Mahendra Nath Pandey is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and currently Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship under the Narendra Modi government. He has been a Member of Lok Sabha for Chandauli since 2014 and has served as Union Minister of State for Ministry of Human Resource Development between 2016 and 2017.
Pandey, who spent five months in prison during the Emergency, joined the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in 1978. He took part in the Ram Janmabhoomi movement and was booked under the National Security Act by the Mulayam Singh Yadav-led state government.
He was elected to the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly for the first time in 1991 and was re-elected in 1996. Pandey received the portfolio of Minister of State for Housing and Urban Development the following year in the Kalyan Singh ministry, and also served as Minister of State for Planning (Independent charge) between 1998 and 2000, and Minister of State, Panchayati Raj between 2000 and 2002.
Ahead of the 2014 general election, the BJP announced that Pandey would contest from the Chandauli constituency of Purvanchal. He was elected to the Lok Sabha after defeating his nearest rival Anil Maurya of the Bahujan Samaj Party. Subsequently, he was made a member of the Standing Committee on Rural Development and Consultative Committee for Ministry of Steel and Mines.
In the Cabinet announcement made on May 2019, Pandey was given the post of Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship in the 17th Lok Sabha under Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Mahendra Nath Pandey was born on October 15, 1957 in Pakhapur of Uttar Pradesh to Sudhakar Pandey and Chandrawati Pandey. He got married in 1985 to Pratima Pandey.
An Agriculturist by profession, Pandey did his M.A. Journalism, and Ph.D. (Hindi) from the Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.
Pandey is active on social media and keeps updating people through his Facebook page - Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey/@drmnpandeymp and Twitter - Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey/@DrMNPandeyMP.