Janeshwar Misra
Minister for Water Resources
In office
June 1996 – May 1997
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
In office
Preceded byVishwanath Pratap Singh
Succeeded bySaroj Dubey
In office
Preceded byHemwati Nandan Bahuguna
Succeeded byVishwanath Pratap Singh
In office
Preceded byVijaya Lakshmi Pandit
Succeeded byVishwanath Pratap Singh
Personal details
Born(1933-08-05)5 August 1933
Ballia, United Provinces, British India
Died22 January 2010(2010-01-22) (aged 76)
Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India
Political partySamajwadi Party
SpouseGangotri Devi
ChildrenTwo daughters

Janeshwar Mishra (5 August 1933 – 22 January 2010) was a politician from Samajwadi Party. He was a member of the Parliament of India and also represented Uttar Pradesh in the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian Parliament. He was known as Chhote Lohia (Lohia Junior) for his commitment towards socialist ideology, in reference to Ram Manohar Lohia.[1]


He was born in Shubhanathahin (शुभनथहीं ) village in Ballia on 5 August 1933.[2][3] He was B.A. and LL.B.[4] He was president of the student union of Purna nand Inter College and attended Allahabad University as well. While still a student, he joined the Samajwadi Yuvajan Sabha and met Dr Ram Manohar Lohia and Raj Narain.[2]

Lok Sabha

He represented the Allahabad Lok Sabha constituency three times.[3] He first became the member of Lok Sabha by defeating K D Malviya, the sitting Petroleum Minister in Indira Gandhi Cabinet from Phulpur constituency in Allahabad district in 1969–70.[3] Subsequently, he defeated V.P.Singh by almost 90,000 votes from Allahabad-Jamunapaar parliamentary constituency in 1977 elections.[5] He served as a Member of Sixth Lok Sabha, 1977–80, and as Member of Ninth Lok Sabha, 1989–91.[4]

Union Minister

He served in the governments of Morarji Desai, Chaudhary Charan Singh, V P Singh, Chandrashekhar, H D Deve Gowda and I K Gujral.[3][6] He served as union minister of state from 1977. He also held portfolios of Petroleum, Water Resources Chemicals and Fertilisers, Energy, Shipping and Transport, and Communication and Railways.[6] He served as the minister of state for Railways in the Chandra Shekhar government during 1990–91.[1] He was Railways Minister in the Chandra Shekhar government in 1990–91.[6]

Rajya Sabha

He was elected to Rajya Sabha in 1996.[3] He was re-elected to Rajya Sabha in 2000 [7] and 2006.[4]


He died due to cardiac arrest on 22 January 2010 at Tej Bahadur Sapru Hospital in Allahabad.[2][8] At the time of death, he was the Samajwadi Party's vice president and member of the Rajya Sabha.[1] He is survived by two daughters, one of them being Mina Tiwari.[6] [9]


Former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Akhilesh Yadav credits Janeshwar Mishra with initiating him into politics.[10]


  1. ^ a b c Socialist leader Janeshwar Mishra passes away
  2. ^ a b c Janeshwar Mishra passes away, TNN, 22 January 2010, 10:39pm IST
  3. ^ a b c d e SP leader Janeshwar Mishra died Archived 17 February 2015 at the Wayback Machine, HT Correspondent/M Hasan, Hindustan Times Lucknow , 22 January 2010
  4. ^ a b c Detailed Profile: Shri Janeshwar Mishra
  5. ^ Socialist leader Janeshwar Mishra passes away
  6. ^ a b c d Veteran socialist leader Janeshwar Mishra dies, Lucknow, 22 Jan (PTI)
  7. ^ "Jethmalani, Kesri's RS term ends on April 2, 2000". rediff.com. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  8. ^ SP leader Janeshwar Mishra dies at 76
  9. ^ http://www.prabhatkhabar.com/state/up/allahabad/socialist-leader-janeshwar-mishra-12th-death[bare URL]
  10. ^ The party is over and the bill is due: Akhilesh Yadav, 14 March 2012, Tehelka, http://www.tehelka.com/story_main52.asp?filename=Ws140312UTTAR_PRADESH.asp Archived 19 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine