Portfolio of Modi government ministers: S S Ahluwalia given agriculture and farmers welfare, parliamentary affairs department
S S Ahluwalia is a BJP MP from Darjeeling, West Bengal. Elected to the Lok Sabha, winning with a margin of over 1,97,000 votes. A lawyer by profession, Ahluwalia has held several positions in the government and has chaired many committees in Parliament.
From being a minister in the P V Narasimha Rao Cabinet to a ‘research scholar’ for BJP on various key legislations, Surendrajeet Singh Ahluwalia has links cutting across party lines and is known to speak his mind.
The Patna-based politician is known for taking stand which at times is contrary to the party’s position.
During a discussion in the Lok Sabha on a bill to amend the Negotiable Instruments Act, he spoke against the measure moved by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. The BJP did not nominate him to the key Public Accounts Committee of Parliament due to his poor attendance in panel meets.
After joining BJP, he has often proved to be an asset for the party. When BJP was in opposition, Ahluwalia, who turned 65 yesterday, played a key role as a member of the JPC on 2G scam.
A member of the Lok Sabha from Darjeeling, Ahluwalia was previously a Member of Parliament representing Bihar and Jharkhand in the Rajya Sabha in 1986-1992, 1992-1998, 2000–2006, and 2006-2012. He was also the Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha till 2012 when he lost his seat from Jharkhand.