Niranjan Jyoti
Minister of State for Rural Development
Assumed office
30 May 2019
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
Preceded byRam Kripal Yadav
Minister of State for Food Processing Industries
In office
8 November 2014 – 30 May 2019
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
Succeeded byRameswar Teli
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
Assumed office
16 May 2014
Preceded byRakesh Sachan
ConstituencyFatehpur
Personal details
Born (1967-03-01) 1 March 1967 (age 54)[1]
Patewra, Hamirpur, Uttar Pradesh
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
ResidenceGausganj Moosanagar, Kanpur Dehat, Uttar Pradesh
ProfessionKathavahchak (Religious storyteller)

Niranjan Jyoti (born 1 March 1967), more commonly known as Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, is an Indian politician belonging to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). She was appointed the Minister of State for Food Processing Industries in November 2014.[2] On 30 May 2019, she was appointed Minister of state in the Ministry of Rural Development in the Narendra Modi 2019 Cabinet.

She represents the Fatehpur constituency, Uttar Pradesh, in the Lok Sabha, after winning in the 2014 general election.[3] She also represents the Hamirpur constituency in the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly after winning in the 2012 election.[1]

Life and career

Niranjan Jyoti was born on 1 March 1967 in the village of Patewra, in Hamirpur district, Uttar Pradesh. Her father was Achyutanand and mother was Shiv Kali Devi.[1][3] She was born in a Nishad-caste family.[2]

On 14 June 2014, one man called Bhanu Patel and his three accomplishes fired at Jyoti as she was returning from a function in Avas Vikas Colony, Lucknow. She escaped unhurt but her bodyguard was injured.[4]

In May 2019, Jyoti became Minister of State for Rural Development.[5]

Personal views and controversies

On 1 December 2014,[6] she stated at a public rally, "It is you whom must decide whether the government in Delhi will be run by the sons of Rama (raamzaade) or by bastards (haraamzaade)" referring to the muslims [7] The statement caused an uproar in the Parliament.[8] She subsequently expressed regret over her statements and offered to apologize.[6]

References

  1. ^ a b c "Niranjan Jyoti, Sadhvi" (PDF). Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly (in Hindi). Retrieved 24 November 2015.
  2. ^ a b "From storyteller to minister; Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti". The Indian Express. 12 November 2015. Retrieved 24 November 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Jyoti,Sadhvi Niranjan". Lok Sabha. Retrieved 24 November 2015.
  4. ^ "BJP MP Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti attacked, escapes unhurt". The Economic Times. 15 June 2015. Retrieved 24 November 2015.
  5. ^ "PM Modi allocates portfolios. Full list of new ministers", Live Mint, 31 May 2019
  6. ^ a b "After abusive rant, Union minister Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti expresses regret in Parliament". India Today. 2 December 2014. Retrieved 24 November 2015.
  7. ^ "Ramzada vs haramzada: Outrage over Union Minister Sadhvi's remark". The Indian Express. 2 December 2014. Retrieved 24 November 2015.
  8. ^ "After uproar in House, Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti says she is ready to apologise for 'haramzadon' remark". The Indian Express. 2 December 2015. Retrieved 24 November 2015.