Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Mohan Yadav unveiled his grand cabinet expansion on Monday, swearing in 28 new faces. This diverse group, brimming with experience and fresh energy, promises to rewrite the state’s political landscape.
Prahlad Singh Patel
A seasoned politician with a taste for both national and state affairs, brings his experience to Madhya Pradesh’s cabinet. A former Union Minister for Food Processing under PM Modi, Patel boasts five terms as MP (1989-2019) and recently shifted gears to win the Narsinghpur assembly seat in 2023. This political veteran, born in 1960 with degrees in science and law, has served under both Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Narendra Modi, showcasing his adaptability and expertise. Expect him to leverage his diverse background for the benefit of Madhya Pradesh.
Born in Indore in 1956, Kailash Vijayvargiya’s political journey began with student activism in the ABVP and BJYM, ultimately leading him to become their national general secretary. This early firebrand spirit fueled his rise within the BJP, eventually landing him prestigious roles as Indore’s mayor and state minister for crucial portfolios like PWD, urban administration, and industries. Vijayvargiya, a man of both political acumen and administrative experience, is a force to be reckoned with in Madhya Pradesh’s political landscape.
A familiar face in national politics, brings his four terms as MP (since 2004) representing Jabalpur to the Madhya Pradesh cabinet. Born in Jabalpur in 1962, Singh holds a science degree and has proven his leadership skills as the BJP Lok Sabha chief whip in 2016 and president of the BJP MP unit from 2018-2020. Expect his experience in national politics and party leadership to translate into valuable contributions to the Madhya Pradesh government.
Karan Singh Verma
Verma, a high school-educated farmer from Jamonia, has carved a remarkable path. Active with the RSS since 1975, he’s been an Icchawar MLA for 8 terms (1985-2023), a testament to his popularity. His ministerial experience in labour, revenue, and rural development further showcases his commitment to public service.
A prominent tribal leader, Uikey served the Mandla constituency in the MP assembly before being elected unopposed to the Rajya Sabha in 2017. Born in 1967, she continues to be a vocal advocate for tribal communities.
Kunwar Vijay Shah
Shah, a Madhya Pradesh political veteran born in 1962, served as forest minister and won Harsud assembly seat 7 times since 1990. His MA in history and experience in tourism, tribal welfare, and forests make him a versatile leader.
Aidal Singh Kansana
Born in 1962 in Nayakpuri village, Kansana rose to prominence in Sumawali politics, winning the assembly seat three times (1993, 1998, 2018) on BSP and Congress tickets. In a dramatic shift, he joined the BJP in 2020 alongside 22 other MLAs, and was subsequently re-elected from Sumawali in 2023 on a BJP ticket.
Uday Pratap Singh
A three-term MP from Narmadapuram (2009-19), Singh contested the 2023 Gadarwara assembly seat for the BJP. Previously, he won Lok Sabha elections in 2009 for the Congress and in 2014 & 2019 for the BJP. Born in 1964, the Sagar graduate served as a Congress MLA in Madhya Pradesh from 2008-09.
Hailing from a village in Indore district, Silawat, born in 1954, rose to become the Water Resources Minister in Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s cabinet. A staunch supporter of Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia, he played a key role in Scindia’s defection from the Congress in 2020, contributing to the downfall of the Kamal Nath government. An alumnus with a Master’s degree in Political Science, Silawat’s political journey began in his college days. He has been elected to the Madhya Pradesh Assembly for a remarkable six terms, representing the Sanwer constituency.
A politician from Jhabua district, born on July 4, 1967, she is the daughter of former tribal leader Dilip Singh Bhuria. Elected to the state assembly in 2008, she served as a minister of state for health. She was later re-elected from Petlawad assembly seat
Narayan Singh Kushwah
Mr. Kushwaha, born in Gwalior on June 9, 1956, completed his higher secondary education and embarked on a distinguished political career. He served four consecutive terms as a municipal corporator in Gwalior before assuming the esteemed position of Minister of State for Home Affairs in the cabinet of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
Govind Singh Rajput
A political figure born in Sagar district on July 1, 1961, he holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in business management. Actively involved in politics from his student days, he was part of the NSUI and later the Youth Congress. A staunch supporter of Jyotiraditya Scindia, he was elected to the MP assembly for a fifth term in 2023 from the Surkhi assembly seat in Sagar. Previously, he had won the seat on a Congress ticket in 2003, 2008, and 2018. In 2020, he left Congress along with 22 other MLAs and has served as a revenue and transport minister in both the Kamal Nath and Shivraj cabinets.
