Sanjeev Balyan

Sanjeev Kumar Balyan (born 23 June 1972) is an Indian politician and member of the Bharatiya Janata Party. He has been elected to Lok Sabha from the Muzaffarnagar constituency in 2014 and 2019.[1]

Sanjeev Balyan
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Minister of State for Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries
Assumed office
30 May 2019
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
Minister of State for Water Reources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation
In office
5 July 2016 – 3 September 2017
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
Preceded bySanwar Lal Jat
Succeeded bySatya Pal Singh
Minister of State for Agriculture
In office
26 May 2014 – 5 July 2016
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
Minister of State for Food Processing
In office
26 May 2014 – 9 November 2014
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
Succeeded bySadhvi Niranjan Jyoti
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
Assumed office
16 May 2014
Preceded byKadir Rana
Personal details
Born (1972-06-23) 23 June 1972 (age 50)
Kutbi, Uttar Pradesh, India
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
Alma materCCS Haryana Agricultural University

He was appointed as the Minister of State for Agriculture and food processing in the National Democratic Alliance government in May 2014. Then, in July 2016, he was moved to be Minister of State for Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation, under Minister Uma Bharti.[2][3] He was moved out of the ministry in September 2017 but he again made a comeback in the ministry when he defeated Ajit Singh in a very close contest in the 2019 elections. Close connections in Uttarakhand state called right hand Saurabh Bansal. He is appointed as minister of State for Animal Husbandry, Fisheries and Dairying on 30 May 2019.

He is a veterinarian by qualification and did his Ph.D. in Veterinary Anatomy.

He comes from Kutbi village in Muzaffarnagar district.[4]

Early life and educationEdit

He obtained his degrees, including a doctorate in Veterinary Anatomy, from CCS Haryana Agricultural University.[5][6] During his education in CCSHAU, he was a student leader and was very active in politics.[citation needed] He served in Government of Haryana as an assistant professor and veterinary surgeon.[5]

Political careerEdit

Balyan is a Bharatiya Janata Party politician who was elected as Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha from Muzaffarnagar in 2014 defeating Kadir Rana of Bahujan Samaj Party by more than four lakh votes.[5] He won 2019 Indian general elections from Muzaffarnagar defeating Ajit Singh of Rashtriya Lok Dal.[citation needed](

He became the Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing in 2014. In 2016, he became Minister of State for Water Resources, River Development, and Ganga Rejuvenation.[5]

Balyan is an accused in the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots, although he was already in jail as a precautionary measure taken by administration when the riots took place. According to a May 2014 report in The Times of India:

Balyan was part of a mahapanchayat in September 2013 which was held despite prohibitory orders and allegedly inflamed tensions. UP police charged him with violation of prohibitory orders and promoting enmity between two communities.[7]

In November 2015 a bailable warrant was issued against Balyan. Balyan was charged with offences under the Indian Penal Code sections 188 (violating prohibitory orders), 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharging his duty) and 341 (wrongful restraint).[8] In December 2015, Balyan surrendered before a Muzzafarnagar court and obtained bail. Balyan has denied his involvement in the riots and has claimed that he has been booked in a false case and accused of doing things he never did.[9]

In May 2019, Balyan became Minister of State for Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries.[10]


  1. ^ "Constituencywise-All Candidates". Archived from the original on 21 May 2014. Retrieved 17 May 2014.
  2. ^ "Narendra Modi Cabinet reshuffle: Full list". The Indian Express. 6 July 2016. Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  3. ^ "Big changes in cabinet reshuffle; Prakash Javadekar lands HRD, Ravi Shankar Prasad loses telecom". The Economic Times. Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  4. ^ "The Nowhere People of Muzaffarnagar". 10 April 2014. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  5. ^ a b c d "Sanjeev Balyan", Patrika
  6. ^ Layak, Suman (10 July 2016), "Cabinet reshuffle: Modi government's got talent but is it being fully utilised?", The Economic Times
  7. ^ "Sanjeev Balyan: From riot accused to central minister". Times of India. 27 May 2014. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
  8. ^ "Arrest Warrant Against BJP Leader Sanjeev Balyan in Muzaffarnagar Riots Case". NDTV. 3 November 2015. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
  9. ^ "Balyan surrenders in court, gets bail". Times of India. 18 December 2015. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
  10. ^ "PM Modi allocates portfolios. Full list of new ministers", Live Mint, 31 May 2019