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|Minister of State for Human Resource Development|
Assumed office |
26 May 2014
|Prime Minister||Narendra Modi|
|Preceded by||Shashi Tharoor|
|Member of the India Parliament |
Assumed office |
16 May 2014
|Preceded by||Mahabali Singh|
Rashtriya Lok Samata Party
Assumed office |
March 13, 2013
|Preceded by||Post Established|
6 February 1960|
Vaishali, Bihar, India
|Political party||Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (2014—present)|
Janata Dal (United) (2004—2014)Samata Party (2000—2004)
|Children||1 Daughter & 1 Son|
|Residence||Vill. Javaj, Vaishali, Bihar|
|Alma mater||Bihar University|
As of March 4, 2016|
Source: My Neta
Upendra Kushwaha (born 6 February 1960) is an Indian politician and Minister of State for HRD in Government of India. He is a Member of Parliament From Karakat loksabha in rohtas district, a kushwaha caste dominated consitiuency in Bihar. He is a former member of Rajya Sabha and a leader of Rashtriya Lok Samata Party.
Kushwaha was born in Vaishali, Bihar, to a middle class Hindu Kushwaha Kshatriya family hailing from Vaishali district. After completion of B.Sc. from Patna Science College, Patna, he got admission in Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar Bihar University, Muzaffarpur for his M.A. (Political Science). He worked as an instructor in Department of Political Science, Samta College, Jandaha since 1985, which is currently known as Muneshwar Singh Muneshwari Samta College.
Kushwaha started his career as a politician in 1985, he was state General-Secretary in Yuva Lok Dal (1985–88) latter he became National General-Secretary, Yuva Janata Dal, 1988-93. He had also worked as General-Secretary for Samata Party from 1994-2002. Kushwaha was Member of Bihar Legislative Assembly in 2000-2005 and appointed as Deputy Leader of Samata Party in Bihar Legislative Assembly.
In March 2004 after Lok Sabha election Sushil Modi was elected to Lok Sabha and the same time number of MLA's of JD(U) increased than BJP. Since leader of JD(U) changed his party. So kushwaha became leader of opposition.
He founded Rashtriya Lok Samata Party on 3 March 2013 and unveiled the name and flag of his party at a rally at the historic Gandhi Maidan. Kushwaha and socialist leader Rambihari Singh are as founder National President and National General Secretary of the party respectively. Apparently eyeing the support of minorities and the Other backward caste(OBC) for revival of his fledgling political career, the RLSP founding leader lambasted both Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav for fooling the people of Bihar for over two decades with one false promise or another.
In February 2014, Rashtriya Lok Samata Party entered into an alliance with BJP led National Democratic Alliance. As per the alliance, RLSP contestd on three seats from Bihar for 2014 General Elections namely Sitamarhi, Karakat and Jahanabad and it won from all the three seats, riding on the Narendra Modi wave which swept the 2014 Lok Sabha General Elections.
|Party political offices|
|| Leader of the Rashtriya Lok Samata Party in the 16th Lok Sabha
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