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Dinesh Sharma is an Indian Politician who serves as Deputy Chief Minister of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. He previously served as the mayor of Lucknow, the state capital. A university professor by profession, he is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party and he has held various roles in the party.

Dr. Dinesh Sharma
डॉ. दिनेश शर्मा
Deputy Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh
Assumed office
19 March 2017
Preceded by Chaudhary Narain Singh
Minister of Secondary and Higher Education, Minister of Science and Technology, Minister of Electronics and Information Technology Government of Uttar Pradesh
Assumed office
23 March 2017
Leader of the House, Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council
Assumed office
11 May 2017
Preceded by Ahmed Hassan
Member of Legislative Council, Uttar Pradesh
Assumed office
9 September 2017
Mayor of Lucknow
In office
14 November 2006 – 22 March 2017
Preceded by Dr. S. C. Rai
Succeeded by Sanyukta Bhatia
Personal details
Born (1964-01-12) 12 January 1964 (age 54)
Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
Nationality Indian
Political party Lotus BJPBharatiya Janata Party
Spouse(s) Jayalakshmi Sharma
Education M. Com., PhD (HRD & Psychology)
Occupation Professor

Political careerEdit

Sharma's political talent was first noticed by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Like many politicians in the Bharatiya Janata Party, Sharma began his political career with the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, the student wing of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. He was later named the state President of the BJP's Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (Youth Wing).[1] Sharma was subsequently elected as Mayor of Lucknow in 2006. He stood for re-election in 2012 and defeated his nearest rival, Neeraj Bora of the Indian National Congress by over 1.71 lakh votes.[2] On 16 August 2014 he became the National Vice President of Bharatiya Janata Party, following his contribution to the party's success in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. On March 19, 2017, he was appointed as one of two Deputy Chief Ministers of Uttar Pradesh. He is not an elected member of the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly. He is elected for Legislative Council (Upper House) on 9 September 2017.

He got the ministries of Higher and Secondary Education, Science and Technology, Electronics and IT departments.[3][4]

Academic careerEdit

Sharma joined the University of Lucknow in 1992. He is a professor in the commerce department.[5][6]