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Dinesh Sharma

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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.
==Political Careercareer==
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).<ref>{{cite web|title=Deputy CM-designate, Dinesh Sharma: A professor known to have good rapport with Lucknow Muslims|url=}}</ref> 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.<ref>{{cite web|title=The slow and steady rise of Dinesh Sharma|url=}}</ref>
On 16 August 2014 he became the National Vice President of [[Bharatiya Janata Party]], following his contribution to the party's success in the [[Indian general election, 2014|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 and will have to either be elected from a vacant seat there or join the Legislative Council (Upper House) within six months.<ref>{{Cite news|url=|title=The big question: UP ka CM kaun?|work=NewsBytes|access-date=2017-03-18|language=en}}</ref>