An ambitious, charismatic leader
Anupriya Patel is an Indian politician and a Member of Parliament (LokSabha). She is a member of Apna Dal, a political party active in the State of Uttar Pradesh and focused majorly on political and social activities in the Varanasi-Mirzapur region. Anupriya has inherited her political legacy from her father, late Dr. SoneLal Patel, a politician belonging to the backward Kurmi caste. Anupriya’s father was earlier associated with the BahujanSamajParty (BSP), but later he launched his own political party, Apna Dal, in 1995. Anupriya is a charismatic and ambitious politician and under her leadership, Apna Dal has been able to reach new milestones in the State of Uttar Pradesh and at the national level as well.
Early Life and Education
Anupriya Patel was born in Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh) on April 28, 1981 to SoneLal Patel and Krishna Patel. Her academic qualifications include B.A. and MBA (Educated at Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University and ChhatrapatiShahujiMaharaj University, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh). She got married on Sep 27, 2009 to Ashish Kumar Singh, an aspiring politician.
Anupriya entered the political mainstream after her father’s untimely demise in a car accident in October 2009. After her father’s death, her mother Krishna Patel took charge of Apna Dal. Anupriya also joined the party as its General Secretary and established her credibility as a successful leader when she won the assembly seat from Rohaniya (constituency near Varanasi), in the 2012 Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly Election. At that time, her party had tie-ups with local parties, but later the party forged an alliance with the BharatiyaJanata Party, becoming a part of NDA (National Democratic Alliance).
2012 – 2014 – Member, Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly
May, 2014 – Elected as MP, 16thLokSabha
- 1 Sep 2014 – 5 July 2016
- Member, Committee on Empowerment of Women
- Member, Standing Committee on Petroleum and Natural Gas
- Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways and Shipping
- 12 Sep 2014 – 5 July 2016 – Member, Committee on Welfare of Other Backward Classes
- 27 April 2015 – 20 Sep 2016 – Member, Railway Convention Committee (R.C.C.)
- 5 July 2016 onwards – Union Minister of State, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
One of Anupriya’s major interests is reading, as she seeks to improve her knowledge on various topics. As a social worker, she remains focused on providing the necessary help to people belonging to backward and tribal communities.