Sachin Pilot

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Sachin Pilot
Sachin Pilot Smiling at an event, October 2022.jpg
Pilot at an event, 2022
Member of the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly
Assumed office
17 December 2018
Preceded byAjit Singh Mehta
5th Deputy Chief Minister of Rajasthan
In office
17 December 2018 – 14 July 2020
GovernorKalyan Singh
Kalraj Mishra
Chief MinisterAshok Gehlot
Ministry and Departments
  • Public Works Department.
  • Rural Development & Panchayati Raj.
  • Science & Technology.
  • Statistic.
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 – 24 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
In office
17 May 2004 – 16 May 2009
Preceded byRama Pilot
Succeeded byKirodi Lal Meena
Personal details
Sachin Rajesh Pilot

(1977-09-07) 7 September 1977 (age 45)
Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India
NationalityIndia Indian
Political partyIndian National Congress
Sara Pilot
(m. 2004)
Parent(s)Rajesh Pilot (father)
Rama Pilot (mother)
Alma materUniversity of Delhi (BA)
I.M.T. Ghaziabad
University of Pennsylvania (MBA)
Military service
Allegiance India
Branch/service Indian Army
Years of service2011– present
RankCaptain of the Indian Army.svg Captain
UnitSikh Regiment

Sachin Pilot (born 7 September 1977) is an Indian politician of Indian National Congress. Earlier he served as the MoS (Independent charge) Corporate Affairs  & MoS Communication & IT, Government of India,[1] Deputy Chief Minister of Rajasthan and also President of the Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee.[2][3] As Member of the Congress party, he has represented the Tonk assembly seat in Rajasthan since 2018. Sachin became the youngest citizen of India to become Member of Parliament.[4]

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 was unseated from the Lok Sabha during the 2014 election from Ajmer constituency.[5] He served as the Minister of Corporate Affairs in the second Manmohan Singh Ministry.

Early life[edit]

Pilot was born to late Congress leader Rajesh Pilot and Rama Pilot. His father was a Union minister of India. His ancestral village is Vaidpura in Noida, Uttar Pradesh.[6]

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

Electoral history[edit]

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


Pilot receives the President of Malawi Bingu wa Mutharika in New Delhi, c. 2010.

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 76,596 votes and won the seat of Ajmer.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

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

Deputy Chief Minister of Rajasthan[edit]

Early times[edit]

In the 2018 Legislative Assembly elections, Pilot won from the Tonk seat, after defeating Yunus Khan by a margin of 54,179 votes.[10] 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.[11][12] On 17 December 2018, he was sworn in as Deputy chief Minister of Rajasthan under Ashok Gehlot.[13]

2020 Political crisis[edit]

On 13 July 2020, Pilot's office issued a statement saying that the government of chief minister Ashok Gehlot was in a minority.[14] An aide of Pilot's indicated that he would not be joining the Bharatiya Janata Party.[15]

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.[16]

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".[17]

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.[18][19] 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.[20]

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.[21] Together they have two sons, Aaran and Vehaan.[22][23][24]

His father, Rajesh Pilot was also member of parliament and was also union minister.[citation needed]

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, fulfilling his desire to follow his father's footsteps to be in the armed forces. He is therefore known as Captain Pilot for being an officer in the Territorial Army.[25] 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."[25]

Books published[edit]

  • Rajesh Pilot: In Spirit Forever, co-authored with sister Sarika Pilot.[26]


  1. ^ "Cabinet reshuffle: Ministers take charge - Pawan Kumar Bansal the new Railways Minister". The Economic Times. Retrieved 6 October 2021.
  2. ^ "Congress sacks Sachin Pilot as Rajasthan deputy CM, PCC chief". The Times of India. 14 July 2020. Retrieved 14 July 2020.
  3. ^ "The End Nears. Sachin Pilot Is Now Ex Deputy Chief Minister". NDTV.
  4. ^ "Who is Sachin Pilot? | India News - Times of India". The Times of India. 1 November 2018. Retrieved 20 September 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ "Rajasthan Election Result 2018 Highlights: Ashok Gehlot Named Chief Minister, Sachin Pilot Will Be Deputy CM". Moneycontrol. Retrieved 7 July 2021.
  6. ^ "Sachin Pilot -". Retrieved 5 November 2019.
  7. ^ "Fifteenth Lok Sabha Members Bioprofile - Sachin Pilot". loksabha.nic. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  8. ^ "Lok Sabha 2009 Winner -Ajmer (RAJASTHAN): Sachin Pilot". Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  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. ^ "Rajasthan Elections: Sachin Pilot Wins Tonk By Over 54,000 Votes". Huffington Post. 11 December 2018. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  11. ^ "Congress picks Ashok Gehlot as Rajasthan CM, Sachin Pilot as Deputy CM". The Economic Times. 15 December 2018. Retrieved 9 March 2020.
  12. ^ "Good evening, Rajasthan. This is your pilot Ashok Gehlot. With me is my co-pilot Sachin". India Today. 15 December 2018. Retrieved 9 March 2020.
  13. ^ "Ashok Gehlot sworn in as Rajasthan chief minister, Sachin Pilot as deputy CM". The Times of India. 17 December 2018. Retrieved 11 March 2020.
  14. ^ "Sachin Pilot revolts, says Gehlot govt in minority; Dy CM claims support of 30 MLAs". Times of India. 13 July 2020.
  15. ^ "Sachin Pilot not joining BJP, says his aide amid turmoil in Rajasthan Congress". Hindustan Times. 13 July 2020.
  16. ^ "Sachin Pilot Sacked as Deputy CM, State Congress Chief After Revolt; Ashok Gehlot Meets Governor". News18.
  17. ^ ""Not Joining BJP, Attempt To Malign Me Before Gandhis": Sachin Pilot". NDTV.
  18. ^ "Gehlot guns for disqualification, Pilot says dissent: A look at precedence". India Today.
  19. ^ "Rajasthan political crisis:Sachin Pilot takes Congress to court over disqualification".
  20. ^ "High Court asks Speaker to defer action on disqualification notices till July 21". The Hindi.
  21. ^ Ismat Tahseen (25 July 2010). "I don't take advantage of my surname: Sara Pilot". Retrieved 3 March 2014.
  22. ^ "Sachin Pilot shows assets worth Rs 4.5 crore". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 8 December 2013. Retrieved 8 July 2017.
  23. ^ "A Football match by Cequin". Retrieved 8 July 2017.
  24. ^ Sarah Abdullah and Sachin Pilot .(2008-11-06). Retrieved on 5 April 2012.
  25. ^ a b "Sachin Pilot commissioned as Territorial Army officer - Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis". 6 September 2012. Retrieved 8 July 2017.
  26. ^ Jan 18, TNN |; 2003; Ist, 17:53. "Pilot takes off - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 27 February 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)

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Government offices
Preceded by Minister of Corporate Affairs
Minister of State (Independent charge)

29 October 2012 to 26 May 2014
Succeeded by
Preceded by Ministry of Communications and Information Technology
Minister of State

28 May 2009 to 28 October 2012
Succeeded by
Lok Sabha
Preceded by Member of Parliament
for Ajmer

16 May 2009 to 16 May 2014
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Preceded by Member of Parliament
for Dausa

17 May 2004 to 16 May 2009
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