Age: 60 Years
Hometown: Ranikhet, Uttarakhand
Wife: Pushpa Bhatt
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 175 cm
in meters- 1.75 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 9”
|Political Party||Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
|Political Journey||• Ajay began his political journey in 1980.
• He became the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) and BJP Executive Council district head in Uttarakhand in 1985.
• Soon, he was made the state president of BJP Uttarakhand.
• He contested and won the 1996 Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly election from Ranikhet constituency by a margin of 30,241 votes against Ranjeet Singh of the Indian National Congress (INC).
• He was a member of the Public Accounts Committee and CPA in the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly from 1996 to 2000.
• He was the Chairman of Committee of Privileges in the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly from 1996 to 2000.
• He was the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Health, and Disaster Exercise in the Government of Uttarakhand from 2001 to 2002.
• He was elected from the Ranikhet constituency in the 2002 Uttarakhand Legislative Assembly election, the 1st Vidhan Sabha (Legislative Assembly) election of the state, by a margin of 10,199 votes against the INC leader Pooran Singh.
• Ajay contested and lost the 2007 Uttarakhand Legislative Assembly election from Ranikhet to the INC leader Karan Mahara.
• He chaired the National Rural Health Mission in the Uttarakhand Government from 2009 to 2011.
• Ajay contested and won the 2012 Uttarakhand Legislative Assembly election from the Ranikhet constituency by a margin of 14,089 votes against Karan Mahara.
• Ajay was the Leader of the Opposition in the 3rd Uttarakhand Assembly from 2012 to 2017.
• He was appointed as the President of BJP Uttarakhand in 2015.
• He contested and won the 2019 Indian general election in Uttarakhand from Nainital–Udhamsingh Nagar by the margin of 3,39,096 votes against the INC leader and former Chief Minister of Uttarakhand Harish Rawat. On 23 May 2019, he assumed his office as a Lok Sabha member.
• He was a member of the Standing Committee on Defence and Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in the Parliament of India from September 2019 to July 2021.
• He was also a member of the Committee on Subordinate Legislation in October 2019, the Joint Committee on the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019 in December 2019, and the Estimate committee in May 2020 in the Parliament of India.
• He was appointed as the Minister of State for Tourism and Minister of State for Defence on 7 July 2021.
|Biggest Rival||Harish Rawat Business Standard|
|Date of Birth||1 May 1961 (Monday)|
|Age (as of 2021)||60 Years|
|Birthplace||Ranikhet, Uttar Pradesh (now in Uttarakhand)|
|College/University||Constituent College in Almora of Kumaun University|
|Educational Qualification||BA LLB (1984) Ministry of Tourism|
|Controversies||• In August 2016, Ajay Bhatt, who was then the BJP Uttarakhand president, threw insults at Congress, stating that without taking drinks, Himalayan priests could not recite mantras. His remarks created outrage amongst pandits in Uttarakhand. The then Congress Uttarakhand chief Kishore Upadhyaya, in response to the statement, issued a media release and alleged that Bhatt had hurt the sentiments of people. Upadhyay wrote,
"From times immemorial, people of the region have shared a bond of brotherhood without any discrimination, but such comments not only hurt a particular caste but also creates differences among people. This was not for which we had fought for a separate state. Bhatt does not deserve to remain in the key position after this controversial statement, which reflects his mindset."
Mathura Dutt, another senior Congress leader in Uttarakhand, condemned Bhatt in an interview and said, The Times of India
"It is not about the vote bank, our election campaign will be on the work done by our party. BJP has a reputation of creating differences among people for political gains, which has been yet again proved by Bhatt’s statement."
• In November 2018, after Uttarakhand's local civic body elections came to an end, Trivendra Singh Rawat (the then Uttarakhand Chief Minister) and Ajay Bhatt (the then BJP Uttarakhand president) indulged in an altercation over the hosting of the winter assembly sessions at Gairsain. Bhatt wanted that session should be put on hold until the required infrastructure was constructed; whereas, Rawat believed that it was upon the Uttarakhand government to decide the whereabouts of the session. In an interview, Ajay said,
"There is no controversy. Even last time I had to struggle till midnight to get accommodation at Gairsain. It is my personnel opinion that till all required infrastructure is created at Gairsain, we should not host assembly session there."
According to Rawat,
"It is the work of the government to decide where to host assembly session."
