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Rajiv Pratap Rudy
Minister of State
Government of India
In office
9 November 2014 – 31 August 2017
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
Ministry
Term
Minister of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship
(Independent Charge)
9 November 2014 - 31 August 2017
Minister of Parliamentary Affairs9 November 2014 - 5 July 2016
In office
1 September 2002 – 22 May 2004
Prime MinisterAtal Bihari Vajpayee
Ministry
Term
Minister of Civil Aviation
(Independent Charge)
24 May 2003 - 22 May 2004
Minister of Commerce & Industry1 September 2002 - 24 May 2003
Member of Parliament
Lok Sabha
Assumed office
2014
Preceded byLalu Prasad yadav
ConstituencySaran
In office
1999–2004
Preceded byHeera Lal Rai
Succeeded byLalu Prasad Yadav
ConstituencyChapra
In office
1996–1998
Preceded byLal Babu Rai
Succeeded byHeera Lal Rai
ConstituencyChapra
Member of Paliament
Rajya Sabha
In office
4 July 2008 – 16 May 2014
Preceded byJai Narain Prasad Nishad
Succeeded byPavan Varma
ConstituencyBihar
Member of Bihar Legislative Assembly
In office
1990–1995
Preceded byRam Das Rai
Succeeded byRam Das Rai
ConstituencyTaraiya
Personal details
Born (1962-03-30) 30 March 1962 (age 59)
Amnour, Saran, Bihar
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
(1999–present) Bihar People's Party
(1995-1999)
Spouse(s)
Neelam Pratap
(m. 1991)
Children2
Alma materPanjab University

Rajiv Pratap Rudy (born 30 March 1962) is an Indian politician from the Bharatiya Janata Party,[1] and a Member of Parliament representing Saran (Lok Sabha constituency) in Bihar, India.[2]

In November 2014, he was made Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship in Narendra Modi's government, a key ministry in view of Modi's slogan of 'Make in India' and associated attempts to make India a production hub. He also shared Parliamentary Affairs department jointly with another Minister of State, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. Rudy was a General Secretary of Bharatiya Janata Party, a position relinquished soon after he joined the government. He also holds a commercial pilot's license. Rudy is in Limca Book of Records for being the only parliamentarian to fly a commercial aircraft having flown Airbus-320 of Indigo airlines.[3][4]

Early life

Rajiv Pratap Rudy was born to Vishwanath Singh and Prabha Singh on 30 March 1962 in Patna, Bihar.[5][6] His ancestral village is Amnour, Saran, Bihar.[7][8] [9] Rudy completed his school education from St. Michael's High School, Patna.[10] Later, he completed his pre-university and pre-engineering from DAV College, Chandigarh in Sector 10. Rudy completed his graduation in B.A (Hons.) in Economics at Government College, Chandigarh, Sector 11. Rudy completed a degree in Law from Panjab University in 1985 and did post-graduation in Economics from Magadh University in 1987.

Rudy was a lecturer of Economics in A.N. College, Patna prior to entering politics,[11] but he had been involved in student politics while at Panjab University Campus, Sector 14, Chandigarh and in Government College, Sector, 11, Chandigarh, which is affiliated to Panjab University, Chandigarh.[12]

Political career

Rudy was the campaign in charge of Harmohan Dhawan, who was contesting from the Chandigarh Lok Sabha constituency in 1989. He was actively associated with former Prime Minister Chandra Shekhar. Rudy was first elected in 1990 as a Member of the Bihar Legislative Assembly on Janata Dal ticket from Taraiya at the age of 28.[13] He was elected to the Lok Sabha - the lower house of the Parliament of India - as a candidate of the BJP.[13] He was re–elected for a second term of Lok Sabha in 1999, from Chapra (Lok Sabha constituency) for BJP.[13] He served as the Minister of State for Commerce, Trade & Industry and subsequently became Civil Aviation Minister with independent charge in the National Democratic Alliance government led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee.[14][13] During that tenure, Rudy was in controversy of non-payment of his bills at Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Goa, which he had to later pay.[14]

Rudy had earlier held the post of National Vice President of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha. He was a General Secretary and member of the BJP National Executive.

Rajiv Pratap Rudy at an event in Sonpur
Rajiv Pratap Rudy at an event in Sonpur

Rudy lost to Lalu Prasad in 2004 General elections in Chapra (Lok Sabha constituency).[15][16] He was elected to Rajya Sabha from Bihar in 2010.[5][17][18] He contested the 2014 Lok Sabha Elections from Saran (Lok Sabha constituency) and defeated former Chief Minister of Bihar, Rabri Devi.[19][20] He was sworn-in as Minister of State on 9 November 2014 and got Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship.[21]

In October 2015, Rajiv Pratap Rudy was in a controversy over sharing on Twitter a screenshot of Pakistan's daily Dawn website carrying Nitish Kumar's ad of vote appeal during 2015 Bihar Legislative Assembly election, prompting JD (U) to launch a sharp attack on him and seek his immediate sacking.[22] He submitted his resignation from the cabinet on 31/8/2017 prior to imminent reshuffle on 2/9/2017.

