Among the top contenders for the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister’s seat is Union Minister Manoj Sinha even though he has said multiple times that he is not in the race. Although BJP has won a clear mandate in the state it is yet to announce its pick for the post of Chief Minister – the party is expected to make the announcement on March 18th, 2017 and Sinha has become a frontrunner for the post along with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. Sinha is a man no controversy has touched and is also hard working. Also, he is down to earth and prefers to keep a low profile even as a minister. He is mostly seen in his signature outfit – white dhoti, kurta and is admired for his simplicity. The 58 year old minister currently is the Minister for State (Independent Charge) Communications and he may well be headed for one of the most challenging jobs in the country – being the Chief Minister of India’s most populous and largest state.
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Here is all you need to know about Manoj Sinha:
1) Manoj Sinha was born on July 1, 1959 in Mohanpur in the Ghazipur district of Uttar Pradesh.
2) Sinha is an IITian and has a B tech and M tech degree in civil engineering from IIT (Banaras Hindu University)
3) Sinha’s political career started in the year 1982 when he was in his early twenties and had become the president of the Banaras Hindu University Students Union.
4) Sinha formally joined Bharatiya Janata Party Council at the age of 30. He was then elected to Lok Sabha in 1996 and also in 1999.
5) As a Union minister, he is known for maintaining strict discipline while attending the Parliament. He is best known for his honesty and modesty. He is also known to have utilised all the fund allotted to him as the member of Parliament in public welfare.
6) Technology is one of the major sectors Sinha has set his agenda on effecting a transformation.
7) Manoj Sinha is married to Neelam Sinha and the couple has a son and a daughter. They married in 1977. He is a Brahmin by caste.
In what is being hailed as one of the largest and most significant victories in the history of India, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won 325 seats in Uttar Pradesh defeating the incumbent Samajwadi Party. The Opposition has been reduced to non-entities in the process.