Ajay Maken is a politician from the Indian National Congress party. He was twice elected as a Member of the Parliament of India, and three times to the Delhi Legislative Assembly.He was the President of Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee.[1]

Ajay Maken
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Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation
In office
28 October 2012 – 15 June 2013
Prime MinisterManmohan Singh
Preceded bySelja Kumari
Succeeded byGirija Vyas
Minister of Youth and Sports
In office
May 2011 – 28 October 2012
Succeeded byJitendra Singh
Member of Parliament
In office
13 May 2004 – 16 May 2014
Preceded byJagmohan
Succeeded byMeenakshi Lekhi
ConstituencyNew Delhi
Personal details
Born (1964-01-12) 12 January 1964 (age 56)
New Delhi, India
Political partyIndian National Congress
Spouse(s)Radhika Maken
Children1 Son & 2 daughter
ResidenceNew Delhi
Alma materUniversity of Delhi
As of 16 September, 2006
Source: [1]

Political careerEdit

Maken has been a two-time Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha from 2004-2010)[2] and three-time Member of Legislative Assembly of Delhi (from 1993-2004).

At the National level, Maken was the youngest Union Cabinet Minister from the Congress Party for Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation (2012–13),[3][4] Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Sports and Youth Affairs (2011–12),[5] Union Minister of State for Home Affairs (2009-2011),[6] Union Minister of State for Urban Development (2006-2007).[7]

At the State level, he was Speaker of Delhi Legislative Assembly (2003–04) [8] at the age of 39, Maken was the youngest Speaker in the Country, a Cabinet Minister of Power, Transport and Tourism (2001-2003) at the age of 37, the youngest till that time and Parliamentary Secretary to the Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit (1998-2001).

Maken was the first NSUI candidate in a direct election to be elected as the President of Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) in 1985,[9] the first B.Sc. Chemistry (Hons) final year student in this post.[1]

Lok SabhaEdit

In the 2004 general election, Maken represented the Congress for the New Delhi constituency. He defeated a sitting Cabinet Minister, Jagmohan, from the Bharatiya Janata Party candidate.[citation needed]

In the 2009 general elections, he retained the New Delhi Parliamentary constituency. He was appointed as the Minister of State for Home Affairs.[citation needed]

In 2011, Maken was appointed the Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs[10] after the 2010 Commonwealth Games scam, replacing M. S. Gill as Sports Minister.[11]

He was appointed as Minister for Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation (I/C) in 2012.[citation needed]

Maken was defeated in the 2014 general elections by the BJP candidate Meenakshi Lekhi. He served as the Congress General Secretary until 2015, when he resigned after the party's failure to win any seat in the 2015 Delhi Legislative Assembly election.[12]

Personal lifeEdit

Maken is married and has three children. He received his education in St. Xavier's School, Delhi.[13]


  1. ^ a b "Aiyar angers Hansarians". The Telegraph. Kolkota. 13 September 2011. Retrieved 11 August 2012.
  2. ^ "Detailed Profile: Shri Ajay Maken".
  3. ^ "Achiever Maken moves up theLadder". Times Of India. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Times Of India".
  5. ^ "Know your ministers". NDTV.COM.
  6. ^ "Parliament Archives".
  7. ^ "Archives Government of India".
  8. ^ "Delhi Legislative Assembly".
  9. ^ "Delhi University Beat News". 31 August 2017.
  10. ^ "Cabinet Secretariat – Ministers of State (Independent Charge)(as on 18.12.2011)". Cabsec.nic.in. Archived from the original on 2 March 2012. Retrieved 11 August 2012.
  11. ^ Mather, Nazrin (2 January 2018). "Can Rajyavardhan Rathore surpass Ajay Maken as India's best Sports Minister". thebridge.in.
  12. ^ "Delhi poll debacle: Ajay Maken takes responsibility, resigns as Congress General Secretary". deccanchronicle.com. 10 February 2015. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  13. ^ "Ajay Maken Biography - About family, political life, awards won, history". www.elections.in. Retrieved 9 March 2018.

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