Sachin Pilot

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Sachin Pilot
Sachin Pilot at the India Economic Summit 2010 cropped.jpg
Pilot at the World Economic Forum's India Economic Summit, 2010
5th Deputy Chief Minister of Rajasthan
In office
17 December 2018 – 14 July 2020
GovernorKalyan Singh
Kalraj Mishra
Chief MinisterAshok Gehlot
Preceded byKamla Beniwal (2003)
ConstituencyTonk
President of the Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee
In office
13 January 2014 – 14 July 2020
National PresidentSonia Gandhi
Rahul Gandhi
Preceded byC. P. Joshi
Succeeded byGovind Singh Dotasra
Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of Corporate Affairs
In office
29 October 2012 – 26 May 2014
Prime MinisterManmohan Singh
Preceded byVeerappa Moily
Succeeded byArun Jaitley
Minister of State, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology
In office
28 May 2009 – 28 October 2012
Prime MinisterManmohan Singh
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
In office
16 May 2009 – 16 May 2014
Preceded byRasa Singh Rawat
Succeeded bySanwar Lal Jat
ConstituencyAjmer
In office
17 May 2004 – 16 May 2009
Preceded byRama Pilot
Succeeded byKirodi Lal Meena
ConstituencyDausa
Personal details
Born
Sachin Rajesh Pilot

(1977-09-07) 7 September 1977 (age 42)
Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India
NationalityIndian
Political partyIndian National Congress (2003-Present)
Spouse(s)
Sara Abdullah
(
m. 2004)
Children2 sons
ParentsRajesh Pilot (father)
Rama Pilot (mother)
RelativesFarooq Abdullah (father-in-law),
Omar Abdullah (brother-in-law)
Alma materUniversity of Delhi (BA)
I.M.T. Ghaziabad
(PGDM)
University of Pennsylvania (MBA)

Sachin Rajesh Pilot (born 7 September 1977) is an Indian politician who was the Deputy Chief Minister of Rajasthan and also President of the Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee.[1][2] As member of the Congress party, he has represented the Tonk assembly seat in Rajasthan since 2018.

Pilot was previously a member of the Indian Parliament for the Ajmer in 2009 and Dausa constituencies of Rajasthan, becoming the youngest member of parliament when he was elected from the latter seat in 2004, aged 26. He lost Lok Sabha election from Ajmer constituency in 2014 [3] He served as the Minister of Corporate Affairs in the second Manmohan Singh Ministry.

Early life[edit]

Pilot was born in Gautam Budh Nagar District of Uttar Pradesh. He is the son of the late Congress leader Rajesh Pilot and Rama Pilot. His father was a Union minister of India. His ancestral village is Vaidpura in Noida.[4]

He studied at Air Force Bal Bharati School, New Delhi, and holds a B.A. from St. Stephens College, University of Delhi, a diploma in marketing from I.M.T. Ghaziabad and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA.[5][6]

He was employed with the Delhi Bureau of the British Broadcasting Corporation[7] and then with American multinational corporation General Motors for two years.[8]

Career[edit]

Pilot receives the President of Malawi Bingu wa Mutharika in New Delhi, c. 2010.
Electoral History
Election Party House Constituency Status
2004 INC Lok Sabha Dausa Won
2009 Ajmer Won
2014 Lost
2018 INC Rajasthan Legislative Assembly Tonk Won

In the 2004 Lok Sabha elections, Pilot was elected from the Dausa constituency. At the age of 26, he became the youngest MP in India.[9] In the 2009 Lok Sabha elections, he defeated the Bharatiya Janata Party's Kiran Maheshwari by a margin of 76,000 votes and won the seat of Ajmer.[10] Pilot was a member of the Lok Sabha's Standing Committee on Home Affairs and member of the Consultative Committee in the Ministry of Civil Aviation. In 2012, he became the Minister of Corporate Affairs in the second Manmohan Singh ministry.

In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, he was again nominated from the Ajmer constituency and was defeated by a margin of 1,71,983 votes by Bharatiya Janata Party's sitting MLA Sanwarlal Jat.

In 2014, he was appointed the President of the Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee.[9]

Deputy Chief Minister of Rajasthan[edit]

In the 2018 Legislative Assembly elections, Pilot won from the Tonk seat, after defeating Yunus Khan by a margin of 54,179 votes.[11] It was speculated that Pilot, who was considered instrumental in the Congress's victory in the state[9], would be given the post of chief minister.[12][13] On 17 December 2018, he was sworn in as Deputy chief Minister of Rajasthan under Ashok Gehlot.[14]

On 13 July 2020, Pilot's office issued a statement saying that the government of chief minister Ashok Gehlot was in a minority.[15] An aide of Pilot's indicated that he would not be joining the Bharatiya Janata Party.[16]

The Indian National Congress on 14 July 2020, sacked Sachin Pilot as the Deputy Chief Minister and Rajasthan Congress President for his revolt against the party and its leadership.[17]

After his revolt there was speculation that he would join the BJP, like his former colleague Jyotiraditya Scindia, but on 15 July 2020 he rejected the rumours and stated: "I am still a member of the Congress party".[18]

The Rajasthan Speaker, C.P. Joshi, issued notices to 19 dissident Congress MLAs including Sachin Pilot on 14 July 2020 after the Rajasthan Congress passed a resolution that they be disqualified from the state Assembly as they had defied a party whip to attend two Congress Legislature Party meetings.[19][20] Pilot challenged this notice in the Rajasthan High Court on 17 July 2020. The High Court asked the Speaker to defer action on disqualification notices till 21 July 2020.[21]

Personal life[edit]

Sachin Pilot married Sara Abdullah on 15 January 2004. Sara Abdullah is the daughter of Farooq Abdullah, chairman of Jammu & Kashmir National Conference and ex-Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir.[22] Together they have two sons, Aaran and Vehaan.[23][24][25]

His father was also member of parliament and was also union minister.

