Ritesh Pandey

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Ritesh Pandey
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
Assumed office
23 May 2019
Preceded byHari Om Pandey
ConstituencyAmbedkar Nagar
Member of the Legislative Assembly
In office
March 2017 – May 2019
Preceded bySher Bahadur Singh
ConstituencyJalalpur
Personal details
Born (1981-04-23) 23 April 1981 (age 40)[1]
Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
Political partyBahujan Samaj Party
ParentsRakesh Pandey[1]
ResidenceLucknow, Uttar Pradesh
ProfessionAgriculture, business, social work[1][2]

Ritesh Pandey (born 23 April 1981) is an Indian politician serving as the Member of Parliament from Ambedkar Nagar constituency. He is a member of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) from the state of Uttar Pradesh.[3] He was also a member of the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly from the Jalalpur constituency in Ambedkar Nagar, which he represented between June 2017 and May 2019.[4] He was appointed as the Leader of the BSP in the Lok Sabha in January 2020.[5] Prior to this appointment, he served as the Deputy Leader.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Pandey was born in Lucknow on 3 April 1981 to politician Rakesh Pandey and Manju Pandey.[7] His father is a former Member of Parliament from Ambedkar Nagar. His older brother, Ashish Pandey is a real estate businessman.[8][9] He graduated with a bachelor's degree in international business management from the European Business School in London in the year 2005.[2][9]

Politics[edit]

In the 2019 Indian Parliamentary Elections, Pandey won the Lok Sabha polls from Ambedkar Nagar by defeating his closest rival from the BJP, Mukut Bihari, with a winning margin of 95880 votes.[10] In the assembly elections of 2017, he was elected as a MLA from the Jalalpur constituency, with a victory margin of 90303 votes.[3] In 2012, Pandey unsuccessfully contested for the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, losing to Sher Bahadur Singh from the Samajwadi Party.[11] Pandey has been ranked 19th in the Parliamentary Business Survey among 539 MPs in the country. He is the youngest MP to appear in the Top-20. Pandey has also got an excellent grade for the expenditure incurred on development works.[12][13]

Social work[edit]

Pandey is the chairman of the Raghuraji Devi Foundation Trust who works on reforming education and promoting youth cultural events. He is also the co-founder and CEO of Awadh Mutineers, a grassroots sports initiative that trains and supports underprivileged children for playing football.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Member Profile". www.upvidhansabhaproceedings.gov.in. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Ritesh Pandey(Bahujan Samaj Party(BSP)):Constituency- AMBEDKAR NAGAR(UTTAR PRADESH) - Affidavit Information of Candidate". myneta.info. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Jalalpur Election Results 2017: Ritesh Pandey of BSP Wins". News18. Retrieved 9 November 2017.
  4. ^ "Ambedkarnagar didn't let down Maya - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 9 November 2017.
  5. ^ "Ambedkar Nagar MP appointed leader of BSP in Lok Sabha". Outlook. 14 January 2020. Retrieved 16 January 2020.
  6. ^ PTI (8 August 2019). "BSP removes Danish Ali as Leader of Party in Lok Sabha with eye on giving greater representation to OBCs; Jaunpur MP to take up post". Firstpost. Retrieved 16 January 2020.
  7. ^ "Members : Lok Sabha". loksabhaph.nic.in. Retrieved 15 March 2021.
  8. ^ Shekhar, Raj (16 October 2018). "Delhi: Ex-BSP MP Rakesh Pandey son Ashish Pandey brandishes gun at Delhi's five-star hotel, booked | Delhi News - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  9. ^ a b Singh, Rajesh Kumar (17 October 2018). "BSP leader whose son brandished gun outside Delhi hotel has huge business empire". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  10. ^ "General Election 2019 - Election Commission of India". results.eci.gov.in. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  11. ^ "BSP gets drubbing in dalit bastion - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 9 November 2017.
  12. ^ "Ritesh Pandey has been ranked 19th in the Parliamentary Business Survey among 539 MPs in the country". Soochna 25. Retrieved 9 January 2021.
  13. ^ "Ritesh Pandey has been ranked 19th". Parliamentary Business. Retrieved 9 January 2021.
  14. ^ "The Mutineers Debut Tornado Tournament – From Awadh to Delhi – Grassroots Football India". grassrootsfootball.in. Retrieved 9 November 2017.