Known for controversial remarks, Giriraj Singh gets promotion
Giriraj Singh is the only BJP minister from Bihar who has been elevated to cabinet rank from minister of state (independent charge) status.
The Bhumihar leader and staunch supporter of Prime Minister Narendra Modi who has often courted controversy over his remarks, Singh contested the Lok Sabha election for the first time in 2014 from Nawada Lok Sabha constituency. He was inducted in previous government as minister of state in November 2014 as minister of state for micro, small and medium enterprises. In September 2017, he became the minister of state with independent charge for micro, small and medium enterprises. Before 2014, he was MLC in Bihar and a minister in NDA state cabinet.
He was dropped as an animal husbandry minister by then chief minister Nitish Kumar in June 2013 when Kumar broke away from the NDA. In 2019, when his name was announced from Begusarai instead of Nawada, Singh openly expressed his unhappiness and blamed the state leaders. His seat, Nawada, was given to Ram Vilas Paswan’s Lok Janshakti Party as its share in the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance. He refused to contest initially but later was persuaded by BJP president Amit Shah and decided to contest from Begusarai. He was pitted against the JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar. What looked like a tough contest in the beginning became a cakewalk for Giriraj as he won the seat by a margin of more than 420,000 votes.
What also went into Singh’s favour was that another Bhumihar candidate, Union minister Manoj Sinha, lost the election from Ghazipur in Uttar Pradesh.“I will work day and night to fulfil the PM’s dream of New India. I also thank the people of Begusarai who have reposed their trust in me as their MP,” said Singh.