Santosh Gangwar

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Santosh Gangwar
Santosh Kumar Gangwar oath as Minister.jpg
Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Labour and Employment
Assumed office
03 September 2017
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Preceded by Bandaru Dattatreya
Minister of State for Finance
In office
05 July 2016 – 03 September 2017
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Preceded by Jayant Sinha
Minister of Textiles
In office
26 May 2014 – 7 July 2016
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Preceded by Kavuri Samba Siva Rao
Succeeded by Smriti Irani
Member of Parliament
for Bareilly
Assumed office
2014
Preceded by Praveen Singh Aron
In office
1989–2009
Preceded by Begum Abida Ahmed
Succeeded by Praveen Singh Aron
Personal details
Born (1948-11-01) 1 November 1948 (age 69)
Bareilly, United Provinces, India
Nationality Indian
Political party Bharatiya Janata Party
Residence Bareilly
Alma mater B.Sc. at Agra University
LL.B. at Rohilkhand University
As of 22 September, 2006
Source: [1]

Santosh Kumar Gangwar (born 1 November 1948) is an Indian politician and the current Minister of State with independent charge in the Ministry of Labour and Employment in the Government of India.[1] He is a Member of Parliament (16th Lok Sabha), former minister of state in Government of India and a leader of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He has been Member of Parliament for the city of Bareilly since 1989 till date (except 2009-2014). He was also the chief whip of the party in 14th Lok Sabha. He faced defeat in the 15th Lok Sabha Elections, 2009 by a very narrow margin. He has been elected as Member of Parliament in 16th Lok Sabha. He won by a margin of over 2.4 lakh votes over his rival candidate in 2014 general election.


Early life[edit]

Born on 1 November 1948 in Bareilly, Santosh Kumar Gangwar attended Agra University and the Rohilkhand University in Uttar Pradesh, from where he completed his B Sc and LLB Degrees.[2]

Before joining politics, Gangwar was actively involved in the establishment of the Urban Cooperative Bank in Bareilly and held the position of its chairman since its beginning in the year 1996. In Bareilly, he has been given credit for getting several projects executed for public use such as Chaupla Railway over-bridge, a library, and mini bypass. Married to Saubhagya Gangwar, he is blessed with two children (one son and one daughter).[3] [2]

Career[edit]

Gangwar was jailed during the Emergency for guiding a people's movement against the then Government. He served as a member of the Uttar Pradesh State BJP Working Committee and held the position of General Secretary of the Uttar Pradesh BJP Unit in 1996.

Gangwar was elected for the first time to the 9th Lok Sabha[4] in 1989 from the Bareilly constituency. He represented that constituency continuously until 2009 as a BJP Member of Parliament, which involved six successive terms.

He has held ministerial posts in the Government of India.[3] He was Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas with additional charge of Parliament Affairs in 13th Lok Sabha. Prior to this, Gangwar was Minister of State of Science and Technology with additional charge of Parliamentary Affairs during October and November 1999

Currently,[when?] He is Member of Parliament in 16th Lok Sabha.

He served in as Minister of State for Textiles from 26 May 2014 to 5 July 2016, after which he was sworn in as Minister of State for Finance.[5]

Gangwar forayed into national politics in the year 1989, when he got elected from Bareilly in the 9th Lok Sabha on a BJP ticket. In 1996, Gangwar became the General Secretary of the BJP’s Uttar Pradesh unit. Later, he kept on winning from the same constituency and remained an MP in the next six successive terms till 2009. In the 14th Lok Sabha, he was the chief whip of his party, but in the year 2009 elections for 15th Lok Sabha, he had to face defeat by a narrow margin.[2]

In April 2018 Gangwar stirred controversy by saying that "one should not make a big deal" about rape in a country as large as India. The statements followed two incidents where BJP leaders were implicated in violent sexual assault of minors[6].

Positions Held[edit]

  • 27 May 2014 onwards Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Ministry of Textile; Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs; and Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation[7]

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References[edit]

Lok Sabha
Preceded by
Begum Abida Ahmed
Member of Parliament
for Bareilly

1989 – 2009
Succeeded by
Praveen Singh Aron
Preceded by
Praveen Singh Aron
Member of Parliament
for Bareilly

2014 – Present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Kavuri Samba Siva Rao
Minister of Textiles
26 May 2014 – 7 July 2016
Minister of State (Independent Charge)
Succeeded by
Smriti Irani
Preceded by
Bandaru Dattatreya
Minister of State (Independent Charge)
Minister of Labour and Employment
3 September 2017 – Present
Minister of State (Independent Charge)
Incumbent

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