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Who is Jyotiraditya Scindia?

Jyotiraditya Scindia

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Who is Jyotiraditya Scindia?

Jyotiraditya Madhavrao Scindia was born on 1 January 1971 and is an Indian politician, serving as the Minister of Civil Aviation and Steel in the second term of the Narendra Modi government, since 2021. Since 2020, he has been a member of the Rajya Sabha, where he represents the state of Madhya Pradesh.
Scindia served as a Member of Parliament in the Lok Sabha from 2002 until his defeat in the Indian general election in 2019. He represented the Guna constituency in Madhya Pradesh at that time. He has been a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) since 2020 and was previously a member of the Indian National Congress (INC) from 2001 to 2020. While from the INC, he served as the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power and Corporate in the second Manmohan Singh ministry from 2012 to 2014.
Scindia is a grandson of Jiwajirao Scindia, and the son of politician Madhavrao Scindia, the last leader of the princely state of Gwalior during the British Raj in India. Jyotiraditya was momentarily the nominal Crown prince of Gwalior in 1971, until the privy totes and titles of Indian royals were annulled by the government in 1971.
Personal Life and Education
Scindia was born on 1 January 1971 in Mumbai to Madhavrao Scindia as father and Madhavi Raje Scindia as mother. He was raised in the Kurmi caste. He was taught at Campion School, Mumbai and at The Doon School, Dehradun.
Scindia got admission to the University of Delhi's St. Stephen's College, Delhi. He then transferred to Harvard College, Harvard University's undergraduate liberal arts college and graduated in BA Economics in 1993. He graduated from Stanford Graduate School of Business with a Master of Business Administration degree in 2001.
Jiwajirao Scindia, the last Maharaja of the princely state of Gwalior, is the grandfather of Scindia. His politician father, Madhavrao, served as a minister in Rajiv Gandhi's government. Madhavi Raje (Kiran Rajya Lakshmi Devi), his mother, is a member of Nepal's royal family. He is married to Priyadarshini Raje Scindia.
Political Career
Madhavrao Scindia, Scindia's father and a sitting MP, died in an aeroplane crash in Uttar Pradesh on September 30, 2001, leaving the Guna constituency vacant. On 18 December, he officially joined the INC and vowed to maintain the "secular, liberal and social justice values" of his dad.
By a margin of approximately 450,000 votes, he defeated his closest rival, the BJP's Desh Raj Singh Yadav, in the Guna by-election on February 24. In May of 2004, he was re-elected, and in 2007, he was appointed Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology. He was then reappointed in 2009 for a third consecutive term and became Minister of State for Commerce and Industry.
He served as the Minister of State for Communication in 2007, later as minister of state independent charge for Power in a cabinet reshuffle which drafted various more youthful politicians into the Indian cabinet, including two different scions of regal families, R. P. N. Singh and Jitendra Singh.
He was elected from Guna in 2014. He was defeated by Krishna Pal Singh Yadav for his seat in 2019. In 2019, he was designated as General Secretary in-charge for Uttar Pradesh West alongside Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.
His journey in BJP
Scinidia left Congress on March 10, 2020, citing discontent with INC leadership. After that, a statement from the Congress party said that he had been “kicked out” for "anti-party activities." On March 11, 2020, he joined the BJP. In addition to him, his other loyal MLAs quit the INC and their positions. 
This caused a political crisis in Madhya Pradesh in 2020, which in turn led to Kamal Nath's resignation as chief minister on March 23, 2020. On March 23, 2020, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Nath's successor, was sworn in as Madhya Pradesh's chief minister.
Scindia was elected as a Madhya Pradesh BJP Rajya Sabha MP on June 19, 2020. After a cabinet reshuffle in July 2021, he was appointed as the Minister of Civil Aviation in the Second Modi ministry on July 7, 2021.
He was made Prime Minister Modi's special envoy to Romania in February 2022 to oversee the evacuation of Indian citizens living in Ukraine as a result of the ongoing Russian invasion. He oversaw the efforts to evacuate students and Indian professionals through Bucharest and Suceava as part of Operation Ganga.

Scindia in other roles

Jyotiraditya Madhavrao Scindia is the chairman of the regional Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA). Scindia spoke out against corruption in Indian cricket after the spot fixing scandal in the Indian Premier League became public and Sanjay Jagdale, a member of the MPCA, resigned from his position as secretary in the Board of Control for Cricket in India.
He is the president of the Board of Governors at Scindia School, which was established in 1897 by Madho Rao Scindia, his great-grandfather. Daly College, which was established in 1870 to educate the children of the royalty, nobility, and aristocracy of the Rajputs, Marathas, Mohameddans, and Bundelas of Central India, has him as a hereditary patron. Additionally, he serves as the Madhav Institute of Technology and Science's chairman.

Activities and Achievements 
  •     2002: Elected to the 13th Lok Sabha from the Guna constituency
  •     2002: Member of Committee on Finance & Committee on External Affairs
  •     2004: Re-elected to the 14th Lok Sabha.
  •     2004: Committee on Petitions, Committee on Defence, Member of Committee on Estimates and Committee on Finance.
  •     2008: Minister of State for the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology.
  •     2009: Re-elected to the 15th Lok Sabha.
  •     2009: Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry.
  •     2012: Union Minister of State for Power.
  •     2013: Chief of the Campaign Committee, Madhya Pradesh.
  •     2021: Taken oath as the cabinet under the Modi government.
  •     2022: He assumed the position of additional incharge of the steel ministry after the resignation of RCP Singh and a day before the end of the Rajya Sabha term. 
The Indian Planning Commission selected Scindia to forestall the power blackout of July 2012 from reoccurring. July 2012 was observed by the biggest grid collapse, influencing more than 620 million individuals. In May 2013, Scindia promised that India would have the world's largest integrated grid by January 2014 if the necessary steps were taken.


