Giriraj Singh is an Indian politician and a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) who is currently serving in the second Narendra Modi government under the Ministry of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries. He is a member of the 17th Lok Sabha representing the Begusarai parliamentary constituency.
Singh was a Member of Legislative Council, Bihar from 2002 to 2014, and had served as co-operative minister in the Bihar government from 2008 to 2010, and as Animal Husbandry and Fisheries Resource Development minister from 2010 to 2013.
He was elected to the 16th Lok Sabha from Nawada constituency in 2014, and in the same year, he was a member of the Joint Committee on Salaries and Allowances of Members of Parliament and Standing Committee on Labour.
In November 2014, Singh was appointed Union Minister of State for Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, and in September 2017 he was appointed Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.
Singh was appointed Cabinet minister of Ministry of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries on May 30, 2019 after the Modi government came back to power for a second term.
Giriraj Singh was born on September 8, 1952 in Barahiya, Lakhisarai district of Bihar to Ramavtar Singh, and he has a brother by the name of Jairaj Singh. He completed his studies from Magadh University in 1971, and is married to Uma Sinha who he has a daughter with.
Singh has always been a staunch follower of Narendra Modi and had publicly shown his support for the latter as Prime Minister. He had been dismissed by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar along with 10 other BJP ministers for breaking the JDU-BJP alliance in the state.
He had stirred up a controversy in 2016 when he stated that the population in India should be controlled by ensuring that people of all religions produce the same number of children. In the same year he stirred up more controversy when he urged Hindus to produce more children, and then later by stressing that Hindus in India need to increase their population.
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