Rajesh Pilot

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Rajesh Pilot
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Rajesh Pilot
Minister of Internal Security
In office
Prime Minister P. V. Narasimha Rao
Minister of Telecommunications
In office
Prime Minister P. V. Narasimha Rao
Minister of Surface Transport
In office
Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi
P. V. Narasimha Rao
In office
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
In office
Constituency Dausa
Personal details
Born Rajeshwar Prasad Singh Bidhuri
(1945-02-10)10 February 1945
Viadpura, Ghaziabad district, Uttar Pradesh, India
Died 11 June 2000(2000-06-11) (aged 55)
Nationality Indian
Political party Indian National Congress
Spouse(s) Rama Pilot
Children Sachin Pilot (Son), Sarika Pilot (Daughter)
Religion Hinduism

Rajesh Pilot (born Rajeshwar Prasad Singh Bidhuri 1945–2000) was an Indian politician and a minister in the Government of India. He belonged to the Indian National Congress party and represented the Dausa constituency in Lok Sabha. His original name was Rajesh Bidhuri.[1]

Rajesh Pilot was born in Viadpura, a village in Ghaziabad District of Uttar Pradesh, to an armyman. His birthname was Rajeshwar Prasad Singh Bidhuri. He was brought up in the poor family of his uncle, in Delhi. Before joining politics, he served as a pilot in Indian Air Force, reaching the rank of squadron leader. Later, he adopted "Pilot" as his surname name.

Rajesh Pilot resigned from his post of squadron leader to join politics, under the influence of his friend Rajiv Gandhi, who later became the Prime Minister of India. He emerged as a major Gurjar leader.[2] In his first election as a candidate, Pilot defeated the former queen of Bharatpur. He sent Chandraswami to prison when he was the Internal Security Minister. Later, he lost the election for the post of the Congress president to Sitaram Kesri, but kept himself in the first line of Congress leaders.

Rajesh Pilot died on 11 June 2000 in a car accident near Jaipur.[3][4]

India Post has issued a commemorative postage stamps of Rs. 5.00 on 11th June 2008.

Political career[edit]

Year Event
1980 Won Lok Sabha elections from Bharatpur, Rajasthan
1984 Won Lok Sabha elections from Dausa, Rajasthan
1985-89 Minister for Surface Transport
1987 Set up the Jai Jawan Jai Kisan Trust
1991 Won Lok Sabha elections from Dausa, Rajasthan
1991-93 Minister for Telecommunication, Government of India
1993-95 Minister for Internal Security, Government of India
1995-96 Minister for Surface Transport
1996 Won Lok Sabha elections from Dausa, Rajasthan
1998 Won Lok Sabha elections from Dausa, Rajasthan
1999 Won Lok Sabha elections from Dausa, Rajasthan


  1. ^ "The Man without a smile". Tehelka. 31 March 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-16. 
  2. ^ R. R. Nair (1998-02-14). "BJP seeking to thwart Pilot on non-Gujjar votes". Rediff.com. Retrieved 2007-05-30. 
  3. ^ "Rajesh Pilot killed in road accident". The Hindu. 11 June 2000. Retrieved 2 May 2012. 
  4. ^ Kamla Bora (11 June 2000). "Rajesh Pilot dies in road mishap". Rediff.com. Retrieved 2 May 2012. 

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