Hometown: Begariya Village, Kakori, Lucknow Wife: Jai Devi Kaushal Age: 63 Years
|Profession(s)||Politician and Social Activist|
|Political Party||• Communist Party of India (CPI) (until 2001)
• Rashtrawadi Communist Party (2002 – 2013)
|Political Journey||• Joined CPI
• Contested 1989 UP Assembly elections from the Malihabad constituency in 1989 but lost
• Contested UP Assembly elections in 1991 from the Malihabad constituency but lost
• Contested UP Assembly by-elections in 1993 from the Malihabad constituency but lost
• Contested Lok Sabha elections from Mohanlalganj constituency and lost (1998)
• Contested UP Legislative Assembly elections in 2002 from the Malihabad constituency and won
• Member of the UP Legislative Assembly (2002 – 2007)
• Founded Rashtravadi Communist Party (2002)
• Became Labour Minister in the UP government (2003 – 2004)
• Contested Lok Sabha elections from Mohanlalganj constituency and lost (2004)
• Contested the UP Legislative Assembly from the Malihabad constituency and lost (2007)
• Contested the UP Legislative Assembly from the Malihabad constituency and lost (2012)
• Joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (2013 – present)
• Contested the 2014 Lok Sabha elections from the Mohanlalganj constituency and won
• Contested the 2019 Lok Sabha elections from the Mohanlalganj constituency and won
• Became Union Minister of State in the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (7 July 2021 – present)
|Date of Birth||25 January 1960 (Monday)|
|Age (as of 2023)||63 Years|
|Birthplace||Begariya, Kakori, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh|
|Hometown||Begariya Village, Kakori, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh|
|School||Kalicharan Inter College, Lucknow|
|College/University||Shiya Degree College, Lucknow|
|Educational Qualification||B.Sc (1979) Kaushal Kishore – Myneta|
|Caste/Community||Schedule Caste from Pasi community NDTV|
|Address||Village Baigaria, P.O. Baravankala, Kakori, Lucknow – -226101, Uttar Pradesh|
|Controversies||• Allegations by Kishore’s daughter-in-law: In March 2021, Ayush Kishore, son of Kaushal Kishore, was shot at by some unknown assailants. He claimed that his wife Ankita and her brother were responsible for the attack. The police later said that Ayush had conspired against his wife and that the attempt on his life was a part of his plan. Later, Ankita uploaded a video on social media in which she claimed that she is ending her life because of her husband, Kaushal Kishore, and Jai Devi. She later went to her in-law’s house and slit her wrist after which she was admitted to the hospital and was saved by the doctors. Kaushal, however, did not say much in his defence, but he claimed that the family was not happy with Ayush’s marriage to Ankita as it was a love marriage. He also said that the family had nothing to do with Ayush and Ankita. The Times of India In June 2021, after Ankita went missing, her father Ashish Singh accused Ayush and Kaushal of kidnapping her. He also claimed that after Ankita got kidnapped, she messaged her family and told them that she was kidnapped by Ayush’s brother Vikas and his friend Armaan Gazi. The police, however, said that Ankita’s family had not filed a missing complaint and saw it as a conspiracy against Kaushal and his family. Kaushal defended himself by calling the allegations false and baseless. ABP News
• Remarks on the Shraddha Walker case: In November 2022, after the gruesome murder of Shraddha Walker in New Delhi, Kishore Kaushal attracted controversy after giving a statement and said that educated girls must take a lesson from the “uneducated girls” and should refrain from entering a live-in relationship. He further held Shraddha responsible for her murder and urged the girls in India to get married to a groom of their parent’s choice. After the statement, Priyanka Chaturvedi, a Shiv Sena leader, requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to sack Kaushal for his “heartless and cruel” remarks on Shraddha Walker. Zee News In his statement, Kaushal said,
|Relationships & More|
|Marriage Date||24 April 1984|
|Wife/Spouse||Jai Devi Kaushal (MLA in UP Legislative Assembly)|
• Akash Kishore (deceased)
• Ayush Kishore
• Vikas Kishore (BJP’s regional vice president of Awardh region scheduled front)
• Prabhat Kishore (politician)
|Parents||Father– Kallu Prashad (farmer)
Mother– Parvati Devi (deceased; homemaker)
|Siblings||Brother– Mahavir Prasad (elder; deceased)|
|Car Collection||• Toyota Innova Crysta
• Mahindra Scorpio
• Cash: Rs. 85,000
• Bank Deposits: Rs. 1,77,380
• Insurance Policies: Rs. 4,05,000
• Motor Vehicles: Rs. 31,30,522
|Net Worth (approx.)||Rs. 3,96,97,902 (as of 2019) Kaushal Kishore – Myneta|
Some Lesser Known facts About Kaushal Kishore
- Kaushal Kishore is an Indian politician and social activist. On 7 July 2021, the Indian government made him Minister of State for the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.