He was one of the 714 Indians mentioned in the Paradise Papers tax evasion.[26]

Army service[edit]

Sachin Pilot on 6 September 2012 became the first Union minister of India to be commissioned as an officer in the Territorial Army (India), fulfilling his desire to follow his father's footsteps to be in the armed forces. He is therefore known as Lieutenant Pilot for being an officer in the Territorial Army (India). [27] After being commissioned he said, "This has been my desire to join the army for very long as I wanted to have my links with the armed forces, like my father and grandfather. I am honoured to be part of this family."[27]

Books published[edit]

  • Rajesh Pilot: In Spirit Forever, co-authored with sister Sarika Pilot.[28]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Congress sacks Sachin Pilot as Rajasthan deputy CM, PCC chief". The Times of India. 14 July 2020. Retrieved 14 July 2020.
  2. ^ "The End Nears. Sachin Pilot Is Now Ex Deputy Chief Minister". NDTV.
  3. ^ https://www.moneycontrol.com/news/india/rajasthan-election-result-2018-live-updates-sachin-pilot-or-ashok-gehlot-all-eyes-now-on-cm-announcement-3272111.html
  4. ^ "Sachin Pilot - Rediff.com". www.rediff.com. Retrieved 5 November 2019.
  5. ^ "Fifteenth Lok Sabha Members Bioprofile - Sachin Pilot". loksabha.nic. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  6. ^ "Lok Sabha 2009 Winner -Ajmer (RAJASTHAN): Sachin Pilot". myneta.info. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  7. ^ "I wanted to be an Air Force pilot: Sachin Pilot". Rediff.com. 30 March 2012. Retrieved 3 March 2014.
  8. ^ "Sachin Pilot". Indiatoday. 18 March 2009. Retrieved 3 March 2014.
  9. ^ a b c PTI (11 December 2018). "Sachin: The pilot who helped drive Cong to victory in Rajasthan". The Hindu Business Line. Retrieved 9 March 2020.
  10. ^ Sachin 'pilots' Congress to victory – Times Of India.| Timesofindia.indiatimes.com (2009-05-18). Retrieved on 5 April 2012.
  11. ^ "Rajasthan Elections: Sachin Pilot Wins Tonk By Over 54,000 Votes". Huffington Post. 11 December 2018. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  12. ^ "Congress picks Ashok Gehlot as Rajasthan CM, Sachin Pilot as Deputy CM". The Economic Times. 15 December 2018. Retrieved 9 March 2020.
  13. ^ DelhiDecember 14, India Today Web Desk New; December 15, 2018UPDATED:; Ist, 2018 14:28. "Good evening, Rajasthan. This is your pilot Ashok Gehlot. With me is my co-pilot Sachin". India Today. Retrieved 9 March 2020.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link) CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  14. ^ "Ashok Gehlot sworn in as Rajasthan chief minister, Sachin Pilot as deputy CM". The Times of India. 17 December 2018. Retrieved 11 March 2020.
  15. ^ "Sachin Pilot revolts, says Gehlot govt in minority; Dy CM claims support of 30 MLAs". Times of India. 13 July 2020.
  16. ^ "Sachin Pilot not joining BJP, says his aide amid turmoil in Rajasthan Congress". Hindustan Times. 13 July 2020.
  17. ^ "Sachin Pilot Sacked as Deputy CM, State Congress Chief After Revolt; Ashok Gehlot Meets Governor". News18.
  18. ^ ""Not Joining BJP, Attempt To Malign Me Before Gandhis": Sachin Pilot". NDTV.
  19. ^ "Gehlot guns for disqualification, Pilot says dissent: A look at precedence". India Today.
  20. ^ "Rajasthan political crisis:Sachin Pilot takes Congress to court over disqualification".
  21. ^ "High Court asks Speaker to defer action on disqualification notices till July 21". The Hindi.
  22. ^ Ismat Tahseen (25 July 2010). "I don't take advantage of my surname: Sara Pilot". DNAindia.com. Retrieved 3 March 2014.
  23. ^ "Sachin Pilot shows assets worth Rs 4.5 crore - Times of India". IndiaTimes.com. Retrieved 8 July 2017.
  24. ^ "A Football match by Cequin". photogallery.IndiaTimes.com. Retrieved 8 July 2017.
  25. ^ Sarah Abdullah and Sachin Pilot .(2008-11-06). Retrieved on 5 April 2012.
  26. ^ "Paradise Papers reveal 714 Indians on tax haven list: How corporations, politicians and celebs stash wealth". Firstpost. 8 November 2017. Archived from the original on 2 May 2019. Retrieved 2 May 2019.
  27. ^ a b "Sachin Pilot commissioned as Territorial Army officer - Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis". DNAIndia.com. 6 September 2012. Retrieved 8 July 2017.
  28. ^ Pilot takes off

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Preceded by
Veerappa Moily
Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of Corporate Affairs
29 October 2012 to 26 May 2014
Succeeded by
Arun Jaitley
Preceded by
Veerappa Moily
Minister of State, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology
28 May 2009 to 28 October 2012
Succeeded by
Lok Sabha
Preceded by
Rasa Singh Rawat
Member of Parliament
for Ajmer

16 May 2009 to 16 May 2014
Succeeded by
Sanwar Lal Jat
Preceded by
Rama Pilot
Member of Parliament
for Dausa

17 May 2004 to 16 May 2009
Succeeded by
Kirodi Lal Meena