HP Chaudhary, the Lok Sabha MP from Banaskantha took oath as MoS on Sunday. Chaudhary, 60, is a four time Lok Sabha MP from Gujarat.
He is a post-graduate in commerce and began his career as a diamond trader at an early age. Later, he shifted to Banaskantha to start his own business.
He is an active member of the RSS member and joined BJP during late 1980s. He has also held several key positions in the party unit in Gujarat, including the post of party's vice president in 2005.
He came to into limelight after winning 1998 Lok Sabha polls on a BJP ticket from Banaskantha, which was a Congress stronghold 16 years ago, in his first outing and was again elected in 1999.
After the death of sitting Congress MP Mukesh Gadhvi in 2013, Chaudhary won the by-elections from this seat. In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, he defeated Congress veteran Joita Patel and earned almost 58 per cent of the total votes polled.
Chaudhary was a member of several Parliamentary panels, including the Standing Committees on Finance, Chemicals and Fertilizer, Agriculture and Commerce, during his stint as an MP.