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Giriraj Singh

Giriraj Singh
Giriraj Singh
Minister of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries
Assumed office
30 May 2019
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
Minister of State (Independent Charge),
Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
In office
3 September 2017 – 30 May 2019
Preceded byKalraj Mishra
Minister of State for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
In office
9 November 2014 – 3 September 2017
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
Assumed office
23 May 2019
Preceded byBhola Singh
ConstituencyBegusarai
In office
16 May 2014 – 23 May 2019
Preceded byDr. Bhola Singh
Succeeded byChandan Singh
ConstituencyNawada
Member of Legislative Council, Bihar
In office
2002 – 16 May 2014
Personal details
Born (1952-09-08) 8 September 1952 (age 67)
Barahiya, Bihar, India
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
Spouse(s)Uma Sinha
Children1
Alma materMagadh University
Websitegirirajsingh.in

Giriraj Singh (born 8 September 1952) is an Indian politician and the Minister of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries in the 23rd Ministry of the Republic of India. He is the Member of Parliament from the Begusarai parliamentary constituency in the 17th Lok Sabha, and formerly served as Minister of Cooperative, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries Resource Development in the Government of Bihar.

Personal life

Giriraj Singh was born in Barahiya town in Lakhisarai district of Bihar to Ramavtar Singh and Tara Devi.[1] He graduated from Magadh University in 1971.[1][2] He is married to Uma Sinha and has a daughter.[1]

Political career

Singh served in the government of Bihar as co-operative minister from 2005 to 2010 and as Animal Husbandry minister from 2010 to 2013. He has been a staunch supporter of Narendra Modi from the beginning. He publicly supported Modi for Prime Minister for a long time. He was among the eleven BJP ministers who were dismissed by Nitish Kumar as a result of breaking the JDU-BJP alliance. He is a member of Bihar State Bharatiya Janata Party's 16-member state election committee and presently a State Minister (independent charge) of the "Ministry of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises ", MP from Nawada Constituency (2014 Indian General Election).[3]

In May 2019, he became the Cabinet minister of the newly formed Ministry of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries after defeating CPI candidate Kanhaiya Kumar in the 2019 Indian general election.[4][5]

Controversies

In April 2016, he stirred up a controversy with his remark stating that the population should be controlled by ensuring that people of all religions have the same number of children in their families.[6] In October 2016, he was embroiled in a controversy when he urged Hindus to produce more children. Again on 4 November 2016, Giriraj Singh stressed that the Hindus in India need to increase their population.[7][8]

In January, 2020, he raised controversy by remarking that Indians eating beef outside the country was "a matter of concern". He also suggested imposing Hindu religious texts on school children.[9]

On 12 February 2020, NDTV reported that Giriraj Singh said sites like Deoband in UP and Shaheen Bagh in Delhi, where protests have been on for two months against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), especially by Muslim women, are breeding grounds for suicide bombers.[10]

On 23 February 2020, he made yet another controversial remark by saying "India's founding fathers made a mistake by not ensuring all Muslims were sent to Pakistan and that all Hindus were brought to India".[11]

Positions held

  • 2002 – May 2014: Member, State Legislative Council
  • 2005 – 2010: Cooperative Minister, Govt. of Bihar
  • 2010 – 2013: Minister, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries Resource Development
  • May 2014: Elected to 16th Lok Sabha
  • 1 Sep 2014 – 9 November 2014: Member, Joint Committee on Salaries and Allowances of Members of Parliament.
  • Sep. 2014 – 9 November 2014: Member, Standing Committee on Labour
  • 9 November 2014: Union Minister of State, Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
  • 4 September 2017: Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises[1]
  • 30 May 2019: Cabinet Minister of Ministry of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries.[12]

References

  1. ^ a b c d "Giriraj Singh". National Portal of India. Government of India. Retrieved 5 October 2019. Father's Name: Shri Ramavtar Singh Mother's Name: Late Smt. Tara Devi
  2. ^ "लोकसभा चुनाव: करोड़पति गिरिराज सिंह पर आधा दर्जन मामले हैं दर्ज". Hindustan (in Hindi). 7 April 2019. Retrieved 28 April 2019.
  3. ^ Singh, Abhay (11 January 2014). "State BJP forms 16-member election panel". The Times of India. Retrieved 28 January 2014.
  4. ^ "PM Modi allocates portfolios. Full list of new ministers", Live Mint, 31 May 2019
  5. ^ "BJP's Giriraj Singh Beats Kanhaiya Kumar By 4 Lakh Votes In Begusarai". NDTV.com. 24 May 2019. Retrieved 23 September 2019.
  6. ^ "Giriraj Singh kicks up row over population control remark". ABP Live. 21 April 2016. Retrieved 3 November 2016.
  7. ^ "Union Minister Giriraj Singh Urges Hindus To 'Increase Their Population'". NDTV. Retrieved 3 November 2016.
  8. ^ "Union Minister Giriraj Singh urges Hindus should to increase their population – Firstpost". Firstpost. 24 October 2016. Retrieved 3 November 2016.
  9. ^ "Indians abroad eating beef, a matter of concern, says Union Minister Giriraj Singh | City - Times of India Videos". The Times of India. 2 January 2020. Retrieved 3 January 2020.
  10. ^ Ghosh, Deepshikha (12 February 2020). ""Gangotri Of Terror": Minister Giriraj Singh On Islamic Seminary In UP". NDTV.com. Retrieved 7 March 2020.
  11. ^ PTI (21 February 2020). "India paying price for not sending Muslims to Pakistan: Giriraj Singh". India Today. Retrieved 23 February 2020.
  12. ^ "Outspoken Giriraj Singh to Take Charge as Minister of Animal Husbandry, Dairying, and Fisheries". News18. 31 May 2019. Retrieved 31 May 2019.
Lok Sabha
Preceded by
Bhola Singh
Member of Parliament
for Nawada

2014 – 2019
Succeeded by
Chandan Singh
Preceded by
Bhola Singh
Member of Parliament
for Begusarai

2019 – Present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Kalraj Mishra
Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
3 September 2017 – 24 May 2019
Ministers of State (Independent charge)
Succeeded by
Nitin Gadkari
Preceded by
Ministry Created
Minister of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries
30 May 2019 – Present
Incumbent

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