Kiren Rijiju is an Indian lawyer and politician and a member of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) currently serving in the second Narendra Modi government as Minister of State (Independent Charge) under the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and also under the Ministry of Minority Affairs.
Rijiju, who is considered as the face of the BJP in North East India, was in the 2004 general election elected as a member of the 14th Lok Sabha representing the constituency of Arunachal Pradesh West. He was considered one of the most outspoken Parliamentarians.
In the period of 2004-2009, Rijiju was named among the top 5 opposition MPs in reviews by peers in the treasury bench based on the high benchmark in debates, discussions, and decorum.
When a Congress candidate defeated Rijiju in the 2009 general election by a very thin margin of 1314 votes, it created a controversy that led to violence and allegations of booth capturing by the Congress.
Rijiju was once again elected an MP in the 16th Lok Sabha representing the Arunachal West constituency during the 2014 general election. He had defeated Takam Sanjoy of the Congress. Following the victory, was made Minister of State for Home Affairs.
Then in the 2019 general election, Rijiju beat Congress candidate Nabam Tuki by a good margin and was appointed Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports, and Minister of State for Minority Affairs in the second Modi government.
Kiren Rijiju was born on November 19, 1971 at Nakhu near Nafra in West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh to Rinchin Kharu and Chirai Rijiju. His father was the first pro-tem speaker of Arunachal to give oath to the Members of the first State Assembly.
He is married to Joram Rina Rijiju, a graduate from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, New Delhi and a gold medalist from Arunachal University. She is also an Assistant Professor teaching history at a college in Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh.
Rijiju is a graduate of Hansraj College, University of Delhi and also has a graduate degree in Law from Campus Law Centre, Faculty of Law University of Delhi.
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