Satish Sharma

Summary

Satish C. Sharma (11 October 1947 – 17 February 2021) was an Indian politician. He represented the Indian National Congress party, and was a former member of the Union Cabinet in the Government of India. Sharma's political career was boosted by his closeness to both Rajiv Gandhi, and after his assassination, his wife and the de facto political power center of the Congress party, Sonia Gandhi. He held seats in the Lok Sabha at the behest of both the Nehru-Gandhi family and the electorate.

Satish Sharma
Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas
In office
1993–1996
Member of Parliament for Uttar Pradesh
In office
5 July 2010 – 4 July 2016
Member of Parliament
In office
1998–2004
Preceded byAshok Singh
Succeeded bySonia Gandhi
ConstituencyRae Bareli
In office
1991–1998
Preceded byRajiv Gandhi
Succeeded byDr. Sanjay Singh
ConstituencyAmethi
Personal details
Born(1947-10-11)11 October 1947
Secunderabad, (Andhra Pradesh)
Died17 February 2021(2021-02-17) (aged 73)
Goa
Political partyIndian National Congress
Spouse(s)Sterre Sharma
Childrenone son and one daughter
Residence(s)34, Gurudwara Rakab Ganj Road, New Delhi.

Personal lifeEdit

Satish Sharma was born on 11 October 1947 in Secunderabad, a city in the Indian state Telangana. He was educated in Col. Brown Cambridge School in Dehra Dun and was later trained as a pilot in Kansas City, Missouri. He was married to Sterre Sharma who founded and runs the Tribal jewellery museum at Mangar Bani on the Delhi-Haryana which is a sacred grove in Faridabad district.[1][2] He died on 17 February 2021 in Goa.[3]

Political careerEdit

In 1991 he was elected to the Lok Sabha in a by-poll from Rajiv Gandhi's constituency of Amethi following the latter's assassination. From January 1993 until December 1996 he was Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas. He was elected to Lok Sabha from Amethi again in 1996, and after losing in Amethi in 1998, he was elected again to Lok Sabha from Raebareli in 1999.

In October 2021, Sharma was named in the Pandora Papers. These documents showed that Sharma owned property and had control of multiple international trusts, starting in 1995, which were not declared to the Election Commission. According to Sharma's wife Sterre Sharma, her husband had no offshore accounts, and the property was liquidated to pay taxes.[4]

Parliamentary CommitteesEdit

  • Member, Committee on Transport and Tourism (1999 – 2000)
  • Member, Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Civil Aviation (October 2004 – May 2009 and August 2009 – July 2010)
  • Member, Committee on Transport, Tourism and Culture (August 2009 – May 2014)
  • Member, Committee on Urban Development (September 2014–2021)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Mangar, a hidden jewel near Delhi, The Hindu BusinessLine, 19 September 2017.
  2. ^ Best Places to Visit Mangar, Faridabad, Mangar Tourist Places
  3. ^ "Gandhi loyalist Satish Sharma dies at 73". The Tribune. 17 February 2021. Retrieved 17 February 2021.
  4. ^ Yadav, Shyamlal (5 October 2021). "Pandora Papers: Gandhi family friend Satish Sharma set up offshore entities". The Indian Express. Retrieved 6 October 2021.

External linksEdit

  • Indian-express.com
  • Business-standard.com
  • Commoncauseindia.org
  • Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
  • Rediff.com
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