Pankaj Chowdhary is an Indian politician and a Member of Parliament (MP) from the Lok Sabha constituency of Maharajganj in the state of Uttar Pradesh. He is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Pankaj Chowdhary defeated his nearest rival Kashi Nath Shukla of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) by a margin of more than 2.4 lakh votes. Throughout his political career, Pankaj has focused on the upliftment of the poor and Dalit people. He has been associated with various social projects that seek to provide equal opportunities to the marginalized sections of the society. He has arranged for the necessary financial support to reach the handicapped, old widows and daughters from poor families. He is also committed to the cause of environmental protection.
Early Life and Education
Pankaj Chowdhary was born on November 20, 1964 to Shri Bhagwati Prasad Chaudhary and Smt. Ujjwal Chaudhary. He was born in Gorakhpur in the state of Uttar Pradesh. He has completed his B.A. from Gorakhpur University, Gorakhpur (Uttar Pradesh). He married Bhagya Shree Chaudhary on June 11, 1990.
- 1989-91: Member, Municipal Corporation, Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh
- 1990-91: Deputy Mayor, Municipal Corporation, Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh
- 1991: Member, Working Committee, Bharatiya Janata Party (B.J.P.)
- 1991: Elected to 10th Lok Sabha
- 1996: Re-elected to 11th Lok Sabha (2nd term)
- 1998: Re-elected to 12th Lok Sabha (3rd term)
- 2004: Re-elected to 14th Lok Sabha (4th term)
- May 2014: Re-elected to 16th Lok Sabha (5th term)
- 14 Aug. 2014 – 30 April 2016: Member, Committee on Public Undertakings
- 1 Sep. 2014 onwards: Member, Standing Committee on Science & Technology, Environment & Forests; Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Rural Development, Panchayati Raj and Drinking Water and Sanitation
- 19 Oct. 2016 onwards: Member, Standing Committee on Chemicals and Fertilizers
Pankaj Chowdhary likes to visit places of historical importance and watch cultural programs. He likes to listen to the latest news from around the world and read books by renowned writers. He also has interest in sports and among his favorites are shooting, badminton and carrom.