Mohsin Raza

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Mohsin Raza
Mohsin Raza And Shadab Abdi.jpg
Minister of Minority Affairs of Uttar Pradesh
Assumed office
19 March 2017
Preceded byAzam Khan
Member of Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council
Assumed office
11 September 2017
Personal details
Born (1968-01-15) 15 January 1968 (age 50)
Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party

Syed Mohsin Raza Naqvi (born 15 January 1968), commonly known as Mohsin Raza, is an Indian politician from the state of Uttar Pradesh. He is the Minister of Minority Affairs of the state in the Yogi Adityanath ministry.

Raza is a Muslim by faith and comes from a family of landowners which traces its root to the city of sufis Safipur. Between 1987 and 1989 he represented Uttar Pradesh in the Ranji Trophy. He also had a career in modelling and acting and was also crowned as Prince Lucknow in 1995. In 2014, he joined the Bharatiya Janata Party and was elevated to the post of its spokesperson. Following the party's victory in the 2017 Assembly election of Uttar Pradesh, he was made a cabinet minister and given the portfolio of Minority Affairs.

Personal life[edit]

Raza was born in Lucknow (the capital of Uttar Pradesh state) on 15 January 1968. He hails from a family of zamindars (landowners) which traces its root to the city of Sufis Safipur.[1] He is the son of Syed Jina Raza Naqvi. Father Jinna was known as a person of great perseverance as he had tried almost 5/6 times to pass and earn his High School certificate from Mahatma Gandhi Higher Secondary School, Safipur, Unnao, UP.[2] Raza is a Shia Muslim by faith. His wife is a Sunni Muslim and a relative of Bharatiya Janata Party leader Najma Heptulla. His wife also contested in local election in Safipur.[3]

Early career[edit]

Raza started his cricketing career with the MRF Pace Foundation (located in Chennai) and went on to represent his state, Uttar Pradesh in the Ranji Trophy.[4] His First-class cricket career was between 1987 and 1989. In the two first class matches he played, he scored five runs and took four wickets and had a bowling average of 42.75 runs per wicket.[1]

Raza also had a career in modelling and in the film induatry. He acted in the televisiom drama Neem ka Ped which aired in DD National. He was also crowned winner of the "Prince Lucknow" title in 1995.[5]

Political career[edit]

In 1999, Raza was made the chairman of the Indian National Congress party's sports unit. After he was elevated to the post of a convenor, he resigned from his post. His brother Arshi Raza said that he left because he felt that things were "not going his way". In 2010, he launched a political party named Safipur Vikas Manch.[3]

Prior to the 2014 Indian general election, Raza joined the Bharatiya Janata Party and was made the spokesperson of the party in 2016.[3] The 2017 Assembly election was won by the Bharatiya Janata Party with Yogi Adityanath being sworn in as the chief minister of the state. The party did not field any Muslim candidate in any one of the 403 assembly constituencies.[1] He was made a cabinet minister and given the portfolio of Minority Affairs and became the only Muslim in the ministry of Yogi Adityanath.[6] With Raza not being a member of either Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly or Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council, it was required for him to get elected to any of the bodies within six months of his appointment.[7]

Raza urged the wealthy Muslims to refrain from availing the Haj subsidy so that the poor Muslims could use it and make their Haj (Islamic pilgrimage).[8]

On 11 September 2017, Raza was elected unopposed to the Legislative Council.[9]


Bharatiya Janata Party[edit]

Raza is of the opinion that the Bharatiya Janata Party is not an anti Islamic party. According to him, the Indian National Congress party has made the Muslim community feel that the Bharatiya Janata Party is against Muslims. He also said that his party did not indulged themselves in politics of votebank.[10]

Triple Talaq[edit]

Triple Talaq is a controversial method of unilateral divorce amongst Muslims where the husband divorces his wife by announcing the word "Talaq" thrice. Raza feels that this practise is against the Constitution of India and should be banned. He also said that a new law for divorce must be drafted and this practise harasses woman. He is also of the opinion of banning the All India Muslim Personal Law Board for supporting the Triple Talaq.[11]


  1. ^ a b c "Who is Mohsin Raza, the lone Muslim face in Yogi Adityanath's cabinet?". Indian Express. Retrieved 12 August 2017.
  2. ^ "Lucknow: Ex-cricketer now lone muslim minister". Indian Express. Retrieved 12 August 2017.
  3. ^ a b c "Mohsin Raza, Sole Muslim Member, Joins UP CM Adityanath's Ministry". News18. Retrieved 12 August 2017.
  4. ^ "Meet Mohsin Raza, lone Muslim member in Yogi Adityanath's ministry in UP". South Live. Archived from the original on 12 August 2017. Retrieved 12 August 2017.
  5. ^ "All you need to know about Mohsin Raza, BJP-led UP govt's sole Muslim minister". DNA India. Retrieved 12 August 2017.
  6. ^ "UP Cabinet 2017: Mohsin Raza, lone Muslim Minister in Yogi Adityanath govt, gets Minority portfolio". India. Retrieved 12 August 2017.
  7. ^ "Meet Yogi Adityanath's lone Muslim minister Mohsin Raza in UP Cabinet". India Today. Retrieved 12 August 2017.
  8. ^ "UP Minority Affairs Minister Mohsin Raza Asks 'Rich Muslims' to Give up Haj Subsidy". News18. Retrieved 13 August 2017.
  9. ^ "U.P. Minister Mohsin Raza elected to Legislative Council; BJP wins all five seats". The Hindu. 11 September 2017. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  10. ^ "Mohsin Raza, lone Muslim face in UP's Saffron brigade". Times of India. Retrieved 12 August 2017.
  11. ^ "Ban AIMPLB for endorsing triple talaq: UP minister Mohsin Raza". Times of India. Retrieved 13 August 2017.