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Kiren Rijiju, BJP's Giant Slayer in Arunachal, Replaces Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore in Youth Affairs and Sports Ministry

Rijiju successfully retained Arunachal West seat in 2019 Lok Sabha elections. He defeated Congress candidate and two times former chief minister Nabam Tuki with a huge margin of 1,67,132 votes.

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Updated:May 31, 2019, 5:18 PM IST
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Kiren Rijiju, BJP's Giant Slayer in Arunachal, Replaces Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore in Youth Affairs and Sports Ministry
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New Delhi: Former Union Minister Kiren Rijiju has retained his position as a minister in the Narendra Modi's new cabinet. Rijiju, will now serve as a Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs & Sports. He will also serve as a Minister of State in the Ministry of Minority Affairs along with Cabinet Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. The Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports was previously held by Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore.

Rijiju successfully retained Arunachal West seat in 2019 Lok Sabha elections. He defeated Congress candidate and two times former chief minister Nabam Tuki with a huge margin of 1,67,132 votes that equates to 48.8 per cent vote share. Rijiju got total 2,16,494 votes (63.02 per cent vote share) while Tuki got just 49,362 votes (14.22 per cent).

48-year-old Rijiju has been elected from Arunachal West for second consecutive time.

In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Rijiju won this seat by defeating the Congress candidate Takam Sanjoy by a margin of 41,738 votes which was 12.43% of the total votes polled in the constituency. The BJP had a vote share of 50.46 per cent, while the Congress got 38.0 per cent.

In the 2009 general elections, Rijiju was defeated by a very thin margin of 1,314 votes by Congress's Takam

Rijiju became the union minister in 2014 after the BJP gained a massive victory in the Lok Sabha polls. He was elected as MP from Arunachal West which is fourth largest parliamentary constituency.

He graduated in law from the University of Delhi. He is one of the most iconic political leaders from Arunachal Pradesh and Northeast India in recent times.

He served as a member of Khadi and Village Industries Commission from 2000 to 2005 at very young age of 29.

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