Subodh Kant Sahay

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Subodh Kant Sahay
Constituency Ranchi
Personal details
Born (1951-06-11) 11 June 1951 (age 65)
Latehar, Bihar
Political party Indian National Congress
Spouse(s) Rekha Sahay
Children Gauri sahay
Residence Ranchi/Delhi
As of 25 September, 2006
Source: [1]

Subodh Kant Sahay (born 11 June 1951) is a member of the 14th Lok Sabha of India. He represents the Ranchi constituency of Jharkhand, and is a member of the Indian National Congress (INC) political party. He has been Holding Important Portfolios. He was the Cabinet Minister for Tourism till 28 OCT 2012. He is referred one of the closest to Prime Minister Dr.Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Smt.Sonia Gandhi.According to sources, Sonia Gandhi Knows him for his truth and hardwork.[1] He was the Minister for Home in V.P. Singh government.

Early life[edit]

Shri Subodh Kant Sahay was born in Latehar,(Jharkhand) to Shri. Brijdeo Sahay and Smt. Indrani Devi.[citation needed] He did his B.Sc., LL.B. from[2] A N College, Patna and Ranchi University.

Political career[edit]

Subodh Kant Sahay was actively involved in the Non-Aligned Student and Youth Organisation (NASYO). He participated in Jai Prakash Movement of 70s and was groomed under the tutelage of Janta party stalwarts like Chandrashekhar Singh , Satyendra Narain Sinha & Thakur Prasad.Upon behest of Bihar janta party President Sinha he was placed as a candidate from Hatia , a seat he won and made his electoral debut in assembly.Hewas Member of Preparatory Committee, World Youth Festival; General Secretary, (i) Yuva Janata for three years; (ii) Janata Party for two years; (iii) Janata Dal for 6 months ;Working President Yuva Janta for two years; President Yuva Janata for three years. He start his political career from Hatia, Ranchi

He has been re-elected as the MP from Ranchi again in the elections in May 2009.Congress had managed to win only one seat from Ranchi out of 14 seats and only 3 seats from Bihar out of 40 seats. Sahay served as Minister Of State (Independent Charge) for Food Processing Industries in the First Manmohan Singh Cabinet from 2004-2009. On the second Congress victory in the 2009 elections which saw Manmohan Singh continue as Prime Minister, Sahay was elevated to Cabinet rank holding the same Food Processing Industries portfolio.

During the ministry shuffle in January 2011 he was given Cabinet minister for Ministry of Tourism (India)

Personal life[edit]

Subodh Kant Sahay is married to Rekha Sahay, who is a famous theatre personality. They have a daughter named Yashaswini Sahay.

Position held[edit]

  • 1978-1989 Speaker, Bihar Legislative Assembly (three terms)
  • President, Public Accounts Committee, Bihar Legislative Assembly (four years)
  • President, Committee of Privileges, Bihar Legislative Assembly (two years)
  • Vice President, Library Committee, Bihar Legislative Assembly (four years)
  • 1989 Elected to 9th Lok Sabha
  • President, Committee on Petitions, Bihar Legislative Assembly (three years)
  • April 1990 - November 1990 Union Minister, Home Affairs,Govt. of India
  • November 1990 - June 1991 Union Minister of State(Independent Charge), Information & Broadcasting & Home Affairs,Govt. of India
  • 2004 Re-elected to 14th Lok Sabha (2nd term)
  • 2004 Union Minister of State (Independent Charge), Food & Food Processing Industries
  • 2006 Cabinet Minister, Food Processing
  • 2011 Cabinet Minister, Ministry of Tourism (India)
  • 2011 to 28 Oct 2012:Union Minister for Tourism.


Political offices
Preceded by
Minister of Food Processing Industries