Kalraj Mishra (born 1 July 1941) is an Indian politician, serving as the Governor of Rajasthan. He is the former Governor of Himachal Pradesh and Cabinet Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in the BJP-led NDA government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Being affiliated with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), he was a member of Parliament from Deoria constituency in Uttar Pradesh from 2014 to 2019.
|22nd Governor of Rajasthan|
|Assumed office |
9 September 2019
|Chief Minister||Ashok Gehlot|
|Preceded by||Kalyan Singh|
|19th Governor of Himachal Pradesh|
22 July 2019 – 8 September 2019
|Preceded by||Acharya Devvrat|
|Succeeded by||Bandaru Dattatreya|
|Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises|
26 May 2014 – 3 September 2017
|Prime Minister||Narendra Modi|
|Preceded by||K. H. Muniyappa|
|Succeeded by||Giriraj Singh|
|Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha|
16 May 2014 – 23 May 2019
|Preceded by||Gorakh Prasad Jaiswal|
|Succeeded by||Ramapati Ram Tripathi|
|Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha|
3 April 1978 – 2 April 1984
7 June 2001 – 2 April 2006
3 April 2006 – 21 March 2012
|Member of Legislative Assembly, Uttar Pradesh|
6 March 2012 – 31 May 2014
|Preceded by||Vidya Sagar Gupta|
|Succeeded by||Ashutosh Tandon|
|Born||1 July 1941|
Malikpur, United Provinces, British India
|Political party||Bharatiya Janata Party|
|Spouse(s)||Satyawati Mishra (m. 1963)|
Mishra was born on 1 July 1941 as the fourth son in a middle-class family in Malikpur, Ghazipur. His father, Ramagya Mishra, was a teacher. He obtained his M.A. degree from Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapith, Varanasi. He married Satyawati Mishra on 7 May 1963, with whom he has two sons and a daughter.
In 1955, Mishra became a swayamsevak of RSS and in 1963 became RSS purnkalik pracharak. In 1977, he was vice–president of Janata Yuva Morcha (Youth organisation of Janata Party), with Subramanian Swamy as its president. In 1979, he was elected as President of Janata Yuva Morcha. He was the first elected National President of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha.
He was a three term member of Rajya Sabha in 1978, 2001 and 2006. He entered politics and held many party positions at state and national level. He was a Cabinet Minister in Government of Uttar Pradesh holding the portfolios of Public Works, Medical Education and Tourism during March 1997 – August 2000 period.
Mishra started a campaign wherein all state highways would be made crater free. He played an important role in the formation of Uttarakhand. By his efforts and organisational capability he was able to make a good & competent organisation.
First time ever Mishra contested Vidhan Sabha election in 2012 as a BJP candidate from Lucknow East assembly constituency and won the seat for BJP. He initiated many developmental projects. In 2014 Mishra became MP from Deoria constituency & later appointed Cabinet Minister in the Modi government. He was the Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises from 26 May 2014 to 2 September 2017. On 15 July 2019 he was appointed Governor of Himachal Pradesh replacing Acharya Devvrat who was transferred to Gujarat as Governor.
In July 2019, he was appointed the Governor of Himachal Pradesh replacing Acharya Devvrat. In September 2019, he was appointed the Governor of Rajasthan and is presently a governor designate.