Mahesh Sharma
Mahesh Sharma January 2015.jpg
Minister of State
Government of India
In office
9 November 2014 – 30 May 2019
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
Ministry
Term
Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change3 September 2017 - 30 May 2019
Minister of Civil Aviation9 November 2014 - 5 July 2016
Minister of Tourism
(Independent Charge)
9 November 2014 - 3 September 2017
Minister of Culture
(Independent Charge)
9 November 2014 - 30 May 2019
Member of Parliament
Lok Sabha
Assumed office
16 May 2014
Preceded bySurendra Singh Nagar
ConstituencyGautam Buddh Nagar
Member of Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly
In office
2012–2014
Preceded byConstituency created
Succeeded byVimla Batham
ConstituencyNoida
Personal details
Born (1959-09-30) 30 September 1959 (age 62)
Manethi, Rajasthan, India
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
Spouse(s)Uma Sharma
ChildrenPallavi and Kartik
Residence(s)Sector-15A, Noida
Alma materUniversity College of Medical Sciences, Delhi University
Profession
  • Physician
  • politician
Websitewww.drmaheshsharmabjp.com

Mahesh Kumar Sharma is an Indian politician belonging to the Bharatiya Janata Party. He was elected in the 2014 Indian general election from Gautam Buddh Nagar. He is a physician by profession and owns the Kailash Group of Hospitals based in Noida.[1] On 12 November 2014, he was appointed as a Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Culture and Tourism[2] and Civil Aviation.[3][4] He has also served as the first MLA of Noida vidhan sabha in Uttar Pradesh.

Life and career

Mahesh Sharma was born on 30 September 1959 in Manethi village near Neemrana in Alwar district of Rajasthan. His father, Kailash Chand Sharma, was a school teacher. He did his early schooling in the village. For senior secondary education, he moved to Delhi. He graduated from the University College of Medical Sciences.[5] In 2012, he received an Honorary Doctorate from Amity University, Noida.[6]

He was involved with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) since childhood. During his student days, he became associated with the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP). Later, he joined BJP.[5][7] In 2012, he was elected as an MLA from Noida during the assembly election.[8]

Personal life

Sharma is a doctor by profession.[9] He married Uma Sharma on 22 January 1987.[1] Uma Sharma is a gynecologist. Uma is the head of the department of obstetrics and gynaecologist at the Kailash Hospital and Heart Institute. Uma Sharma is also the vice chairperson of the Kailash Healthcare Limited.[5] He has a daughter, Pallavi, and a son, Kartik, both of them are also medical professionals.[5][10]

Controversies

In September 2015, Mahesh Sharma met major controversy after stating: "We have renamed Aurangzeb Road after a person, who despite being a Muslim, is a great nationalist....", in reference to the late great and former President A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, a Muslim.[11] His rivalry with BJP Leader Nawab Singh Nagar has been quite in limelight as Dr Mahesh was accused of using his veto power against Nagar since he was afraid of Nagar's stronghold in his constituency.[12] Ever since, he has been accused of being anti-gujjar community.

In 2016, he visited Ravi Sisodia's family, one of the prime attackers in the 2015 Dadri lynching who died in police custody. After his visit and intervention, the local administration accepted the family's demands, including paying them ₹ 25 lakh as compensation and ordering a CBI inquiry to determine how he died.[13]

References

  1. ^ a b "Sharma,Dr. Mahesh". Lok Sabha. Archived from the original on 11 October 2016. Retrieved 15 October 2015.
  2. ^ "Dr. Mahesh Sharma assumes charge as Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Tourism and Culture". Press Information Bureau. 12 November 2015. Retrieved 15 October 2015.
  3. ^ "Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma promises to bring in more services for tourists". The Economic Times. 12 November 2015. Retrieved 15 October 2015.
  4. ^ "Mahesh Sharma gets a hero's welcome in Noida". The Indian Express. 10 November 2014. Retrieved 15 October 2015.
  5. ^ a b c d "From Medicine to Politics, Mahesh Sharma Bags Ministerial Berth". Outlook India. 9 November 2014. Retrieved 15 October 2015.
  6. ^ "Members : Lok Sabha".
  7. ^ "Mahesh Sharma - The doctor who found a place in Modi government through sheer commitment". OneIndia. 10 November 2015. Retrieved 15 October 2015.
  8. ^ ""I will go out of my way to do something for my sector" says Dr Mahesh Sharma". Community Samvada. 12 March 2012. Retrieved 15 October 2015.[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ "Cabinet reshuffle: Modi government's got talent but is it being fully utilised?", The Economic Times, 10 July 2016
  10. ^ "BJP leaders' sexist jibes against Priyanka Gandhi show ruling party has nothing definite to criticise Congress leader?", FirstPost, 23 March 2019
  11. ^ "'Despite' being Muslim, Abdul Kalam was great nationalist, says Union Minister Mahesh Sharma", The Economic Times, 18 September 2015
  12. ^ "भाजपा में टिकट बंटवारे से गौतमबुद्धनगर में BJP नेता के समर्थक नाराज". Dainik Jagran (in Hindi). Retrieved 30 April 2020.
  13. ^ Basu, Snigdha. "Minister Mahesh Sharma Visits Murder Accused's Family In Tense Dadri". NDTV.com. NDTV India. Retrieved 18 August 2021.