- Kaushal Kishore began his political journey in 1989 when he contested the UP Legislative Assembly elections from the Malihabad constituency, reserved for the Scheduled Castes, in Lucknow as a Communist Party of India (CPI) candidate. He lost the elections to Jagdish Chandra, a Janta Dal candidate. In the elections, Kaushal secured only 1800 votes.
- In 1991, Kaushal contested as a CPI candidate in the UP Legislative elections from the Malihabad constituency. He, however, lost the elections to Ashok Kumar of the Janata Dal. In the elections, Kaushal received 37,808 votes.
- Kaushal Kishore, as a CPI candidate, contested the 1993 UP Legislative Assembly elections from the Malihabad constituency. In the elections, Kaushal was defeated by Gauri Shankar, a Samajwadi Party candidate, by a margin of 6,418 votes.
- In 1998, he contested the general elections on CPI’s ticket from the Mohanganj constituency. He received 39,273 votes but lost the elections.
- In 2001, Kaushal was expelled from the Communist Party of India (CPI).
- In 2002, Kaushal Kishore contested the UP Legislative Assembly election as an independent candidate against Gauri Shankar. In the elections, Kaushal defeated Gauri by a margin of 25,535 votes.
- From 2002 to 2007, Kaushal Kishore served as a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA).
- Kaushal Kishore established his political party Rashtrawadi Communist Party (RCP) in 2002.
- In 2003, after Mulayam Singh Yadav became the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Kaushal Kishore was appointed as a Minister of Labour since he independently became an MLA. He, however, resigned as the minister in 2004 due to disagreements between him and Mulayam.
- In 2004, on Rashtrawadi Communist Party’s ticket, Kaushal Kishore contested the Lok Sabha elections from the Mohanlalganj constituency, reserved for candidates from Scheduled Castes. He did not win the elections and received a total of 28,757 votes.
- In 2007, he contested the legislative assembly elections from RCP in UP from the Malihabad constituency. Kaushal lost the elections but managed to secure a total of 40,270.
- On a ticket from the Rashtrawadi Communist Party, Kaushal Kishore contested the 2009 by-elections held in the Malihabad constituency and lost.
- In 2012, Kaushal contested the UP Assembly elections from the Malihabad constituency on a ticket from the Rashtrawadi Communist Party. In the elections, he emerged as a runner-up candidate with a total of 60,567, while Indal Kumar from the Samajwadi Party emerged victorious and received 62,782 votes.
- Before joining the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in 2013, Kaushal amalgamated Rashtrawadi Communist Party with the BJP.
- Later, Kaushal became the State President of the BJP’s SC wing.
- In 2014, he contested the Lok Sabha elections from the Mohanlalganj constituency on BJP’s ticket and received 4,55,274 votes. He defeated R. K. Chaudhary, a BSP candidate, by a margin of 1,45,416 votes.
- From 1 September 2014 to 31 August 2018, Kaushal Kishore served as a member of the Standing Committee of Home Affairs, and the Consultative Committee of and Ministry of Labour and Employment.
- From 1 September 2018 to 25 May 2019, he served as a member of the Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law, and Justice.
- Kaushal was re-elected as the Member of the Parliament in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections from the Mohanlalganj constituency. In the elections, Kaushal defeated C. L. Verma, a Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) candidate, by a margin of 90,229 votes.
- On 7 July 2021, Kaushal became the Union Minister of State of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.
Kaushal Kishore taking oath as the Minister of State of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs
- In the same year, Kaushal demanded fresh investigations into the 2008 Malegaon Blasts after a witness accused the Mumbai Police’s Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) of forcing him to name Yogi Adityanath and RSS as conspirators of the bomb blasts.
- After his son Akash Kishore died on 19 October 2020 due to alcohol abuse, Kaushal Kishore started an anti-drug campaign named Nasha Mukt Samaj Andolan-Abhiyan Kaushal Ka with the intent of spreading awareness about the ill effects of intoxication. He launched another anti-drug campaign named Hindustaniyo Nasha Chodo in August 2022. Talking about the campaign, Kaushal told the media,
I lost my son (Aakash Kishore) to alcohol in October 2020 and after that I pledged to make India drugs free. Then I started a campaign and so far 18 lakh people have pledged to not do drugs and 10,000 have stopped using drugs as well. Despite myself being an MP and my wife an MLA, we could not save him. While poison kills instantly, any such addiction like alcohol and substance abuse kills a person very slowly. We need to protect those who have not yet become addict to liquor or other substances. As India is celebrating Azadi Ka Amrit Mohastuv, we have decided to launch another anti drug campaign ‘Hindustaniyo Nasha Chodo’ on August 9 at Delhi University’s Sports Complex.”
Akash Kishore’s obituary
- After the death of his elder brother Mahavir Prasad during the second wave of COVID-19, Kaushal Kishore criticised the Yogi Adityanath-led UP government over the management of the pandemic in the state.
|↑1, ↑6, ↑7||Kaushal Kishore – Myneta|
|↑3||The Times of India|