C. P. Thakur
Minister of Small Scale Industries
In office
29 January 2003 – 22 May 2004
Prime MinisterAtal Bihari Vajpayee
Preceded byVasundhara Raje
Succeeded byMahaveer Prasad
Minister of Development of North Eastern Region
In office
29 January 2003 – 22 May 2004
Prime MinisterAtal Bihari Vajpayee
Preceded byMinistry created
Succeeded byPaty Ripple Kyndiah
Minister of Health and Family Welfare
In office
27 May 2000 – 1 July 2002
Prime MinisterAtal Bihari Vajpayee
Preceded byN. T. Shanmugam
Succeeded byShatrughan Sinha
Minister of Water Resources
In office
22 November 1999 – 27 May 2000
Prime MinisterAtal Bihari Vajpayee
Preceded byPramod Mahajan
Succeeded byArjun Charan Sethi
Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha
In office
10 April 2008 – 09 April 2020
Preceded byShatrughan Sinha
Succeeded byVivek Thakur
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
In office
Preceded byRam Kripal Yadav
Succeeded byRam Kripal Yadav
In office
Preceded byRamavatar Shastri
Succeeded byShailendra Nath Shrivastava
Personal details
Born (1931-12-21) 21 December 1931 (age 92)
Dubaha, Bihar and Orissa Province, British India
Political partyBJP
Uma Thakur
(m. 1957)
Children4, including Vivek Thakur

Chandreshwar Prasad Thakur (born 3 September 1931). also known as C. P. Thakur, is a former member of Rajya Sabha, a former minister in the Government of India, a physician and a leader of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He was a cabinet minister from 1999 to 2004 in the BJP government.

He is known for his contribution in finding medication for Kala-azar. He proposed the development of AIIMS hospital Patna in central government and got it approved. One Crossing (Chowk) near AIIMS hospital, Patna has been named "Dr C P Thakur Chowk" in honour of his contribution to Bihar and its people.

Early life

Thakur was born on 3 September 1931 in Dubaha village of Muzaffarpur district in Bihar to Radhamohan Thakur and Sharda Thakur a Bhumihar family. He is a physician and had received the degrees of M.B.B.S., M.D., M.R.C.P., F.R.C.P. from Patna Medical College, Patna University, Royal College of Physicians, London and Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh and Royal College of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, London. Thakur married Uma Thakur on 12 June 1957, with whom he has two sons and two daughters.[1] Politician Vivek Thakur is his son.[2]


As a physician, Thakur did extensive research for the treatment of Kala-azar. In 2017, he became the first Indian medical scientist to receive a lifetime achievement award from the World Health Organization.[3]

He was elected to Lok Sabha from Patna constituency in 1984.

Positions held

He has held the following government positions:

Books published

He has also published more than 100 research papers in medical journals and more than 200 articles in the press.[citation needed]



  1. ^ "Current Lok Sabha Members Biographical Sketch". 22 May 2006. Archived from the original on 22 May 2006. Retrieved 4 September 2020.
  2. ^ Shekhar, Kumar Shakti (17 June 2020). "How age factor weighs heavily against Yediyurappa". The Times of India. Retrieved 4 September 2020.
  3. ^ "BJP MP and ex-health minister C P Thakur to get WHO award". Deccan Chronicle. 27 April 2017. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
Lok Sabha Preceded byRamavatar Shastri Member of Parliamentfor Patna 1984–1989 Succeeded byShailendra Nath Shrivastava Preceded byRam Kripal Yadav Member of Parliamentfor Patna 1998–2004 Succeeded byRam Kripal Yadav