In May 2021, Rajiv Pratap Rudy was criticized when 30 unused ambulances were found parked at his Amnour Vishw-Prabha community centre, even when Bihar was struggling under second wave of COVID-19 pandemic.[23] These ambulances were purchased using funds from the Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS). [24] Jan Adhikar Party chief Pappu Yadav raided that community centre run by Rudy.[25]

Personal life

Rudy married Neelam Pratap on 9 March 1991 at the age of 29.[26][27] They have two daughters.[13] Elder daughter Avshreya Rudy (born 1993) is a lawyer and also a polo player[28] His younger daughter Atisha Pratap Singh (born 2000) is a kuchipudi dancer.[29][30][31][32]

References

  1. ^ "Bringing out the jazz & blues for July 4".
  2. ^ "It is a Clash of 'Stylish' Titans in Bihar's Saran as Rajiv Rudy, Chandrika Rai Give Classy Twist to LS Battle". 3 May 2019.
  3. ^ "We politicians have betrayed nation: Rajiv Pratap Rudy".
  4. ^ "Lunch with BS: Rajiv Pratap Rudy". Business Standard India. 10 April 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Rudy details for Rajya Sabha June 2010" (PDF).
  6. ^ "Rudy profile" (PDF).
  7. ^ "Amnour village" (PDF).
  8. ^ Chowdhury, Kavita (18 April 2014). "Rudy, a Rajput from Amnaur and a trained commercial pilot". Business Standard India.
  9. ^ "Rajiv Pratap Rudy Biography - About family, political life, awards won, history". Elections in India. Retrieved 6 August 2020.
  10. ^ "Made in Chandigarh: Panjab University groomed me for politics, says MP Rajiv Pratap Rudy". 22 June 2018.
  11. ^ "National Portal of India".
  12. ^ "JET SET GO".
  13. ^ a b c d e "Member's Web Site". Archived from the original on 13 January 2009.
  14. ^ a b "Hotel bill row: BJP defends Rajiv Pratap Rudy, political slugfest kicks off".
  15. ^ "Keen contests Lalu Yadav v Rudy 2004".
  16. ^ "countermand Chhapra".
  17. ^ "Ram Vilas Paswan, Rajiv Pratap Rudy win Rajya Sabha seats from Bihar". Hindustan Times. 17 June 2010. Archived from the original on 31 December 2013. Retrieved 24 December 2013.
  18. ^ "National Office Bearers". Retrieved 24 December 2013.
  19. ^ "Saran win".
  20. ^ "Rudy defeats Rabri Devi". 14 March 2014.
  21. ^ "Cabinet Expansion: Manohar Parrikar gets Defence, Harsh Vardhan transferred from Health to Science Ministry". New Delhi: PTI. 10 November 2014. Retrieved 5 December 2014.
  22. ^ "Failed By a Screenshot, Rajiv Pratap Rudy Faces Digital Jibes".
  23. ^ "In Bihar, Pappu Yadav, BJP MP Trade Words Over Unused Ambulances".
  24. ^ "No drivers, says BJP's Rajiv Pratap Rudy after Pappu Yadav targets him for idle ambulance fleet".
  25. ^ "Rudy to Pappu: Spare drivers for ambulances".
  26. ^ "Leading a full life".
  27. ^ "Rudy archive profile".
  28. ^ "A polo-nial queen's sport". 15 March 2016.
  29. ^ "Asharaje Gaekwad hosts HVR Baroda Cup Polo tournament at the Jaipur Polo Grounds in Delhi - Times of India".
  30. ^ "Weaving Ties with Ikat".
  31. ^ "राजनीति का ककहरा सीख रही हैं राजीव प्रताप रूडी की बेटी".
  32. ^ "सियासत में कदम रखने को तैयार भाजपा के दिग्गज नेता की बेटी, जान लीजिए नाम".
Lok Sabha Preceded byLal Babu Rai Member of Parliamentfor Chapra 1996 – 1998 Succeeded byHeera Lal Rai Preceded byHeera Lal Rai Member of Parliamentfor Chapra 1999 – 2004 Succeeded byLalu Prasad Yadav Preceded byLalu Prasad Yadav Member of Parliamentfor Saran 2014 – Present Incumbent Political offices Preceded byMinistry Created Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship 26 May 2014 – 3 September 2017 Minister of State (Independent Charge) Succeeded byDharmendra Pradhan