Rajiv Pratap Rudy
|Minister of State|
Government of India
9 November 2014 – 31 August 2017
|Prime Minister||Narendra Modi|
|Minister of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship|
|9 November 2014 - 31 August 2017|
|Minister of Parliamentary Affairs||9 November 2014 - 5 July 2016|
1 September 2002 – 22 May 2004
|Prime Minister||Atal Bihari Vajpayee|
|Minister of Civil Aviation|
|24 May 2003 - 22 May 2004|
|Minister of Commerce & Industry||1 September 2002 - 24 May 2003|
|Member of Parliament|
|Assumed office |
|Preceded by||Lalu Prasad yadav|
|Preceded by||Heera Lal Rai|
|Succeeded by||Lalu Prasad Yadav|
|Preceded by||Lal Babu Rai|
|Succeeded by||Heera Lal Rai|
|Member of Parliament|
4 July 2008 – 16 May 2014
|Preceded by||Jai Narain Prasad Nishad|
|Succeeded by||Pavan Varma|
|Member of Bihar Legislative Assembly|
|Preceded by||Ram Das Rai|
|Succeeded by||Ram Das Rai|
|Born||30 March 1962|
Amnour, Saran, Bihar
|Political party||Bharatiya Janata Party|
(1999–present)Bihar People's Party
|Alma mater||Panjab University|
In 2014. Rudy became the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship in Narendra Modi's government. Simultaneously he also shared Parliamentary Affairs department jointly with Minister of State, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. Rudy was a General Secretary of Bharatiya Janata Party, a position relinquished soon after he joined the government. Rudy is a trained pilot and holds a commercial pilot's license. He is featured in the Limca Book of Records as the only parliamentarian to fly a commercial aircraft, an Airbus-320 of Indigo airlines.
Rajiv Pratap Rudy was born to Vishwanath Singh and Prabha Singh on 30 March 1962 in Patna, Bihar. His ancestral village is Amnour, Saran, Bihar. Rudy completed his school education from St. Michael's High School, Patna. Later, he completed his pre-university and pre-engineering from DAV College, Chandigarh. He completed his graduation in B.A (Hons.) in Economics at Government College, Chandigarh. Later he also completed a degree in Law from Panjab University in 1985 and studied post-graduation in Economics from Magadh University in 1987.
Prior to joining politics, he was a lecturer of Economics in A.N. College, Patna though he was involved in student politics at Panjab University at Chandigarh when studying at Government College.
Rudy was the campaign in charge of Harmohan Dhawan, who was contesting from the Chandigarh Lok Sabha constituency in 1989. He was actively associated with former Prime Minister Chandra Shekhar. Rudy was first elected in 1990 as a Member of the Bihar Legislative Assembly on Janata Dal ticket from Taraiya at the young age of 28. He was elected to the Lok Sabha - the lower house of the Parliament of India - as a candidate of the BJP. He was re–elected for a second term of Lok Sabha in 1999, from Chapra (Lok Sabha constituency) for BJP. He then served as the Minister of State for Commerce, Trade & Industry and subsequently became Civil Aviation Minister with independent charge in the National Democratic Alliance government led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee. During that tenure, Rudy was in controversy of non-payment of his bills at Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Goa, which he had to later pay.
Rudy had earlier held the post of National Vice President of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha. He was the General Secretary and member of the BJP National Executive.
Rudy lost to Lalu Prasad in 2004 General elections in Chapra (Lok Sabha constituency). He was then elected to Rajya Sabha from Bihar in 2010. He contested the 2014 Lok Sabha Elections from Saran (Lok Sabha constituency) and defeated former Chief Minister of Bihar, Rabri Devi. following which he was sworn-in as Minister of State on 9 November 2014 and got Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship.
In October 2015, Rajiv Pratap Rudy was in a controversy over sharing on Twitter a screenshot of Pakistan's daily Dawn website carrying Nitish Kumar's ad of vote appeal during 2015 Bihar Legislative Assembly election, prompting JD(U) to launch a sharp attack on him and seek his immediate sacking. He submitted his resignation from the cabinet on 31/8/2017 prior to imminent reshuffle in September 2017.
In May 2021, Rajiv Pratap Rudy was criticized when 30 unused ambulances were found parked at his Amnour Vishw-Prabha community centre, even when Bihar was struggling under second wave of COVID-19 pandemic. These ambulances were purchased using funds from the Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS). Jan Adhikar Party chief Pappu Yadav raided that community centre run by Rudy.
Rudy married Neelam Pratap on 9 March 1991 at the age of 29. They have two daughters. Elder daughter Avshreya Rudy (born 1993) is a lawyer and also a polo player His younger daughter Atisha Pratap Singh (born 2000) is a kuchipudi dancer.