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Satish Sharma
Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas
In office
Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha
In office
5 July 2010 – 4 July 2016
ConstituencyUttar Pradesh
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
In office
Preceded byAshok Singh
Succeeded bySonia Gandhi
ConstituencyRae Bareli
In office
Preceded byRajiv Gandhi
Succeeded byDr. Sanjay Singh
Personal details
Born(1947-10-11)11 October 1947
Secunderabad, Hyderabad State
Died17 February 2021(2021-02-17) (aged 73)
Goa, India
Political partyIndian National Congress
SpouseSterre Sharma
Childrenone son and one daughter
Residence(s)34, Gurudwara Rakab Ganj Road, New Delhi.

Satish C. Sharma (11 October 1947 – 17 February 2021) was an Indian politician. He represented the Indian National Congress party, and was a former member of the Union Cabinet in the Government of India. Sharma's political career was boosted by his closeness to both Rajiv Gandhi, and after his assassination, his wife and the de facto political power center of the Congress party, Sonia Gandhi. He held seats in the Lok Sabha at the behest of both the Nehru-Gandhi family and the electorate.

Personal life

Satish Sharma was born on 11 October 1947 in Secunderabad, a city in the Indian state Telangana. He was educated in Col. Brown Cambridge School in Dehra Dun and was later trained as a pilot in Kansas City, Missouri. He was married to Sterre Sharma who founded and runs the Tribal jewellery museum at Mangar Bani on the Delhi-Haryana which is a sacred grove in Faridabad district.[1][2] He died on 17 February 2021 in Goa.[3]

Political career

He was first elected as a Rajya Sabha MP in 1986 from Madhya Pradesh. In 1991 he was elected to the Lok Sabha in a by-poll from Rajiv Gandhi's constituency of Amethi following the latter's assassination. From January 1993 until December 1996 he was Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas. He was elected to Lok Sabha from Amethi again in 1996, and after losing in Amethi in 1998, he was elected again to Lok Sabha from Raebareli in 1999. From 2004 to 2016, he served as a Rajya Sabha MP from Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh.[4]

In October 2021, Sharma was named in the Pandora Papers. These documents showed that Sharma owned property and had control of multiple international trusts, starting in 1995, which were not declared to the Election Commission. According to Sharma's wife Sterre Sharma, her husband had no offshore accounts, and the property was liquidated to pay taxes.[5]

Parliamentary Committees


  1. ^ Mangar, a hidden jewel near Delhi, The Hindu BusinessLine, 19 September 2017.
  2. ^ Best Places to Visit Mangar, Faridabad, Mangar Tourist Places
  3. ^ "Gandhi loyalist Satish Sharma dies at 73". The Tribune. 17 February 2021. Retrieved 17 February 2021.
  4. ^ "Indian National Congress". Indian National Congress. Retrieved 8 June 2023.
  5. ^ Yadav, Shyamlal (5 October 2021). "Pandora Papers: Gandhi family friend Satish Sharma set up offshore entities". The Indian Express. Retrieved 6 October 2021.