Santosh Gangwar

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Santosh Gangwar
Santosh Kumar Gangwar oath as Minister.jpg
Chairperson, Committee on Public Undertakings
Assumed office
1 August 2021
Appointed byOm Birla
Preceded byMeenakshi Lekhi
Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Labour and Employment
In office
3 September 2017 – 7 July 2021
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
Preceded byBandaru Dattatreya
Succeeded byBhupender Yadav
Minister of State for Finance
In office
5 July 2016 – 3 September 2017
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
Preceded byJayant Sinha
Succeeded byShiv Pratap Shukla
Minister of Textiles
In office
26 May 2014 – 7 July 2016
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
Preceded byKavuri Samba Siva Rao
Succeeded bySmriti Irani
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
Assumed office
Preceded byPraveen Singh Aron
In office
Preceded byBegum Abida Ahmed
Succeeded byPraveen Singh Aron
Chairperson of Public Accounts Committee
In office
Preceded byVijay Kumar Malhotra
Succeeded byJaswant Singh
Personal details
Born (1948-11-01) 1 November 1948 (age 73)
Bareilly, United Provinces, India
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
Spouse(s)Saubhagya Gangwar
Alma materAgra University (B.Sc.)
Rohilkhand University (L.L.B)
As of 22 September, 2006
Source: [1]

Santosh Kumar Gangwar (born 1 November 1948) is an Indian politician and the former Minister of State with independent charge in the Ministry of Labour and Employment in the Government of India.[1] He is a Member of Parliament (16th Lok Sabha), former minister of state in Government of India and a leader of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He has been Member of Parliament for the city of Bareilly since 1989 till date (except 2009–2014). He was also the chief whip of the party in 14th Lok Sabha. He faced defeat in the 15th Lok Sabha Elections, 2009 by a very narrow margin. Gangwar was the chairman of the PAC Public Accounts Committee (India) in 2009. He has been elected as Member of Parliament in 16th Lok Sabha. He won by a margin of over 2.4 lakh votes over his rival candidate in 2014 general election. He resigned from the post of cabinet minister ahead of the cabinet reshuffle in July 2021.He is currently the Chairperson of the Committee on Public Undertakings.

Early life[edit]

Born on 1 November 1948 in Bareilly, Santosh Kumar Gangwar attended Agra University and the Rohilkhand University in Uttar Pradesh, from where he completed his B Sc and LLB Degrees respectively.[2]

He studied in BAREILLY COLLEGE, BAREILLY only but during his B.Sc. it was affiliated to AGRA UNIVERSITY and during LL.B BAREILLY UNIVERSITY was founded and the college was naturally affiliated with the same.

BAREILLY COLLEGE, BAREILLY is a very old institution which was affiliated to CALCUTTA UNIVERSITY, ALLAHABAD UNIVERSITY, AGRA UNIVERSITY and now Rohilkhand University, BAREILLY.

Before joining politics, Gangwar was actively involved in the establishment of the Urban Cooperative Bank in Bareilly and held the position of its chairman since its beginning in the year 1996. In Bareilly, he has been given credit for getting several projects executed for public use such as Chaupla Railway over-bridge, a library, and a mini bypass. Married to Saubhagya Gangwar, he is blessed with two children, Apoorv Gangwar and Shruti Gangwar.[3] [2] He suffers from vitiligo.[4]


Gangwar was jailed during the Emergency for guiding a people's movement against the then Government. He served as a member of the Uttar Pradesh State BJP Working Committee and held the position of General Secretary of the Uttar Pradesh BJP Unit in 1996.

Gangwar was elected for the first time to the 9th Lok Sabha[5] in 1989 from the Bareilly constituency. He represented that constituency continuously until 2009 as a BJP Member of Parliament, which involved six successive terms.

He has held ministerial posts in the Government of India.[3] He was Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas with the additional charge of Parliament Affairs in 13th Lok Sabha. Prior to this, Gangwar was Minister of State of Science and Technology with the additional charge of Parliamentary Affairs during October and November 1999

Santosh Gangwar is a Member of Parliament in the 16th Lok Sabha.

He served as Minister of State for Textiles from 26 May 2014 to 5 July 2016, after which he was sworn in as Minister of State for Finance.[6]

Gangwar forayed into national politics in the year 1989, when he got elected from Bareilly in the 9th Lok Sabha on a BJP ticket. In 1996, Gangwar became the General Secretary of the BJP's Uttar Pradesh unit. Later, he kept on winning from the same constituency and remained an MP in the next six successive terms till 2009. In the 14th Lok Sabha, he was the chief whip of his party, but in the year 2009 elections for 15th Lok Sabha, he had to face defeat by a narrow margin.[2]

In April 2018 Gangwar stirred controversy by saying that "one should not make a big deal" about rape in a country as large as India. The statements followed two incidents where BJP leaders were implicated in violent sexual assault of minors.[7]

27 May 2014 onwards Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Ministry of Textile; Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs; and Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation[8][9]

In May 2019, Gangwar became the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Labour and Employment.[10]


  1. Roychoudhury, Arup (6 July 2016). "Meet Arjun Meghwal and Santosh Gangwar, the new ministers of state for Finance". Business Standard India.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Sarbananda Sonowal Biography - About family, political life, awards won, history".
  3. 3.0 3.1 "List of Cabinet Ministers of India and their Portfolios 2019 and 2014".
  4. "DRDO team eyes improved vitiligo remedy". Asian Age. 24 June 2019. Retrieved 16 September 2019.
  6. "Aadhaar law will ensure Direct Benefit Transfer reaches genuine beneficiaries: FM Jaitley", Daily News and Analysis, 15 July 2016
  7. "Sometimes Rapes Can't be Stopped, Why Make A "Big Deal", Says Union Minister".
  8. "Minister of State (Independent Charge): Santosh Gangwar".
  10. "PM Modi allocates portfolios. Full list of new ministers", Live Mint, 31 May 2019
Lok Sabha
Preceded by
Begum Abida Ahmed
Member of Parliament
for Bareilly

1989 – 2009
Succeeded by
Praveen Singh Aron
Preceded by
Praveen Singh Aron
Member of Parliament
for Bareilly

2014 – Present
Political offices
Preceded by
Kavuri Samba Siva Rao
Minister of Textiles
26 May 2014 – 7 July 2016
Minister of State (Independent Charge)
Succeeded by
Smriti Irani
Preceded by
Bandaru Dattatreya
Minister of State (Independent Charge)
Minister of Labour and Employment
3 September 2017 – Present
Minister of State (Independent Charge)

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