Minister of Jal Shakti (May 2019 – Present): Gajendra Singh Shekhawat
Date of Birth: He was born on October 3, 1967.
Place of Birth: He was born at Jaisalmer in Rajasthan.
Parents: His father is Shankar Singh Shekhawat. He was born in a Rajput family that has its roots in the Sikar district of Rajasthan.
Spouse: He is married to Nonand Kanwar. Together they have 3 children.
Political Party: He is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Education: He is an alumnus of JNVU (Jai Narain Vyas University) from where he received his Master of Arts and Master of Philosophy. His father was a senior official in the government and served in the public health department. He had to move across the state on various assignments on a frequent basis. This is the reason why Shekhawat was educated at various schools.
Career: Before he became a politician, Shekhawat held various positions in a number of organizations and forums. He was the co-convener of Swadeshi Jagran Manch, which is the economic wing of Sangh Parivar. He has also served as the General Secretary of Seema Jan Kalyan Samiti. This organization works to make India safer by making the villages and towns located on the borders stronger.
In this capacity, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat has done some sterling work by developing a second line of defence from the civilians who resided in these areas. He also set up 4 hostels and 40 schools in the border that India shares with Pakistan in Rajasthan. This too played a major role in making civil defence a lot more impactful.
He is also reputed for his usage of social media. In fact, he happens to be the most followed politician on Quora. He has at least 73,380 followers on this particular profile. Till date, his answers on this platform have been viewed on 6.5 million occasions! As an MP too, he is held in esteem as one of the 5 leading contributors to debate in the Parliament.
Gajendra Singh Shekhawat also happens to be the National General Secretary of the BJP Kisan Morcha. It is the farmers’ wing of the ruling party of India.
It was in 1992 that Gajendra Singh Shekhawat started his political career. This was the time when he was elected to be the President of the student union at the university. He was a member of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad. His win in this regard was remarkable as he received the maximum votes among all candidates fielded by Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad at that point in time.
Political Milestones: From 2014, he has been the Member of Parliament (MP) from the Jodhpur constituency. When he won from Jodhpur, then too he achieved the highest ever margin of win from that particular constituency. In this case Gajendra Singh Shekhawat won by 410,051 votes.
One of the best things that he did when he was the MP of Jodhpur was expanding the city’s airport. This was something that had been demanded on a regular basis for 18 years before that. On May 31, 2019, he was appointed the Union Minister of Jal Shakti.