Kalraj Mishra, (72),
Constituency: Deoria (UP)
Ministry: Medium and heavy Industries
With senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi left out of the Cabinet, Kalraj Mishra’s entry was a given. Mishra, who has been BJP UP state unit president twice, is identified as a Brahmin leader, a community that has significant presence in UP. Born in 1941 in Ghazipur district, he obtained a masters degree from Kashi Vidyapeeth, Varanasi.
After his graduation in 1963, Mishra joined RSS. He began his political career by becoming vibhag sangathan mantri of Jan Sangh in 1968 and was the coordinator for eastern UP during the JP movement.
He was jailed for 19 months during the Emergency in Deoria, from where he became MP in this election.