New Delhi: BJP MP from Rajasthan's Bikaner Lok Sabha constituency, Arjun Ram Meghwal's journey through life has been an inspiration for many!
This BJP lawmaker on Tuesday cycled up the Raisina Hill to Rashtrapati Bhavan for his swearing-in as Union Minister. Meghwal regularly cycles his way to Parliament. And on Tuesday, he did not hesitate to do pedal again for his entry into the Union Council of Ministers of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Born into a weaver family
Born into a traditionally weaver family of Kismidesar village in Bikaner, Meghwal was married at the age of 13.
But he continued his studies while also working with his father as a weaver. He graduated with a BA degree from Sri Dungar College in Bikaner and also earned an LLB and a Master's from the same institution.
Worked a telephone operator
After his studies, he started preparing for competitive examinations and got into Indian Post and Telegraph Department as a telephone operator.
He had his first stint with politics when he contested and won the elections for the post of general secretary of Telephone Traffic Association.
Cracked civil services exam, became IAS
While working as a telephone operator, he passed the examination for Rajasthan State Administrative Service in his second attempt.
He got into the top-most echelons of bureaucracy when he was promoted to the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and worked as District Collector of Churu in Rajasthan.
Became Bikaner MP on BJP's ticket
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) offered Meghwal the ticket to contest the Lok Sabha elections in 2009 from Bikaner. He won the election, becoming a member of parliament.
He was re-elected from the same constituency in 2014.
At present, he is the chief whip of the BJP in the Lok Sabha and one of the very few MPs who cycle to parliament.