Shri Mangal Pandey
Mangal Pandey ( born 31 December 1972) is the Health Minister of Bihar , and State Incharge Of BJP Himachal Pradesh and was Ex President of Bhartiya Janta Party, Bihar unit and was in office since 18 January 2013 to 30 November 2016. Pandey, a leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is the Member of Legislative Council since 7 th of May 2012. Inspired by Atal Bihari Vajpeyee, he consider him as his political and spiritual guru. Since Mangal Pandey taking charge as Party President, his administration has focused on including new ideas in organisation and encouraging youth participation.
EARLY LIFE AND EDUCATION
Mangal Pandey was born on 31 st December 1972 to a family of farmers in Bhrigu Baliya, Maharajgunj, Siwan district, Bihar.He was the elder of two born to Shri Awadhesh Pandey and Late Premlata Pandey. Pandey’s family belonged to the Brahmin community. As a child,Pandey helped his father in farming activities. . His father is a social worker. On the 26 th of jan 1981 his father opened Veena Mishra Balika Uchha Vidyalaya . This school is a govt school and provides girls education till 10+2 .
His mother was a house wife and was very interested in cultural activities. She always used to participate in cultural activities in her society. She died on 23 rd of August 2004. He got married to Smt Urmila Pandey on 19 th April 1998. She is from Bhitti Sahabuddin, Baniyapur, Saran District. She is a housewife and extends all her support in political activities of Pandey. He is blessed with one Son, Master Harsh Kumar Pandey, DOB 25 TH Nov 2000. He did his initial schooling from St. Michaels,Patna.He is now persuing his 10+2 from Morden school delhi.
Pandey completed his Secondary education in Maharajgunj, Siwan in 1987 and Higher Secondary education in Science from Devi Dayal high school in 1989 from Magadh University where a teacher described him as an bright student and a keen debater, with interest in cricket. Pandey had an early gift for rhetoric in debates, and this was noted by his teachers and students. He also started his own cricket team “Sunny Cricket Club” in Patna wherein he was the captain. His teammates used to see him as a wicket keeper batsman. He became quit famous in cricketing circle in Patna till he got too busy with politics in 1989. Once in 2007,while Pandey was State General Secretary, Bihar, Shri Arun Jaitley asked him about his educational qualification, Mr. Pandey told that he is a graduate . Hearing this Mr. Jaitley suggested him to study further and do as many degrees as possible. This incident inspired him to go for further studies. He joined distance learning from Rajasthan University in 2008 and completed his M.A( Political Science) in 2011. As of now he is perusing PHD from Veer Kunwar Singh University, Arra under Prof. Mahendra Singh. His subject of PHD is “Ekatm Manavad” by Pd. Deen Dayal Upadhaya,
EARLY POLITICAL CAREER, 1987–2013
In 1987, when Bhartiya Janta Party was picking grounds across the country, Pandey joined Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the student wing of the RSS. During this period he became involved in printing pamphlets opposing the government, staging protests and organising demonstrations. He also started going to RSS sakhas from 1988 and became a regular swayamsevak.
He joined BJP in 1989 as a primary member from Maharajganj and was made Member of working committee,Maharajganj. In 1992, Pandey was elected working committee member of the party’s Siwan unit, marking his entrance into full time politics. He rose within the party, helping organise Shila pujan karyakram of Vishwa Hindu Parishad during 1988-89. He was inducted in Bhartiya Janta Yuva Morcha state working committee in 1994. Within a short span of time, he was made in charge of Saran zone, BJYM in 1995. Pandey always stood up to expectations of party leaders and this resulted in another responsibility as State Secretary, BJYM in 1997.As state secretary, he rigorously travelled across the state and was co in charge for L.K.Advani’s Swarna Jayanti Rath Yatra during 1997-98 . In 2000 he was made state president of BJYM.As state president he started a campaign against the then Lalu Yadav’s government “Jawab Do Hisab Do”.Under this party workers use to ask for the expenses done by state government for funds allocated by then Vajpeyee’s government. Failing to answer use to result in lock down of block development officers offices. This campaign was a huge success. Over 20000 BJYM karyakartas were arrested state-wide. Panday got arrested twice first in chapra then in Muzzaffarpur.This gave him massive popularity across the state and party ranks. In 2003 he was made zonal in charge, organisation and later in 2005 he was made State General Secretary,BJP. Bihar. In 2006 under the Presidency of Shri Radha Mohan Singh he was again given the responsibility of state general secretary for second time. He continued in the office for another 2 terms in 2008 and in 2010.
STATE PRESIDENT, BIHAR
When the whole country was getting ready for General Elections 2014, Pandey was given the responsibility of State
President of Bihar’s party unit on 18 th January 2013. This was the test of his capacity of performance under extreme
pressure. After joining the office, his first dare devil approach was marked in State working Committee Meeting at Gaya in 2013. Wherein Pandey passed a resolution and officially asked the national president, Rajnath Singh to fight 2014 General Elections in leadership of Narendra Modi. This came as surprise to senior leadership as Bihar unit was the first to ask so. Election campaign in Bihar was started by “Hunkar Rally” on 27 Oct 2013 at historical Gandhi Maidan where a head count of more than 7 lakh people was recorded. While rally was proceeding, a serial blast took place killing 6 and injuring 108 people. Pandey made sure that all deceased were treated as martyrs and made statue in their respective villages. He also made sure that all injured are treated on party expense. Few of them are still under treatment. This generous act made him earn huge respect among party ranks and cadres. Party won with thumping majority in 2014 General Election and NDA almost did a clean sweep winning 31 out of 40 seats in Bihar. Another test was MLC elections of 2015 for 24 seats. Here too Pandey spear headed a clean win over 13 seats. Failure in Bihar assembly elections is the only setback Pandey has got in his Political Journey.
INTER STATE DIPLOMACY
After becoming president, Pandey has always concentrated in gathering support for Bihar from the Bihari’s staying in different part of country. He frequently visits states like Maharashtra, Gujrat, Delhi, Karnataka, Assam, Meghalaya, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab and Chhattisgarh also to gather support for party and state. A workaholic by nature ,he likes giving all his time in building organization. Taking a step forward ,he has made a “Pravasi Bihari Prakosth” in states which has significant Bihari population. This cell acts as bridge between native and immigrants of state. During 2017 UP Election He was made the incharge of Awadh Region. On May 7, 2017 He became the State Incharge Of BJP Himchal Pradesh.