Pradyuman Singh Tomar
Tomar, a four-time MLA from Gwalior and former power minister under Shivraj Singh Chouhan, is a graduate who hails from village Navali in Morena district. He is a supporter of Jyotiraditya Scindia, who along with 22 other MLAs, switched to the BJP in 2020.
Vishvas Sarang, son of late BJP leader Kailash Narayan Sarang, is a four-term MLA (2008-2023) from Narela, Bhopal. He held the portfolios of medical education and gas relief under Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
Nagar Singh Chouhan
Born in Alirajpur in 1978, the young graduate from MP Bhoj Open University found his calling in public service. Starting with BJYM, he steadily climbed the ladder, eventually becoming the municipality chairman. In 2003, the BJP recognized his potential and fielded him for the Alirajpur ST assembly seat. He not only won but also successfully defended his seat in 2008 and 2023, proving his dedication to his community and his constituents.
A three-term MLA (2003, 2008, 2023) from Mehgaon, Bhind district (born April 1, 1966), he graduated from Maharaja Mansingh College Gwalior and holds a net worth of Rs 1.71 crore.
A seasoned politician and dedicated public servant, Chaitanya Kashyap has represented Ratlam city in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly for three consecutive terms since 2013. A successful businessman by profession, he has consistently prioritized the well-being of his constituents, even donating his MLA salary, perks, and pension for public welfare initiatives.
Inder Singh Parmar
A veteran politician and former School Education Minister under Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Govind Parmar has secured his third term as MLA from Shujalpur (2013-2023). Known for his dedication to education reform, he played a key role in implementing the new education policy. With declared assets exceeding Rs 7 crore, Parmar remains a prominent figure in Madhya Pradesh politics.
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Dharmendra Singh Lodhi
Born on September 5, 1978, in Nohta, Damoh district, is a post-graduate agriculturist and the incumbent MP for Jabera, Damoh. He has been elected for two consecutive terms (2018 and 2023) and has declared assets worth Rs 1.25 crore.
Mrs. Krishna Gaur, born September 26, 1968, holds a prominent position in Madhya Pradesh politics. Daughter-in-law of the late chief minister Babulal Gaur, she served as mayor of Bhopal in 2009 and has been elected MLA for Govindpura constituency twice (2018, 2023). Her landslide victory in the 2023 election, with a margin of 1.06 lakh votes, reflects her strong public support. Mrs. Gaur also possesses significant personal assets exceeding Rs 10 crore.
Jaiswal, a first-time MLA from Kotma, defeated former Congress MLA Sunil Saraf. A graduate from Govt. Maharaj Martand Mahavidyalay Kotma, Jaiswal is an agriculturist with declared assets of Rs 7.29 crore.
Narayan Singh Panwar
Panwar had gained the meeting elections from Biaora seat. He studied until B Com 2d Year from Govt. College Narsinghgarh. Narayan Singh Panwar had declared assets really worth over Rs three crore
A science graduate and businessman, he was born on September 5, 1963 in Sarangpur, Rajgarh district. He has served two terms as MLA from Sarangpur seat, in 2008 and 2023. Early on, he was involved in the RSS and ABVP. His declared assets are worth Rs. 89 lakhs.
Patel, a 67-year-old resident of the Pathariya constituency, holds a postgraduate degree in agriculture. He is a two-term Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) who has declared assets worth Rs. 47 crore. However, he also faces a criminal case. Patel won the 2013 election but lost in 2018. Prior to entering politics, he worked for the State Bank of India (SBI) but later resigned. He subsequently served as the president of the Damoh District Cooperative Bank.
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A 48-year-old postgraduate from Avdesh Pratap Singh University Rewa, achieved victory in the Chitrangi (ST) seat, defeating Congress leader Manik Singh. Her father-in-law, former minister Jagannath Singh, was once a part of the BJP government. Notably, Radha Singh held the position of president in Singrauli district panchayat in the past. Her profession lies in agriculture, with declared assets exceeding Rs 6 crore.
First-time MLA Pratima, a post-graduate and dedicated agriculturist, brings a wealth of knowledge and a sizeable Rs 6.2 crore in declared assets to the Raigaon seat in Satna, promising a promising new voice for the district.
Narendra Shivaji Patel
A graduate in Civil Engineering from Samrat Ashok Engineering College, Vidisha (1990), Mr. Patel is a 52-year-old first-time MLA representing the Udaipura seat in Raisen district. Affiliated with the BJP, Mr. Patel’s declared assets exceed Rs 6.29 crore.
Ahirwar, a 51-year-old first-time MLA from Chhatarpur’s Chandla (SC) seat, is an agriculturist by profession with declared assets of Rs 2.35 crore. He completed his schooling from Tikamgarh.