Dinesh Sharma
Shri Dinesh Sharma (cropped).jpg
Sharma in 2017
Deputy Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh
In office
19 March 2017 – 25 March 2022
Chief MinisterYogi Adityanath
Preceded byNarain Singh
Succeeded byBrajesh Pathak
Minister of Secondary & Higher Education
Government of Uttar Pradesh
In office
19 March 2017 – 25 March 2022
Chief MinisterYogi Adityanath
Preceded byYogendra Upadhyaya
Minister of Science & Technology
Government of Uttar Pradesh
In office
19 March 2017 – 25 March 2022
Chief MinisterYogi Adityanath
Preceded byYogendra Upadhyaya
Minister of Electronics & Information Technology
Government of Uttar Pradesh
In office
19 March 2017 – 25 March 2022
Chief MinisterYogi Adityanath
Preceded byYogendra Upadhyaya
Leader of the House
Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council
In office
11 May 2017 – 25 March 2022
Preceded byAhmed Hassan
Succeeded bySwatantra Dev Singh
Member of Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council
Assumed office
9 September 2017
Constituencyelected by Legislative Assembly members
Mayor of Lucknow
In office
14 November 2006 – 22 March 2017
Preceded byS. C. Rai
Succeeded bySuresh Awasthi
Personal details
Born (1964-01-12) 12 January 1964 (age 58)
Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
Spouse(s)Jayalakshmi Sharma
Alma materLucknow University (M.Com) (Ph.D)
OccupationAcademician

Dinesh Sharma is an Indian politician who was the Deputy Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh from 2017 to 2022. He was previously the mayor of Lucknow. A professor by profession, he is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party and he has held various posts in the party.

Political career

Sharma, in the right, with Keshav Prasad Maurya and Venkaiah Naidu in 2017.
Sharma, in the right, with Keshav Prasad Maurya and Venkaiah Naidu in 2017.

Sharma's political talent was first noticed by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Like many politicians in the Bharatiya Janata Party, Sharma began his political career with the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, the student wing of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. He was later named the state President of the BJP's Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (Youth Wing).[1] Sharma was subsequently elected as Mayor of Lucknow in 2006. He stood for re-election in 2012 and defeated his nearest rival, Neeraj Bora of the Indian National Congress by over 171,000 votes.[2] On 16 August 2014 he became the National Vice-President of Bharatiya Janata Party, following his contribution to the party's success in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. On 19 March 2017, he was appointed as one of two Deputy Chief Ministers of Uttar Pradesh. He is not an elected member of the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly. He is elected for Legislative Council (Upper House) on 9 September 2017.

He was allocated the ministries of Higher and Secondary Education, Science and Technology, Electronics and IT departments.[3][4]

In March 2022, Sharma was replaced by Brajesh Pathak as the new Deputy Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh.[5]

Academic career

Sharma joined the University of Lucknow in 1988.[1] He was professor in the commerce department.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b c Singh, Kamendra (19 March 2017). "Deputy CM-designate, Dinesh Sharma: A professor known to have good rapport with Lucknow Muslims". Indian Express. Retrieved 22 October 2020.
  2. ^ "The slow and steady rise of Dinesh Sharma". Deccan Herald. PTI. 19 March 2017. Retrieved 22 October 2020.
  3. ^ "CM Yogi Adityanath keeps home, revenue: UP portfolio allocation highlights". Hindustan Times. 22 March 2017. Retrieved 22 October 2020.
  4. ^ Verma, Gyan; Thakur, Meenal (23 March 2017). "Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath allocates portfolios, keeps home". Live Mint. Retrieved 22 October 2020.
  5. ^ "UP: Brajesh Pathak sworn in as deputy CM, replaces Dinesh Sharma. Know about him". Hindustan Times. 25 March 2022. Retrieved 25 March 2022.