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Jyotiraditya Madhavrao Scindia

Jyotiraditya Madhavrao Scindia

 

EARLY LIFE

 

  • Scindia was born on 1 January 1971 in Bombay. His parents were Madhavrao Scindia and Madhavi Raje Scindia, former rulers of Gwalior, a Maratha princely state.
  • He studied at Campion School in the city and at The Doon School, Dehradun. In 1993, he graduated with an B.A degree in Economics from Harvard College, the undergraduate liberal arts college of Harvard University. In 2001, he received an M.B.A. from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.
ROYAL FAMILY

 

  • Scindia is a grandson of Jivajirao Scindia, the last Maharaja of the princely state of Gwalior. Upon his death in 1961, his son, Madhavrao Scindia (Jyotiraditya’s father) became the last titular Maharajah of Gwalior, as the 26th amendment to the Constitution of India promulgated in 1971, the Government of India abolished all official symbols of princely India, including titles, privileges, and privy purses.
  • His mother Madhavi Raje Scindia (Kiran Rajya Lakshmi Devi) was a great-granddaughter of Prime Minister of Nepal and Maharaja of Kaski He is married to Priyadarshini Raje Scindia of the Gaekwad family of Baroda, from the Maratha Princely state.
 POLITICAL CAREER

 

  • On 30 September 2001, the Guna constituency fell vacant due to the death of his father the sitting MP Madhavrao Scindia in an airplane crash in Uttar Pradesh.
  • On 18 December, he formally joined the Indian National Congress party.
  • On 19 January 2002, Scindia filed his nomination paper to contest the upcoming by-election from Guna constituency.
  • On 24 February, he won the election and defeated his nearest rival, Desh Raj Singh Yadav of the Bharatiya Janata Party.
POLITICAL CAREER

 

  • He was re-elected in May 2004, and was introduced to the Union Council of Ministers in 2007 as Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology.
  • He was then re-elected in 2009 for a third consecutive term and became Minister of State for Commerce and Industry.
  • Scindia was appointed Minister of State for Power in November 2012 in a cabinet reshuffle.
POLITICAL CAREER

 

  • In 2014, Scindia was elected from Guna but lost that seat to Krishna Pal Singh Yadav in 2019.
  • He resigned from the Indian National Congress by giving his resignation to the interim party president Sonia Gandhi. The resignation dated 9 March 2020 was made public on 10 March following which the Indian National Congress released a statement claiming that he is expelled from the party for Anti-Party activities.