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Before Harsh Sanghvi, who else became Gujarat minister at a young age? Know more

  • Vipul Chaudhary became Home minister at the age of 30

Manoj K Karia, Ahmedabad: The new Gujarat Cabinet, helmed by Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel, was sworn in on September 16. The BJP had earlier announced that no minister from the previous Cabinet would be repeated, but that the scales would be tilted heavily in favour of ‘green horns’ was a surprise few could conceal.

With the exception of three, everyone else (including CM Bhupendra Patel himself) is a first-time minister. That makes 22 of them.

The next round of surprises came when the portfolios were allocated. Majura MLA Harsh Sanghvi, the youngest of the lot, got the all-important Home department. He has been inducted as the Minister of State (independent charge). He got the portfolio at just 36 years of age.

Besides Home, Sanghvi also got Sports, Youth Affairs and Cultural Activities and Disaster Management. However, he is not the youngest or the only young minister Gujarat has ever had.

In last 30 years, four MLAs became ministers in the Gujarat Cabinet at a very young age. These are Vipul Chaudhary, Naresh Rawal, Narhari Amin and Amit Shah. All of them have been MPs from Gujarat in Rajya Sabha. Late Haren Pandya’s name, too, is on the list.

Vipul Chaudhary (born November 1966) was named Minister of State (independent charge) in the Shankarsinh Vaghela government in 1996. He was given the charge of Home and Energy. At that time, he was just 30 years old.

Naresh Rawal (born November 11, 1959) was the Parliamentary Secretary in the Madhavsinh Solanki government in 1989. He was 29 at that time. He was named Minister of State in the Chimanbhai Patel government in 1992 at the age of 32, he became Industries minister. He was given the charge of Home in 1993 at the age of 33

He has another record to his name. The minimum age requirement to be an MLA is 25. When Naresh Rawal became the MLA in 1985, he was 25 years and 10 days old. He defeated Atmaram kaka (Parmar). The matter of his age had even reached the High Court and Supreme Court

Narhari Amin (Born June 1955), who is currently an MP from Gujarat in Rajya Sabha,  became Minister of State for Home and Sports, Youth and Cultural Affairs  in the Chimanbhai Patel-led Janata Dal-BJP coalition government in 1990.

After that, Chimanbhai Patel had broken off from the coalition and with the help of Congress formed a new government. He gave Amin the charge of Urban Development and Urban Housing Department. After Patel’s demise, Amin and CD Patel were given the post of Deputy CM in the Chhabildas Mehta government. Currently, Amin is with BJP.

Late Haren Pandya (born August, 1961) became minister of state at the age of 36. The BJP MLA had been given the charge of Home department in 1998 in the Cabinet of then Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel.

Current Union Home Minister Amit Shah (born October 1964) became the minister of state for Home in Narendra Modi government in 2002 at the age of 38.

The then Shahpur Congress MLA, late Jiitubhai Shah, too had once held the post of Home minister at a young age. However, the age at which he became minister could not be confirmed



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