Manoj Tiwari (Delhi politician)

Manoj Kumar Tiwari (born 1 February 1971) is an Indian politician, singer and actor serving as a Member of Parliament from North East Delhi. He contested the 2009 general election as a Samajwadi Party candidate from Gorakhpur Lok Sabha but lost to Yogi Adityanath. Again, he contested 2014 Indian general elections as a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate and won. He was appointed as Delhi BJP president in 2016.[3] He was the head of the BJP organisation in Delhi when the party recorded a record victory in 2017 MCD elections.[4]

Manoj Tiwari
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
Assumed office
16 May 2014
Preceded byJai Prakash Agarwal
ConstituencyNorth East Delhi
President of Delhi state BJP
In office
30 November 2016 – 2 June 2020
Preceded bySatish Upadhyay
Succeeded byAdesh Kumar Gupta
Personal details
Manoj Kumar Tiwari[1]

(1971-02-01) 1 February 1971 (age 53)
Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
Other political
Samajwadi Party
Rani Tiwari
(m. 1999; div. 2012)
Surbhi Tiwari
(m. 2020)
Residence(s)New Delhi, India
Alma materBanaras Hindu University[2]
  • Actor
  • singer
  • director
  • television presenter
  • politician

Early life


Born on 1 February 1971 in Kabir Chaura locality of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, Tiwari is one of the six children of Chandradev Tiwari and Lalita Devi.[1][5][6] He is from Atarwalia, a small village in Kaimur district of Bihar.[7] Tiwari completed his M.P.Ed. degree from Banaras Hindu University.[1]



Prior to his involvement in politics, he had spent years as a singer and an actor in the Bhojpuri film industry.[8]

In 2003, he took a role in the film Sasura Bada Paisawala.[9][10][11] He followed this with the films Daroga Babu I Love You and Bandhan Toote Na.[8]

The BBC reported in 2005 that Tiwari and Ravi Kishan were the biggest male stars in the Bhojpuri cinema market and that Tiwari charged around US$ 90,000 per film.[10]

Manoj Tiwari also sang "Jiya Ho Bihar Ke Lala Jiya Tu Haazar Sala" in Gangs of Wasseypur.[12]



In 2009, Tiwari contested elections for the 15th Lok Sabha as a candidate for the Samajwadi Party in the Gorakhpur constituency. He had been offered a choice of three constituencies and Zee News reported him as saying that he was not "a political person but was concerned for the development of Purvanchal region of Uttar Pradesh."[13] He lost to Yogi Adityanath.[14]

His house in Mumbai was allegedly attacked in November 2009 by an irate mob about remarks that they claimed he had made about Shiv Sena. Tiwari denied the allegations.[15]

In January 2011 Mid-Day reported that the BJP might invite him to join their party and that the association with him would assist their electoral efforts among North Indians. Tiwari dismissed the story as being hypothetical, although he would consider his options should an invitation emerge. He had been seen with BJP leaders at an event and had expressed admiration for Shatrughan Sinha, the BJP MP for Patna Sahib.[16]

Tiwari was active in the 2011 Indian anti-corruption movement and supported Ramdev's hunger strike at the Ramlila Ground protests[17] and protested the arrest of Anna Hazare.[18]

He went on to win the North East Delhi (Lok Sabha constituency) in the 2014 Indian general elections from BJP. He defeated the AAP candidate with a margin of 1,44,084 votes.[19]

In 2019 general elections, Tiwari, a BJP candidate won against Indian National Congress candidate Sheila Dikshit in the North East Delhi constituency of Delhi by a margin of 3.63 lakh votes.[20][21]

The Delhi government had decided to stop the production, storage, sale, and use of all types of firecrackers to reduce the rising levels of pollution in Delhi. In September 2022, Tiwari moved to the Supreme Court against the Delhi government. Tiwari said that that freedom of religion cannot be taken away under the pretext of the right to life.[22] The Supreme Court refused to provide an early hearing for the petition and dismissed the plea saying, "Let people breathe clean air".[23][24] The Supreme Court also asked the public to use the money on sweets instead of crackers.[25]

In the 2024 General Elections, Manoj Tiwari retained the North East Delhi Lok Sabha seat, defeating former JNU Student Union President and Congress candidate Kanhaiya Kumar by a margin of 138,778 votes.[26]

Personal life


Manoj Tiwari married his first wife Rani Tiwari in 1999.[27] They have a daughter together named Rhiti. In 2011, Manoj and Rani were involved in divorce proceedings, after 11 years of marriage.[1][9] They divorced in 2012.[1][27]

He later married Surbhi, with whom he has two daughters. The first daughter born on 30 December 2020 and second on 12 December 2022.[27][28][29]


Year Title (Movie/Album/TV shows) Song(s)
2002 Single "Chat Deni Maar Deli"
2006 Dehati Babu "Choda Marda Sehar Ki Baat"
2012 Gangs of Wasseypur "Jiya Tu Bihar Ke Lala"
2024 Panchayat "Hind Ke Sitara"




Year Name Role Channel Notes Ref
2010 Bigg Boss 4 Contestant Colors TV Entered Day 1, Evicted Day 62 [31]
2012 Bharat Ki Shaan: Singing Star (Season 2) Host DD National
2012 Sur Sangram (Season 1 and 2) Host [32]
2013 Welcome – Baazi Mehmaan Nawazi Ki Contestant Life OK Along with Sanaya Irani, Andy Kumar
2018 Nehle Pe Dehla Host


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