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Sachin Pilot

Sachin Pilot

Sachin Pilot

Sachin Pilot (born 7 September 1977) is an Indian politician who is currently serving as the deputy chief minister of Rajasthan and as President of the Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee. A member of the Congress party, he has represented the Tonk assembly seat in Rajasthan since 2018. He was previously a member of the Indian Parliament for the Ajmer and Dausa constituencies of Rajasthan, becoming the youngest member of parliament when he was elected from the latter seat in 2004, aged 26. He was also the Minister of Corporate Affairs in the Second Manmohan Singh ministry.

Pilot was born in Saharanpur city of Uttar Pradesh. He is the son of the late Congress leader Rajesh Pilot and Rama Pilot. His father was a Union minister of India. His ancestral village is Vaidpura in Noida.

He studied at Air Force Bal Bharati School, New Delhi, and holds a B.A. from St. Stephens College, University of Delhi, a diploma in marketing from I.M.T. Ghaziabad and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA.

He was employed with the Delhi Bureau of the British Broadcasting Corporation and then with American multinational corporation General Motors for two years.

Sachin Pilot married Sara Abdullah on 15 January 2004. Sara Abdullah is the daughter of Farooq Abdullah, chairman of Jammu & Kashmir National Conference and ex-Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir. Together they have two sons, Aaran and Vehaan.

He is the son of a senior politician Rajesh Pilot. Pilot was a member of the Lok Sabha’s Standing Committee on Home Affairs and member of the Consultative Committee in the Ministry of Civil Aviation.

In the 2009 Lok Sabha elections, he defeated the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Kiran Maheshwari by a margin of 76,000 votes and won the seat of Ajmer.

In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, he was again nominated from the Ajmer constituency and was defeated by a margin of 1,71,983 votes by Bharatiya Janata Party’s sitting MLA Sanwarlal Jat.

In the 2018 Legislative Assembly elections, Pilot won from the Tonk seat, after defeating Yunus Khan by a margin of 54,179 votes. On 17 December 2018, he was sworn in as Deputy Chief Minister of Rajasthan under Ashok Gehlot.

Sachin Pilot on 6 September 2012 became the first Union minister of India to be commissioned as an officer in the Territorial Army (India), fulfilling his desire to follow his father’s footsteps to be in the armed forces. He is therefore known as Lieutenant Pilot for being an officer in the Territorial Army (India). After being commissioned he said, “This has been my desire to join the army for very long as I wanted to have my links with the armed forces, like my father and grandfather. I am honoured to be part of this family.”

He has written a book tiled ‘Rajesh Pilot: In Spirit Forever’, co-authored with sister Sarika Pilot.

[Source : Wikipedia]

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