Rajyavardhan Rathore

Rajyavardhan Rathore is a silver-medal winning Olympian and a minister in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's cabinet. He is a BJP parliamentarian from Jaipur Rural and is seeking a second term in the 2019 national election.

The shooting champion was a Colonel in the Indian Army. He took voluntary retirement in 2013 and joined the BJP in 2013.

He made his electoral debut in the 2014 national election and defeated senior Congress leader CP Joshi in Jaipur Rural by a margin of 3.32 lakh votes.

This election, Rajyavardhan Rathore, 49, faces another Olympian in his constituency: Krishna Poonia of the Congress. Ms Poonia, 36, is the first Indian woman track-and-field athlete to win a gold medal at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games.

Both of them entered politics in the same year - 2013.

Rajyavardhan Rathore, who won a silver medal for India at the 2004 Athens Olympics, won gold at the Commonwealth Games at Manchester in 2002 and Melbourne in 2006. In the four years, he won 25 medals at various international championships.

Along with Kiren Rijiju, the Olympian is known to be the fitness enthusiast in PM Modi's cabinet. His fitness challenge video went viral last year, and was taken up by celebrities, sportsmen and politicians including the Prime Minister.

He will rely on votes from the Rajput and Baniya communities to retain his seat, while the Congress will hope to corner ballots from the Muslim and SC/ST communities. He is also is banking on the Narendra Modi factor and highlighted national security as the key issue in his campaigns.

Jaipur Rural also has a significant Jat population to whom his Congress rival belongs. The community had voted for Mr Rathore and is likely to play a key role in deciding the poll outcome.

Mr Rathore, who was born in the desert town of Jaisalmer in Rajasthan, is married to Dr Gayatri Rathore. The couple has a son.

Rajyavardhan Rathore
Rajyavardhan Rathore
Jaipur Rural
Won8,20,132 votes*
Movable Assets 9.6 crore
Immovable Assets 3.2 crore
Total Assets 12.8 crore
Income 88.8 lakh
*Data source: ADR

Other details

Place of BirthJaisalmer, Rajasthan
Special InterestsSports; Social Service
Favourite Pastime and RecreationSports
Sports and Clubs25 International Medals for Double Trap Shooting including Olympics Silver at Athens (2004); Awarded Arjuna Award and Khel Ratna Award Gold Medal at Commonwealth Games 2002, Manchester; A Gold and Silver at CWG 2006, Melborne; Silver and Bronze at Asian Games, Doha, 2006; and World Record holder 20011 - 148/150 (certified by International Shooting Sports Federation)
Countries VisitedWidely Travelled Visited several Countries as part of Indian Shooting Team, and as special Envoy of the Hon`ble Prime Minister and as Minister of State

Positions Held

May, 2014Elected to 16th Lok Sabha
1 Sep. 2014 - 9 Nov. 2014Member, Standing Committee on Defence
9 Nov. 2014 - 3 Sept. 2017Union Minister of State, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting
3 Sept. 2017 - 14 May 2018Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports; and Union Minister of State, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting
14 May 2018 onwardsMinister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports; and Union Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of Information and Broadcasting
*Data source: LS

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