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Minister of State's Profile

V. Narayanasamy

Shri Rajeev Shukla

Minister of State for Planning and Parliamentary Affairs

Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) from Maharashtra

Personal Details:

Date of Birth :
13 September 1957
Marital Status : Married, One child
Educational Qualification : M.A., Kanpur University
L.L.B., Kanpur University

Brief Profile:

Minister of State in the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs and Planning, a committed party man for Indian National Congress, IPL Chairman, journalist, political commentator and television host- Rajeev Shukla is a multi faceted personality who has achieved great success in every field he forayed into. Mr. Shukla started off his career as a reporter with a leading publication in Uttar Pradesh. Since then he has worked for eminent publications including Northern India Patrika, Jansatta, Dainik Jaagran Ravivar and Sunday.

As a journalist, Mr. Shukla wrote for the very prestigious Sunday magazine and went on to become its political editor- a post he maintained for eight years. He also worked for Sunday Observer as its Editor. He wrote a column “Front Foot” for 10 years in Indian Express. He continues to write till date his column Power Play that is published in 14 newspapers and gives in-depth analysis of the national and international political scenario prevalent.

Mr. Shukla also appeared as television host in the very famous programme Ru-ba-ru telecast on Zee TV. Here he interviewed eminent personalities ranging from political leaders like Congress Chairperson Mrs. Sonia Gandhi, former Prime Ministers Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Mr I.K Gujral, the then President Mr K R Narayanan, Benazeer Bhutto, Nawaz Sharif, Dalai Lama to film celebrities and sport stars like Amitabh Bachchan, Anil Kapoor, Shahrukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Kapil Dev, Imran Khan. Mr. Shukla was lauded as TV host for the programme for his unique style and flair.

Mr. Shukla recently assumed the charge of the Chairman Indian Premier League. In his association with the Board of Control for Cricket in India he has been elected three times as the Vice President and has also capably served as the Chairman, Media Committee/ Finance committee and several other essential sub-committees of the Board.

Mr. Shukla is lauded for his leadership qualities and his cool and calm demeanour. As Union Minister and Member of Parliament, his work has been appreciated across the parties. Working with utmost sincerity and commitment for the party, he served as Secretary and Spokesperson in All India Congress Committee and contributed immensely as co-ordinator for various States. Currently he is spokesperson for the Union Government and the Party. He is a rare political leader whose friendly demeanour and calm composed attitude is a refreshing change from the mundane image of the political scenario in India.