C. P. Joshi

Dr. C. P. Joshi (born 29 July 1950) is an Indian politician. He is a member of the Indian National Congress.[1] He is the current and 15th Speaker of the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly. Previously He was the Member of Parliament of India from Bhilwara in the 15th Lok Sabha. He was one of the first 19 members of India's new cabinet sworn in on 22 May 2009, despite being a first-time member of the Lok Sabha. He was also a Cabinet Minister in Government of Rajasthan led by Ashok Gehlot (1998-2003).

Dr. C. P. Joshi
Speaker of Rajasthan Legislative Assembly
Assumed office
16 January 2019
Preceded byKailash Chandra Meghwal
ConstituencyNathdwara
Minister of Road Transport and Highways
In office
19 January 2011 – 16 June 2013
Prime MinisterManmohan Singh
Preceded byKamal Nath
Succeeded byOscar Fernandes
Minister of Railways
In office
11 May 2013 – 16 June 2013
Preceded byPawan Kumar Bansal
Succeeded byMallikarjun Kharge
In office
22 September 2012 – 28 October 2012
Preceded byMukul Roy
Succeeded byPawan Kumar Bansal
Minister of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj
In office
22 May 2009 – 18 January 2011
Preceded byMani Shankar Aiyar
Succeeded byVilasrao Deshmukh
Member of Parliament
Lok Sabha
In office
2009–2014
Preceded byVijayendrapal Singh
Succeeded bySubhash Chandra Baheria
ConstituencyBhilwara
Cabinet Minister of Rajasthan Government
In office
7 December 1998 – 4 December 2003
DepartmentsEducation, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Ground Water, Public Health Engineering, Science and Technology.
Chief MinisterAshok Gehlot
Member of Rajasthan Legislative Assembly
Assumed office
2018
Preceded byKalyan Singh Chouhan
ConstituencyNathdwara
In office
1998–2008
Preceded byShiv Dan Singh Chauhan
Succeeded byKalyan Singh Chouhan
ConstituencyNathdwara
In office
1980–1990
Preceded byNavneet Kumar
Succeeded byShiv Dan Singh Chauhan
ConstituencyNathdwara
Personal details
Born (1950-07-29) 29 July 1950 (age 70)
Nathdwara, Rajasthan, India
Political partyIndian National Congress
ProfessionProfessor of Psychology
Websitehttps://rajassembly.nic.in/Speaker.aspx

Educational backgroundEdit

Joshi completed his primary and higher secondary education at his birthplace Nathdwara, Rajasthan. He finished his graduation from University College of Social Sciences & Humanities, Udaipur with a B.A. in Law, and completed his Masters in Physics. He also completed his Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Psychology. He began his academic career as a lecturer at the University College of Social Sciences & Humanities, Udaipur. Before entering full time politics, Joshi was a Professor of Psychology at Udaipur's Mohanlal Sukhadia University, with a specialisation in Intelligence Quotient.

Political careerEdit

Mohan Lal Sukhadia, founder of modern Mewar, recognised Joshi's social commitments and encouraged him to actively participate in politics. He was elected as Student Union President for Mohanlal Sukhadia University in 1973. He was first elected as MLA from Nathdwara in 1980. He went on winning the assembly elections from Nathdwara in 1985, 1998, 2003 and 2018. He is a five-time MLA from Nathdwara and one-time MP from Bhilwara.

In 1998, he became the Cabinet Minister for Rajasthan handling key portfolios like Education, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Public Health Engineering, Policy Planning, and Information Technology. He gave a new direction to the significant departments of Abhiyantrik Yojna, Panchayati Raj and Education and made his distinguished presence in these fields.

In 2003, as an opposition MLA in Rajasthan Legislative Assembly, he was appointed as the president of Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee. He brought the state unit together to win the 2008 Rajasthan Legislative Assembly election only to lose his own seat by one vote, to Bharatiya Janata Party candidate Kalyan Singh Chauhan. He is the second person in the Indian election history to lose an assembly election by one vote. The first candidate to lose by a single vote was A. R. Krishnamurthy against R. Dhruvanarayana at the Santhemarahalli constituency of Karnataka during 2004 assembly elections. He was a prominent Contender for Chief Minister of Rajasthan post in 2008 Rajasthan Legislative Assembly election victory, but he lost his own seat Nathdwara.

After 2009 Indian general election, he was appointed as a Cabinet Minister in the Second Manmohan Singh ministry on 22 May, 2009. From 2009 to 2011, he was the Minister of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj and from 2011 to 2013, he was the Minister of Road Transport and Highways.[2] In 2012, after Mamata Banerjee went out of UPA and Mukul Roy resigned as Railways Minister, CP Joshi got extra charge of Railways Ministry.[3] He resigned from the Cabinet on 16 June 2013 after serving for more than four years to take the charge of General Secretary in All India Congress Committee (AICC). He continued as the General Secretary of All India Congress Committee from 2013 to 2018. He unsuccessfully contested the 2014 Lok Sabha elections from Jaipur (Rural) seat.[4]

After 2018 Rajasthan Legislative Assembly election, Indian National Congress formed the government in Rajasthan under the leadership of Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot. On 16 January 2019, Dr. C. P. Joshi was unanimously appointed as the Speaker of the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly by the members of Rajasthan Legislative Assembly.

Cricket AdministrationEdit

Dr. C.P. Joshi has also dabbled in cricket administration. He is a two-time president of Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA). In 2009, he contested against former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi and became the president of RCA for the first time. Again in 2017, he defeated Lalit Modi's son Ruchir Modi and became RCA president for the second time.[5] Vaibhav Gehlot, son of Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot, succeeded C.P. Joshi as the president of RCA in October 2019.[6] The newly elected executive committee appointed Joshi as the 'chief patron' of Rajasthan Cricket Association and president Vaibhav Gehlot said he will work under the guidance of Joshi.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "C.P. Joshi springs a surprise by securing place in first batch". The Hindu. 23 May 2009. Retrieved 23 May 2009.
  2. ^ PTI. "CP joshi resign". Indian express. Retrieved 16 June 2013.
  3. ^ "CP Joshi takes charge as Railway Minister". IBN Live. 24 September 2012. Retrieved 4 October 2012.
  4. ^ Elections 2014 Results: BJP's Rajyavardhan Rathore defeats Cong's CP Joshi
  5. ^ https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/jaipur/congress-choses-c-p-joshi-as-rajasthan-assembly-speaker/articleshow/67534468.cms
  6. ^ https://www.indiatoday.in/sports/cricket/story/vaibhav-gehlot-son-of-rajasthan-chief-minister-ashok-gehlot-is-new-rca-president-1606271-2019-10-04
  7. ^ https://www.hindustantimes.com/cricket/vaibhav-gehlot-elected-rajasthan-cricket-association-president/story-aLOSjKMmejtjAzPLdo85KP.html

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Political offices
Preceded by
Kamal Nath
Minister of Road Transport and Highways
19 January 2011 - 16 June 2013
Succeeded by
Oscar Fernandes
Preceded by
Raghuvansh Prasad Singh
Minister of Rural Development
22 May 2009 – 18 January 2011
Succeeded by
Vilasrao Deshmukh
Preceded by
Mani Shankar Aiyar
Minister of Panchayati Raj
22 May 2009 – 18 January 2011
Succeeded by
Vilasrao Deshmukh
Preceded by
Pawan Kumar Bansal
Minister of Railways
11 May 2013 – 16 June 2013
Succeeded by
Mallikarjun Kharge
Preceded by
Kailash Chandra Meghwal
Speaker of Rajasthan Legislative Assembly
16 January 2019 - Present
Succeeded by
Incumbent