Subodh Kant Sahay


Shri Subodh Kant Sahay (born 11 June 1951) is an Indian politician. He served as three term MP (Lok sabha) of India. He represented the Ranchi constituency of Jharkhand and is a member of the Indian National Congress (INC) political party. He had been holding important portfolios. He was the Cabinet Minister for Tourism till 28 OCT 2012. He is referred as one of the closest to former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and former UPA Chairperson Smt. Sonia Gandhi. According to sources, Sonia Gandhi knew him for his truth and hard work.[1] He was the Minister for Home in V.P. Singh government. Sahay was asked to resign in 2012 from his ministerial post by Manmohan Singh in light of favouring his brother in allocation of coal mine blocks in the infamous Coal Scam.[2]

Subodh Kant Sahay
The Union Tourism Minister, Shri Subodh Kant Sahai addressing at the National Tourism Awards 2010-2011 presentation ceremony, in New Delhi on February 29, 2012.jpg
Subodh Kant Sahay as Minister of Tourism in 2012
Minister of Tourism
In office
2011 - 2012
Prime MinisterManmohan Singh
Preceded bySelja Kumari
Succeeded byChiranjeevi (As MoS, Independent Charge)
Minister of Food Processing Industries
In office
2009 - 2011
Prime MinisterManmohan Singh
Preceded byHimself (as MoS, Independent Charge)
Succeeded bySharad Pawar
Minister of State (independent charge), Ministry of Food Processing Industries
In office
2004 - 2009
Prime MinisterManmohan Singh
Preceded byRajnath Singh (as Minister)
Succeeded byHimself (as Minister)
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
In office
2004 - 2014
Preceded byRam Tahal Choudhary
Succeeded byRam Tahal Choudhary
In office
1989 -1991
Preceded byShiv Prasad Sahu
Succeeded byRam Tahal Choudhary
Personal details
Born (1951-06-11) 11 June 1951 (age 71)
Latehar, Bihar, India
Political partyIndian National Congress (1989 - Present)
Other political
Janata Dal (till 1989)
Spouse(s)Rekha Sahay
ChildrenYashashwini Sahay
Residence(s)Ranchi & Delhi
As of 25 September, 2006
Source: [1]

Early lifeEdit

Shri Subodh Kant Sahay was born in a religious Chitraguptvanshi Kayastha family in Latehar,(Jharkhand) to Shri. Brijdeo Sahay and Smt. Indrani Devi.[3] He did his B.Sc., LL.B. from[4] A N College, Patna and Ranchi University.He involved in social and welfare activities since student days and organised several National and State Level programmes for mobilisation of youth, working for the upliftment of the downtrodden, deprived and minority communities.

Political careerEdit

Subodh Kant Sahay was actively involved in the Non-Aligned Student and Youth Organisation (NASYO). He participated in Jai Prakash Movement of 70s and was groomed under the tutelage of Janta party stalwarts like Chandrashekhar Singh, Satyendra Narain Sinha & Thakur Prasad. Upon behest of Bihar Janta party President Sinha he was placed as a candidate from Hatia, a seat he won and made his electoral debut in assembly. He was Member of Preparatory Committee, World Youth Festival; General Secretary, (i) Yuva Janata for three years; (ii) Janata Party for two years; (iii) Janata Dal for 6 months; Working President Yuva Janta for two years; President Yuva Janata for three years. He start his political career from Hatia, Ranchi.

He had been re-elected as the MP from Ranchi again in the elections in May 2009. Congress had managed to win only one seat from Ranchi out of 14 seats and only 3 seats from Bihar out of 40 seats. Sahay served as Minister Of State (Independent Charge) for Food Processing Industries in the First Manmohan Singh Cabinet from 2004-2009. On the second Congress victory in the 2009 elections which saw Manmohan Singh continue as Prime Minister, Sahay was elevated to Cabinet rank holding the same Food Processing Industries portfolio.

During the ministry shuffle in January 2011 he was given Cabinet Minister for Ministry of Tourism (India).

Personal lifeEdit

Subodh Kant Sahay is married to Rekha Sahay, who is a famous theatre personality. They have a daughter named Yashaswini Sahay.

Position heldEdit

  • 1978-1989 Speaker, Bihar Legislative Assembly (three terms)
  • President, Public Accounts Committee, Bihar Legislative Assembly (four years)
  • President, Committee of Privileges, Bihar Legislative Assembly (two years)
  • Vice President, Library Committee, Bihar Legislative Assembly (four years)
  • 1989 Elected to 9th Lok Sabha
  • President, Committee on Petitions, Bihar Legislative Assembly (three years)
  • April 1990 - November 1990 Union Minister, Home Affairs, Govt. of India
  • November 1990 - June 1991 Union Minister of State (Independent Charge), Information & Broadcasting & Home Affairs, Govt. of India
  • 2004 Re-elected to 14th Lok Sabha (2nd term)
  • 2004 Union Minister of State (Independent Charge), Food & Food Processing Industries
  • 2006 Cabinet Minister, Food Processing
  • 2011 Cabinet Minister, Ministry of Tourism (India)
  • 2011 to 28 Oct 2012: Union Minister for Tourism.


  1. ^ "Maya govt acting on whims, says Sahay - Indian Express".
  2. ^ DelhiSeptember 20, Kay Benedict New; September 20, 2012; Ist, 2012 12:07. "Prime Minister Manmohan Singh tells tourism minister Subodh Kant Sahai to leave office over Coalgate". India Today.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  3. ^ Verma, Ravindra Kumar (1991). "Caste and Bihar Politics". Economic and Political Weekly. 26 (18): 1142–1144. ISSN 0012-9976. JSTOR 41498247.
  4. ^ "National Portal of India".
Political offices
Preceded by
Minister of Food Processing Industries