Thawarchand Gehlot has been appointed as the Leader of House in the Rajya Sabha. He will replace former Union Minister Arun Jaitley.
A prominent Dalit face of the BJP, Thawarchand Gehlot is the Minister of Social Justice & Empowerment in Narendra Modi cabinet. He has held the portfolio since 2014.
Thawarchand Gehlot’s appointment as the Leader of House in the Rajya Sabha comes after Arun Jaitley’s request to step down from key positions in view of his health.
During his period as minister during first Modi government, Thawarchand Gehlot had anounced several schemes for the betterment of the deprived sections of the society as well as for the physically-challenged people.
Thawarchand Gehlot was born in Rupeta village in Nagda tehsil of Ujjain district on May 18, 1948 and graduated from Vikram University, Ujjain.
Thawarchand Gehlot represented the Shajapur Lok Sabha seat between 1996 and 2009. Following delimitation, Shajapur constituency ceased to exist and Dewas constituency came into being in 2008.
In 2009, Thawarchand Gehlot lost the Lok Sabha poll to Congress leader Sajjan Singh Verma, who is now currently a minister in the Madhya Pradesh government.
The BJP leader became a Rajya Sabha member in 2012 and was re-elected to the Upper House of Parliament from Madhya Pradesh in 2018. His Rajya Sabha term will end in 2024.
Considered close to PM Narendra Modi, Thawarchand Gehlot is one of the most noticeable faces from the Scheduled Caste (SC).
Thawarchand Gehlot was also the general secretary in-charge of the BJP in the national capital as well as Karnataka, and also headed the party’s Scheduled Caste cell.
Thawarchand Gehlot is currently a member of the BJP’s parliamentary board.