Gajendra Shekhawat is an Indian politician from Rajasthan who is currently serving in the Narendra Modi government in the Ministry of Jal Shakti. A member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), he had defeated state Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot's son Vaibhav Gehlot in the 2019 general elections to represent Jodhpur in the Lok Sabha. He is also national General Secretary of the BJP Kisan Morcha, the farmer's wing of the party.
Shekhawat had been the co-convener of the Swadeshi Jagran Manch, the economic wing of the Sangh Parivar, and the General Secretary of Seema Jan Kalyan Samiti before he took up electoral politics. His work as General Secretary included building a second line of defense that consisted of civilians residing near the border area of Rajasthan.
In 2014, he was elected to the 16th Lok Sabha, becoming a Member of Parliament with the highest ever winning margin (4,10,051 votes) from the Jodhpur constituency.
During his tenure as an MP, a major achievement of his was the expansion of the Jodhpur Airport, which was long-awaited.
Shekhawat was born on October 3, 1967 to Shankar Singh Shekhawat and Mohan Kanwar in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. His father was a senior government official in the public health department and had to travel frequently for assignments across the state. This led to Shekhawat being educated at several schools. He completed his studies with an M.Phil in Philosophy from Jai Narain Vyas University, Jodhpur.
In 1993, Shekhawat got married to Naunand Kanwar and together they have three children, Suhasini Shekhawat, Arjun Singh Shekhawat, Surangama Shekhawat.
Shekhawat's career in politics started when he was elected as president of the Student Union of Jai Narayan Vyas University in 1992. He had won more votes than any other previous Akhil Bhartiya Vidhyarthi Parishad candidates.
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