Rajiv Pratap Rudy

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Rajiv Pratap Rudy
Rajiv Pratap Rudy
Minister of State (Independent Charge)
Skill Development and Entrepreneurship
In office
November 2014 – 31 August 2017
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Preceded by Ministry Created
Succeeded by Dharmendra Pradhan
Member of the Indian Parliament
for Saran
Assumed office
Preceded by Lalu Prasad Yadav
Member of the Indian Parliament
for Chapra
In office
Preceded by Heera Lal Rai
Succeeded by Lalu Prasad Yadav
In office
Preceded by Lal Babu Rai
Succeeded by Heera Lal Rai
Member of Bihar Legislative Assembly
In office
Personal details
Born (1962-03-30) 30 March 1962 (age 56)
Amnour, Saran, Bihar, 841401 India
Political party

Bharatiya Janata Party

Bihar People's Party
Spouse(s) Neelam Pratap (1991-present)
Children 2
Alma mater Panjab University[disambiguation needed]

Rajiv Pratap Rudy (Hindi: राजीव प्रताप रूडी, born 30 March 1962) is an Indian politician, representing Bharatiya Janata Party,[1] and a Member of Parliament representing Saran (Lok Sabha constituency) in Bihar, India since May 2014. In November 2014, he was made Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship in Narendra Modi's government, a key ministry in view of Modi's slogan of 'Make in India' and associated attempts to make India a production hub. He also shares Parliamentary Affairs department jointly with another Minister of State, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. Rudy is a General Secretary of Bharatiya Janata Party, a position he will relinquish soon since he has joined the government. He also holds a commercial pilot's license. Rudy is in Limca Book of Records for being the only parliamentarian to fly a commercial aircraft having flown Airbus-320 and Indigo airlines.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Rajiv Pratap Rudy was born to Vishwanath Singh and Prabha Singh on 30 March 1962 in Patna, Bihar.[4][5] He is from a Bihari Rajput family.[6] His ancestral village is Amnour, Saran, Bihar.[7][8] Rudy was a lecturer of Economics in A.N. College, Patna prior to entering politics,[9] but he had been involved in student politics while at Panjab University Campus, Sector 14, Chandigarh and in Government College, Sector, 11, Chandigarh, which is affiliated to Panjab University, Chandigarh.

Political career[edit]

He is currently the Lok Sabha MP from Saran constituency in Bihar. Rudy was first elected in 1990 as a Member of the Bihar Legislative Assembly on Janata Dal ticket from Taraiya at the age of 28.[10] He was elected to the Lok Sabha - the lower house of the Parliament of India - as a candidate of the BJP.[10] He was re–elected for a second term of Lok Sabha in 1999, from Chapra (Lok Sabha constituency) for BJP.[10] He served as the Minister of State for Commerce, Trade & Industry and subsequently became Civil Aviation Minister with independent charge in the National Democratic Alliance government led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee.[10] Rudy had earlier held the post of National Vice President of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha. He was a General Secretary and member of the BJP National Executive.

Rajiv Pratap Rudy at an event in Sonpur

Rudy lost to Lalu Prasad in 2004 General elections in Chapra (Lok Sabha constituency).[11][12] He was elected to Rajya Sabha from Bihar in 2010.[4][13][14] He contested the 2014 Lok Sabha Elections from Saran (Lok Sabha constituency) and defeated former Chief Minister of Bihar, Rabri Devi.[15][16] He was sworn-in as Minister of State on 9 November 2014 and got Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship.[17]

In October 2015, Rajiv Pratap Rudy was in a controversy over sharing on Twitter over sharing a screenshot of Pakistan's daily Dawn website carrying Nitish Kumar's ad of vote appeal during Bihar Legislative Assembly election, 2015, prompting JD (U) to launch a sharp attack on him and seek his immediate sacking.[18] He submitted his resignation from the cabinet on 31/8/2017 prior to imminent reshuffle on 2/9/2017.

Personal life[edit]

Rudy married Neelam Pratap on 9 March 1991 at the age of 29.[19][20] They have two daughters.[10] Elder daughter Avshreya Rudy (born 1993) is a lawyer and also a polo player[21] and played for HVR BARODA CUP 2015. His younger daughter Atisha Pratap Singh (born 2000) is a kuchipudi dancer.[22][23][24][25]


  1. ^ "Bringing out the jazz & blues for July 4". 
  2. ^ "We politicians have betrayed nation: Rajiv Pratap Rudy". 
  3. ^ "Lunch with BS: Rajiv Pratap Rudy". 
  4. ^ a b "Rudy details for Rajya Sabha June 2010" (PDF). 
  5. ^ "Rudy profile" (PDF). 
  6. ^ http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/why-are-rudy-shahnawaz-and-ram-kripal-not-in-modi-ministry/1/364467.html
  7. ^ "Amnour village" (PDF). 
  8. ^ "Rudy, a Rajput from Amnaur and a trained commercial pilot". 
  9. ^ https://india.gov.in/my-government/indian-parliament/rajiv-pratap-rudy-0
  10. ^ a b c d e "Member's Web Site". Archived from the original on 2009-01-13. 
  11. ^ "Keen contests Lalu Yadav v Rudy 2004". 
  12. ^ "countermand Chhapra". 
  13. ^ "Ram Vilas Paswan, Rajiv Pratap Rudy win Rajya Sabha seats from Bihar". Hindustan Times. 17 June 2010. Archived from the original on 31 December 2013. Retrieved 24 December 2013. 
  14. ^ "National Office Bearers". Retrieved 2013-12-24. 
  15. ^ "Saran win". 
  16. ^ "Rudy defeats Rabri Devi". 
  17. ^ "Cabinet Expansion: Manohar Parrikar gets Defence, Harsh Vardhan transferred from Health to Science Ministry". New Delhi: PTI. 10 November 2014. Retrieved 5 December 2014. 
  18. ^ "Failed By a Screenshot, Rajiv Pratap Rudy Faces Digital Jibes". 
  19. ^ "Leading a full life". 
  20. ^ "Rudy archive profile". 
  21. ^ http://www.deccanchronicle.com/sports/in-other-news/160316/a-polo-nial-queen-s-sport.html
  22. ^ http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/events/delhi/Asharaje-Gaekwad-hosts-HVR-Baroda-Cup-Polo-tournament-at-the-Jaipur-Polo-Grounds-in-Delhi/articleshow/49769811.cms
  23. ^ http://www.newindianexpress.com/thesundaystandard/Weaving-Ties-with-Ikat/2016/02/28/article3300266.ece
  24. ^ http://www.livehindustan.com/news/Moradabad/article1-atisha-rudy-in-public-meeting-538527.html
  25. ^ http://www.amarujala.com/india-news/atisha-is-learning-politics-from-her-father-rajiv-pratap-rudy
Lok Sabha
Preceded by
Lal Babu Rai
Member of Parliament
for Chapra

1996 – 1998
Succeeded by
Heera Lal Rai
Preceded by
Heera Lal Rai
Member of Parliament
for Chapra

1999 – 2004
Succeeded by
Lalu Prasad Yadav
Preceded by
Lalu Prasad Yadav
Member of Parliament
for Saran

2014 – Present
Political offices
Preceded by
Ministry Created
Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship
26 May 2014 – 3 September 2017
Minister of State (Independent Charge)
Succeeded by
Dharmendra Pradhan

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