Seeing their continuous quarrel, the BJP high command was displeased. Several reports claimed that the party had summoned both (Bhatt and Rawat) in Delhi. The Statesman
• During a Lok Sabha session in July 2019, Ajay Bhatt claimed that the water from Garud Gangar (a river in Bageshwar, Uttarakhand), if drank by a pregnant woman, could avoid C-section. He further claimed that if a person was bitten by snakes or other poisonous animal, by rubbing the stones from the river on wounds, the would would be cured and save lives. In his speech in Lok Sabha, he said,
"Someone from Kakdighat, where Swami Vivekananda meditated, told me that he was scared to enter his house because a snake was stuck in the rat trap. The family was afraid of being bitten by a snake. I told them that a saint from their village has stone from the banks of the Garur Ganga river and they should bring it to their house. Within minutes, the snake that was trapped in their house for over a week crawled out. Rub the stone of Garur Ganga, mix it with water and make the patient drink it. There will be no need for caesarean deliveries."
Several doctors and opposition leaders questioned his statement and stated that if it were possible, no doctors would be needed in the country. The Times of India After he was condemned for his statement, Bhatt demanded a scientific study to verify his claims in Lok Sabha. OrissaPost
• In June 2020, Ajay Bhatt gave a statement regarding the dissolvement of Uttarakhand Char Dham Devasthanam Management Board. Many opposition leaders were enraged by his statement, and they called him out for deceiving the public as the decision about the board should either be taken in the high court or the legislative assembly. Hindustan
|Relationships & More|
|Marriage Date||28 February 1986|
|Wife/Spouse||Pushpa Bhatt (former judge and advocate general for the High Court of Uttarakhand, Nainital)|
|Children||He has three daughters and a son.|
|Parents||Father- Kamalapati Bhatt
Mother- Tulsi Devi Bhatt
|Car Collection||Swift Dezire|
|Salary (approx.)||Rs. 5.53 Lakh MyNeta|
|Assets/Properties||Movable (as of 2019): Rs. 1.56 crore (approx.) MyNeta
Immovable (as of 2019): Rs. 40.44 lakh (approx.) (including agricultural and non-agricultural lands) MyNeta
|Net Worth (approx.)||Rs. 1.97 crore (as of 2019) MyNeta|
Some Lesser Known Facts About Ajay Bhatt
- Ajay Bhatt is an Indian politician who is a member of Lok Sabha from Nainital–Udhamsingh Nagar, Uttarakhand. He is the incumbent Minister of State in the Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Tourism in India.
- When he was a child, he is father died due to which he had to go through many struggles while growing up.
- From a very young age, he became a part of the Hindu nationalist organisation Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).
- While studying in college, he was a member of the student wing of RSS, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad.
- After completing his graduation, he worked as a lawyer for some time and then switched to politics.
- In his initial days as a politician, he was also a part of the Ram Janmabhoomi movement and was arrested twice during the movement. He was also a part of the Uttarakhand’s struggle for statehood and was a member of the Uttaranchal Samyukt Sangharsh Samiti; he was arrested once during this movement.
- While serving in the Uttarakhand Council of Ministers as the Minister of Health, he banned government doctors’ private practice.
- As a member of the legislative assembly of Uttar Pradesh, he travelled to Canada, Australia, England, Thailand, and the United States.
- His slogan for the 2012 Uttarakhand Legislative Assembly Election was-
Sabki ek hi ratt..Ajay Bhatt..Ajay Bhatt”
- His name has often surfaced as the chief ministerial candidate for Uttarakhand. His name emerged for the CM post when Trivendra Singh Rawat was replaced by Tirath Singh Rawat, and when Tirath was replaced by Pushkar Singh Dhami.
- As of 2021, Ajay is serving as a member of Nagrik Surakshya Parishad, Rashtriya Gramothan Parishad, and Uttranchal Harijan Shilp Kala Uttan. He is the president of the Co-Operative Drug Factory Ranikhet.
- He is also a member of the Ranikhet Club in Ranikhet and the Constitution Club of India in New Delhi.
- In November 2019, under the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana, Ajay adopted the Jangalia Gaon village near Bhimtal, Uttarakhand. According to the scene, every member of parliament must choose a village from their constituencies to turn them into a model village. Almost a year later, media houses reported that the village adopted by Bhatt still lacked basic facilities roads, health, education, and drinking water. Amar Ujala
- He was tested positive for coronavirus and was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, in December 2020.
- On 22 July 2021, in Lok Sabha, he introduced the Essential Defence Services Bill, 2021, a bill allowing the central government to forbid strikes, lockouts, and layoffs in units that come under essential defence services. The New Indian Express The bill was passed on Lok Sabha on 3 August 2021 and Rajya Sabha on 5 August 2021 while the opposition protested and sloganeered over the Pegasus snooping case, farm laws, and price rise.
- Two of his nephews, Liladhar Bhatt and Tarun Bhatt, are in politics. Where Liladhar is a member of the Indian National Congress (INC), Tarun is a Bharatiya Janata Party member.
- In the field of politics, he was most inspired by the senior BJP leader and former member of the Lok Sabha Murli Manohar Joshi.
- Ajay Bhatt takes interest in reading literature, newspapers, history books, and spiritual books like Ramayana and Vedas. He also engages himself in writing and discourses.