Jyotiraditya Madhavrao Scindia (born 1 January 1971) is an Indian politician who serves as the Minister of Civil Aviation, a position his father held from 1991 to 1993. He is a Member of Parliament in the Rajya Sabha representing the State of Madhya Pradesh. He is a former Member of Parliament in the Lok Sabha, representing the Guna constituency in Madhya Pradesh until his defeat in the 2019 Indian general election. He is a former member of the Indian National Congress and presently a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party.
|Minister of Civil Aviation|
|Assumed office |
7 July 2021
|Prime Minister||Narendra Modi|
|Preceded by||Hardeep Singh Puri|
|Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha|
|Assumed office |
20 June 2020
|Preceded by||Satyanarayan Jatiya|
|Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha|
24 February 2002 – 23 May 2019
|Preceded by||Madhavrao Scindia|
|Succeeded by||Dr. K. P. Yadav|
|Minister of State (Independent charge) for Power and corporate|
28 October 2012 – 26 May 2014
|Prime Minister||Manmohan Singh|
|Preceded by||Veerappa Moily|
|Succeeded by||Piyush Goyal|
|Born||1 January 1971|
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
|Political party||Bharatiya Janata Party |
|Indian National Congress |
|Relatives||See Scindia family|
|Residence(s)||Jai Vilas Palace, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, India|
New Delhi, India
|Alma mater||Harvard University (B.A.)|
Stanford University (M.B.A.)
While a member of the INC, Scindia was a Minister of State with independent charge for various ministry between 2007 to 2014 in the cabinet of prime minister Manmohan Singh from October 2012 until May 2014. In March 2020, he severed all ties with Congress and joined BJP.
Scindia is the son of the late Indian politician, Madhavrao Scindia, and a grandson of Jivajirao Scindia, the last ruler of the princely state of Gwalior during the British Raj in India. Jyotiraditya was briefly the titular Crown Prince of Gwalior in 1971, until the privy purses and titles of Indian royals were abolished by the government in 1971.
Scindia was admitted to St. Stephen's College, Delhi, University of Delhi. He later transferred to Harvard College, the undergraduate liberal arts college of Harvard University, where he graduated with BA degree in Economics in 1993. In 2001, he received a Master of Business Administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Scindia is a grandson of Jivajirao Scindia, the last Maharaja of the princely state of Gwalior. His father Madhavrao Scindia was an Indian politician and a minister in the government of Rajiv Gandhi. Scindia's mother is Madhavi Raje Scindia (Kiran Rajya Lakshmi Devi). He is married to Priyadarshini Raje Scindia.
On 30 September 2001, the Guna constituency fell vacant due to the death of Scindia's father the sitting MP Madhavrao Scindia in an airplane crash in Uttar Pradesh. On 18 December, he formally joined the INC and pledged to uphold the "secular, liberal and social justice values" of his father.
On 24 February, Scindia won the by-election in Guna, defeating his nearest rival, Desh Raj Singh Yadav of the BJP, by a margin of approximately 450,000 votes. He was re-elected in May 2004, and was introduced to the Union Council of Ministers in 2007 as Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology. He was then re-elected in 2009 for a third consecutive term and became Minister of State for Commerce and Industry.
Scindia was appointed Minister of State for Communication in 2007 later as minister of state independent charge for Power in a cabinet reshuffle which drafted a number of younger politicians into the Indian cabinet, including two other scions of princely families, R. P. N. Singh and Jitendra Singh.
Scindia was among the richest ministers in the UPA government with assets nearly Rs. 25 crore ($5 million) including investments in Indian and foreign securities worth over ₹16 crore (US$2 million) and jewellery worth over ₹5.7 crore (US$748,037). In 2010, he filed a legal claim to be the sole inheritor of the property belonging to his late father worth ₹20,000 crore (US$3 billion), however this was challenged in court by his aunts.[clarification needed]
Scindia was tasked by the Indian Planning Commission with preventing a repetition of the July 2012 India blackout, the largest power outage in history, which affected over 620 million people, about 9% of the world population, In May 2013, Scindia claimed that checks and balances had been put in place to prevent any recurrence of grid collapse and that India would have the world's largest integrated grid by January 2014.
In 2014, Scindia was elected from Guna but lost that seat to Krishna Pal Singh Yadav. In 2019, he was appointed as General Secretary in charge for Uttar Pradesh West along with Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.
Citing disgruntlement with the INC leadership especially with Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi, he quit the Congress party on 10 March 2020. The Congress party then released a statement claiming that he had been expelled for "anti-party activities". He later joined the BJP on 11 March 2020. Other MLAs loyal to him also resigned from the INC and their MLA posts that led 2020 Madhya Pradesh political crisis which resulted in the resignation of Kamal Nath as Chief Minister on 23 March 2020. As a result of Political Crisis Shivraj Singh Chouhan was sworn as Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh on 23 March 2020.
On 19 June 2020, Scindia was elected a BJP Rajya Sabha MP from Madhya Pradesh. On 7 July 2021, Scindia was appointed as the Minister of Civil Aviation in Second Modi ministry after a cabinet reshuffle in July 2021.
In February 2022, Scindia was appointed PM Modi's special envoy to Romania to oversee evacuation of Indian nationals in Ukraine as a result of war like situation between Russia and Ukraine. As a part of Operation Ganga, he is overseeing the evacuation efforts of students and Indian professionals through Bucharest and Suceava.
Scindia is chairman of the regional Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) in India. After the spot fixing scandal in the Indian Premier League exploded in the media and Sanjay Jagdale, a member of the MPCA resigned from his job as secretary from the Board of Control for Cricket in India, Scindia spoke out against corruption in Indian cricket.
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