(EDs : Separate story on Dy CM Kavinder Gupta is on the wire.) Jammu, April 30 (PTI) Jammu and Kashmir state BJP chief Satpal Sharma was inducted as a cabinet minister in the Mehbooba Mufti government today. Also Read - BRO Constructs 110-feet Bailey Bridge at Kela Morh on Jammu-Srinagar Highway in Record Time

Born on August 4, 1961, in the border town of R S Pura in Jammu district, Sharma was did B Sc and went on to become a chartered accountant. Also Read - Dal Lake Freezes, Srinagar Records Coldest Night in 30 Years, Administration Deploys SDRF Teams

Sharma is a general secretary of the Trikuta Samvad Kendra and an executive member of the Ved Mandir Committee among others. Born in a family with RSS background, he jailed during the Emergency. He began his active political career in 1997 with BJP. In 2014, he won from Jammu West constituency by huge margin of 50,629 votes, the highest margin recorded in the history of J&K. Also Read - 2 Kashmiris Carrying UK Coronavirus Strain Found in Srinagar

Sunil Kumar Sharma, who was elevated from minister of state to cabinet minister today, was born on July, 15, 1977 in Kishtwar and is a graduate. He worked as secretary in Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarathi Parishad (ABVP), Kishtwar from 1994 to 1999.

He contested state Assembly elections in 2008 but was unsuccessful. In 2014, he was elected from Kishtwar and inducted in the council of ministers as minister of state for PWD and revenue.

Born on January, 18, 970, Shakti Raj Parihar, who was inducted into council of ministers today, after passing higher secondary, worked in a French multinational before starting his own business. He joined BJP in 2008 and contested assembly elections unsuccessfully from Inderwal. In 2014, he got elected from Doda.

Rajiv Jasrotia was born on October, 26, 1973, was inducted into state Cabinet today. He was a student leader. He also became head of the municipal committee of Hiranagar for four years. Presently a state general secretary of the BJP, he was elected as a member of J&K Legislative Assembly from Kathua.

Dr Devinder Kumar Manyal, who was also inducted into state cabinet today was born on April 21, 1969 in Samba. He studied medicine and has an MBBS degree. He was elected from Samba in 2014.

Born on February 1, 1969 in Srinagar, Mohammad Ashraf Mir is an MBA who joined active politics in 2008 under the banner of PDP and contested 2008 Assembly elections unsuccessfully. He remained a member J&K Legislative Council from April 2011 to December 2014. In 2014, he was elected an MLA.

Mohammad Khalil Band, who was born on April 1951, was associated with NC from 1967 till May 2002. He joined PDP in June 2002. He is an MLA from Pulwama.

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