Scindia lodged a legal claim over his dad’s property worth Rs 20,000 cr as the sole inheritor but that was also challenged by his aunts in the court.

In July 2017, Scindia filed a legal notice against BJP leader Nand Kumar Singh Chauhan who alleged that a hospital which the former was to visit had been ‘cleaned with Gangajal’ after its inauguration by a dalit BJP MLA Gopilal Jatav. The then Congress MP had asked Chouhan and his party to cease and desist from making and issuing 'false and malicious' statements and video clippings. BJP termed the action an insult to the dalit community. 

Net Worth 
Scindia was one of the most extravagant ministers in the UPA government with resources worth US$ 3.1 million, including Indian and foreign investment worth over US$16 crore and jewellery worth over US$5.7 crore.
Jyotiraditya Scindia, who hails from the royalty of Gwalior, announced a noteworthy total assets of Rs 2,970 crores when he contested for elections. The Jai Vilas Royal residence, his ancestral home, represents significant assets. It has around 400 rooms and covers 40 acres. While the remaining portion of this palace continues to host the royal family, a portion of it has been converted into a museum wing.
Scindia also owns 43 acres in Limban Village and 19 acres in Shrigonda, Maharashtra. His Mumbai property consists of two apartments worth Rs 31 crores in the Samudra Mahal high-rise.

Latest Updates on Jyotiraditya Scindia

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Jio's Akash Ambani, Airtel's Sunil Mittal, and Vi CEO Akshaya Moondra attend meet

Updated On : 16 Jul 2024 | 10:29 PM IST

Telecom ministry to work on actionable plan on identified issues: Scindia

The minister also met representatives of internet service providers and infrastructure committee as well as those of academia and R&D committee

Updated On : 16 Jul 2024 | 5:25 PM IST

Telecom minister to meet telcos and internet service providers on Tuesday

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Updated On : 15 Jul 2024 | 10:23 PM IST

Scindia launches NE-RACE portal, mobile app for farmers in northeast

The NERACE app is intended to support agricultural and horticultural products such as spices, fruits, vegetables, pulses, cereals, and minor forest products

Updated On : 12 Jul 2024 | 11:31 PM IST

1.2 bn phones in use, main priority to 4G network's scope in India: Scindia

Union Communications Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia on Thursday said mobile phone penetration in the country stands at 70-80 per cent of citizens and some 120 crore devices are currently in use.

Updated On : 11 Jul 2024 | 10:18 PM IST

Delhi HC dismisses plea to disqualify PM, cites petitioner's mental health

Petitioner Captain Deepak Kumar alleged PM Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and Jyotiraditya Scindia took false oaths at the beginning of their term in office and conspired against him

Updated On : 03 Jul 2024 | 2:57 PM IST

Scindia sets up six advisory panels to energise the telecom sector

The move was spearheaded by communications minister Jyotiraditya Scindia, who took charge earlier this month

Updated On : 29 Jun 2024 | 12:30 AM IST

TDP MP Kinjarapu Rammohan Naidu takes charge of civil aviation ministry

Rammohan Naidu said that one of the most important priorities will be to create an "ease of flying" scenario in civil aviation

Updated On : 13 Jun 2024 | 3:56 PM IST

Modi govt 3.0 cabinet: Jyotiraditya Scindia becomes new telecom minister

Scindia's political journey took a turn in 2020 when he resigned from the Congress party, triggering a political crisis that led to the collapse of the Kamal Nath government in Madhya Pradesh

Updated On : 10 Jun 2024 | 11:14 PM IST

Ex-Congress stalwart Jyotiraditya Scindia retains berth in Modi cabinet

In 2020, Scindia was first inducted as Union minister in the Modi government and assigned Civil Aviation portfolio after he helped the BJP topple the Congress government in Madhya Pradesh

Updated On : 09 Jun 2024 | 10:27 PM IST

Scindia's mother, Madhavi Raje, dies after suffering from pneumonia

BJP state president VD Sharma took to X to extend his condolences to the Union Minister

Updated On : 15 May 2024 | 1:57 PM IST

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Updated On : 07 May 2024 | 8:52 PM IST

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Even though Shivpuri is well-connected by roads and identified as one of the important tourist destinations of Madhya Pradesh, it has yet to fully capitalise on its tourism potential

Updated On : 07 May 2024 | 6:59 PM IST

Congress heading towards its end, facing ideological bankruptcy: Scindia

The scion of the erstwhile royal family of Gwalior severed his 18-year-long ties with the Congress in 2020 and joined the BJP

Updated On : 04 May 2024 | 9:40 AM IST

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Updated On : 04 May 2024 | 9:57 PM IST

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According to an ADR analysis of the self-sworn affidavits of all 1,352 candidates who are contesting in phase three, 244 (18 per cent) candidates have declared that they face criminal cases

Updated On : 02 May 2024 | 4:21 PM IST

Jyotiraditya Scindia looks to reclaim lost glory in former bastion Guna

Jyotiraditya lost to his former aide Krishna Pal Yadav of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) by a sizeable margin of over 125,000 votes from Guna in 2019

Updated On : 26 Apr 2024 | 11:17 PM IST

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Updated On : 21 Apr 2024 | 7:06 PM IST

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Updated On : 20 Apr 2024 | 9:33 AM IST

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