Nitin GadkariBharatiya Janata Party
A veteran leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Nitin Gadkari is currently the Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation in the Narendra Modi-led government.
Owing to the work done by him and his ministry in the construction of flyovers, roads, and expressways across the country, he has earned appreciation from his government and opposition members alike.
Gadkari was born in a middle-class agricultural family in Maharashtra's Nagpur on 27 May 1957. He holds an M.Com degree, LLB and Diploma in Business Management (DBM).
It was in 1975 when the then prime minister Indira Gandhi imposed an Emergency in the country, he understood what his calling was. Instead of his earlier plan to practice law, he decided to dedicate his life to politics. He entered politics as a student leader of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarathi Parishad (ABVP) and later joined the Janata Yuva Morcha, the youth wing of the BJP. He was appointed as the president of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha when he was just 24 years old.
He entered the Lok Sabha for the first time in 2014 by winning the Nagpur seat which was traditionally a Congress stronghold. He defeated the seven-time winner Vilas Muthemwar by a margin of about three lakh votes. Under his leadership, the BJP-Shiv Sena combine won 42 out of 48 seats in Maharashtra, including all the ten seats in the Vidarbha region for the first time since independence.
He has been a member of the Maharashtra Legislative Council since 1989 and was also the leader of the opposition in the Maharashtra Legislative Council from 1999-2005. He headed the Maharashtra Pradesh BJP till 2009 as the State President when he was elevated to the post of the BJP National President to become the youngest ever party president. His selection had even raised a lot of eyebrows owing to his young age and with the party has suffered a massive defeat in the election earlier that year.
He has written several books which include India Aspires, The Path of Progress and The Politics of Development in English and Bhavishya Ka Bharat, Vikas Ke Path and Vikas Ki Rajneeti in Hindi.
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