About Rajesh GahlotRajesh Gahlot, who represented the Matiala Assembly constituency in the Delhi Legislative Assembly in 2013, has a lot resting on his shoulders in the upcoming elections. He hails from a humble background himself, making it easier for him to be aware of the issues concerning the lower strata of society.
Early Life of Rajesh GahlotRajesh Gahlot was born on September 22, 1964 in Nawada village of Outer Delhi to Sardar Singh and Prakash Vati. His father is a retired principal of a government school, while his mother is a homemaker. Rajesh Gahlot's father, a social activist, has had a great positive influence on him right since his childhood.
Rajesh Gahlot completed his education from senior secondary Janta Vedic Inter College in Baraut, Baghpat in Uttar Pradesh in 1984. Subsequently, Gahlot signed up to do a business of brick manufacturing with the intention of providing financial aid to his family and to share the burden of his father. He later went on to do a crockery business for a brief period of time.
Political Career of Rajesh GahlotAs Rajesh Gahlot longed to serve the common people, he decided to do something more than his own business. Hence, he decided to join active politics as he knew that it was only by joining a bigger platform that he could provide people with greater service.
In 1987, Rajesh Gahlot joined Jan Jagran Andolan founded by Lok Dal supremo Chaudhary Devi Lal. After a year or so, Gahlot was designated as the Delhi state secretary by Lok Dal and came into active politics. A golden opportunity came Gahlot's way in the form of a Janata Dal ticket to contest the 1989 Indian General Elections, but he could not capitalise on the opportunity due to inadequate political expertise and lost the election.
A few years down the line, Rajesh Gahlot contested the 1993 Delhi Assembly elections on a Janata Dal ticket from Hastsal Assembly segment, but he still could not win. In 1996, Gahlot got the opportunity to work with late Sahib Singh Verma and joined the Bharatiya Janata Party as by that time Janata Dal, Lok Dal & BJP had formed a coalition. Within next three years, Gahlot saw himself up the political ladder in Delhi when he became the councillor, MCD from the Matiala constituency in 1997. In 1998, he became the Chairman for the Najafgarh MCD zone. He rose through the ranks over the next decade to become the Chairman of the South Delhi Municipal Corporation.
Rajesh Gahlot contested the 2013 Delhi Assembly elections from Matiala Assembly seat and won. He defeated Gulab Singh of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) by 4,002 votes. Gahlot's popularity has grown amongst the party workers and the masses alike over the years. Now as the Delhi Assembly stands dissolved and fresh elections are set to be held soon, Rajesh Gahlot is expected to repeat his winning feat.
Last Updated on 24 February, 2017.