|Rajya Sabha MP|
11 November 1954 |
Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh)
|Political party||Bharatiya Janata Party|
|Spouse(s)||Late Shrimati Ram Bethi|
|Alma mater||Kanpur University|
Vinay Katiyar (born 11 November 1954, Kanpur) was the founder-president of Bajrang Dal, the militant youth wing of the Hindu nationalist organisation Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) in India. He has served as a national General Secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and as a Member of Parliament in the Lower House, Lok Sabha. He is currently a member of the Upper House, the Rajya Sabha.
Life and career
Katiyar started his political journey from Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the student wing of the Sangh Parivar. He was the organizing secretary of ABVP's Uttar Pradesh state unit from 1970 to 1974, and the convener of the Jayaprakash Narayan's Bihar Movement in 1974. He became a pracharak (full-time worker) of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in 1980. He founded the Hindu Jagran Manch in 1982. In 1984, he was chosen to start the new militant organisation Bajrang Dal to support the Ram Janmabhoomi movement.
- "Detailed profile of Members of Parliament : Shri Vinay Katiyar". Government of India. Retrieved 18 December 2014.
- "No cake walk for Vinay Katiyar". The Hindu. 4 May 2004.
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