 24 May 2019
Minister of State (Independent Charge)
Succeeded by
Sanjay Shamrao Dhotre
Government offices
Preceded by
G. C. Murmu
Lieutenant governor of Jammu and Kashmir
6 August 2020 - Present
Incumbent