Ritesh Pandey
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
Assumed office
23 May 2019
Preceded byHari Om Pandey
ConstituencyAmbedkar Nagar
Member of the Legislative Assembly
In office
March 2017 – May 2019
Preceded bySher Bahadur Singh
Succeeded bySubhash Rai
Personal details
Born (1981-04-03) 3 April 1981 (age 40)[1]
Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
Political partyBahujan Samaj Party
ParentsRakesh Pandey[1]
ResidenceLucknow, Uttar Pradesh
ProfessionAgriculture, business, social work[1][2]

Ritesh Pandey (born 3 April 1981) is an Indian politician serving as the Member of Parliament from Ambedkar Nagar constituency. He is a member of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) from the state of Uttar Pradesh.[3] He was also a member of the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly from the Jalalpur constituency in Ambedkar Nagar, which he represented between June 2017 and May 2019 before elected as MP in Parliament of India(Lok Sabha)[4] He was appointed as the Leader of the BSP in the Lok Sabha in January 2020.[5] Prior to this appointment, he served as the Deputy Leader.[6]

Personal life

Pandey was born in Lucknow on 3 April 1981 to politician Rakesh Pandey and Manju Pandey.[7] His father is a former Member of Parliament from Ambedkar Nagar. His older brother, Ashish Pandey is a real estate businessman.[8][9] He graduated with a bachelor's degree in international business management from the European Business School in London in the year 2005.[2][9]


In the 2019 Indian Parliamentary Elections, Pandey won the Lok Sabha polls from Ambedkar Nagar by defeating his closest rival from the BJP, Mukut Bihari, with a winning margin of 95880 votes.[10] In the assembly elections of 2017, he was elected as a MLA from the Jalalpur constituency, with a victory margin of 90303 votes.[3] In 2012, Pandey unsuccessfully contested for the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, losing to Sher Bahadur Singh from the Samajwadi Party.[11] Pandey has been ranked 19th in the Parliamentary Business Survey among 539 MPs in the country. He is the youngest MP to appear in the Top-20. Pandey has also got an excellent grade for the expenditure incurred on development works.[12][13]

Social work

Pandey is the chairman of the Raghuraji Devi Foundation Trust who works on reforming education and promoting youth cultural events. He is also the co-founder and CEO of Awadh Mutineers, a grassroots sports initiative that trains and supports underprivileged children for playing football.[14]


  1. ^ a b c "Member Profile". www.upvidhansabhaproceedings.gov.in. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Ritesh Pandey(Bahujan Samaj Party(BSP)):Constituency- AMBEDKAR NAGAR(UTTAR PRADESH) - Affidavit Information of Candidate". myneta.info. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Jalalpur Election Results 2017: Ritesh Pandey of BSP Wins". News18. Retrieved 9 November 2017.
  4. ^ "Ambedkarnagar didn't let down Maya - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 9 November 2017.
  5. ^ "Ambedkar Nagar MP appointed leader of BSP in Lok Sabha". Outlook. 14 January 2020. Retrieved 16 January 2020.
  6. ^ PTI (8 August 2019). "BSP removes Danish Ali as Leader of Party in Lok Sabha with eye on giving greater representation to OBCs; Jaunpur MP to take up post". Firstpost. Retrieved 16 January 2020.
  7. ^ "Members : Lok Sabha". loksabhaph.nic.in. Retrieved 15 March 2021.
  8. ^ Shekhar, Raj (16 October 2018). "Delhi: Ex-BSP MP Rakesh Pandey son Ashish Pandey brandishes gun at Delhi's five-star hotel, booked | Delhi News - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  9. ^ a b Singh, Rajesh Kumar (17 October 2018). "BSP leader whose son brandished gun outside Delhi hotel has huge business empire". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  10. ^ "General Election 2019 - Election Commission of India". results.eci.gov.in. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  11. ^ "BSP gets drubbing in dalit bastion - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 9 November 2017.
  12. ^ "Ritesh Pandey has been ranked 19th in the Parliamentary Business Survey among 539 MPs in the country". Soochna 25. Retrieved 9 January 2021.
  13. ^ "Ritesh Pandey has been ranked 19th". Parliamentary Business. Retrieved 9 January 2021.
  14. ^ "The Mutineers Debut Tornado Tournament – From Awadh to Delhi – Grassroots Football India". grassrootsfootball.in. Retrieved 9 November 2017.