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Syed Shahnawaz Hussain

Syed Shahnawaz Hussain


Born in a humble Muslim family of Supoul district in Bihar, Shahnawaz earned his primary education from his village only. His father was a primary school teacher and mom a home maker. He did his Diploma in Electronics Engineering from ITI, PUSA, Delhi.
Though, having no political legacy, he always aspired to join politics and was massively inspired by Late BJP stalwart and former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. He joined BJP in year 1994, the same year he had married to Renu Sharma after a long courtship.
Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had admired him for his eloquence and popularity in youth and had predicted his glorious future in politics. He contested his maiden election from the tough Kishanganj constituency in the seemanchal (frontier) region of Bihar but lost to the veteran RJD heavyweight Md Taslimuddin. Though he lost but he has made his mark as he obtained over 2 lakhs votes in this minority dominated constituency.
The very next year, the country went into the mid-term poll and Shanawaz Hussain was again fielded from the same Kisanganj seat, this time to debut in the Loksabha. He was inducted in Vajpayee government as Minister of Sports of Food Processing Industries, Sports and Youth Affairs. Later he was given the independent charge of Coal Ministry and finally in 2001 he rose up to the rank of a cabinet minister of civil aviation enroute registering the record of being the youngest cabinet minister in government of India ever. In 2003 he became the cabinet minister of textile.
In 2004, like the many BJP leaders he also lost parliamentary election from Kishanganj but in 2006 he again reached parliament as an MP by winning by-poll from Bhagalpur constituency in Bihar. Remarkably, the seat was vacated by BJP leader Susheel Kumar Modi who was sworn in as deputy chief minister in Nitish Kumar led NDA government in the state. Shahnawaz retained the seat in 2009 also but again lost to a young Shailesh Kumar of JDU by a small margin of about four thousand votes.
In 2019, he was in the fray but could not get himself ticket as a member of BJP candidate selection committee. He is the national spokesperson of BJP and has been effectively representing the party in press and media debates for decades.
In 2020 when BJP decided to move Susheel Modi to center, the party sent Shanawaz in the state. He has been elected as the member of Bihar legislative council from the same seat vacated by Junior Modi.

Personal Life

Full Name Syed Shahnawaz Hussain
Date of Birth 12 Dec 1968 (Age 54)
Place of Birth Supoul, Bihar
Party name Bharatiya Janta Party
Education Diploma in Electronics Engineering
Profession Politician
Father's Name Syed Nasir Hussain
Mother's Name Nasima Khatoon
Spouse's Name Renu Sharma
Spouse's Profession Govt. Service
Children 2 Son(s)


Permanent address House No-76, Ward No-20, Supaul District, Supaul Bihar-852131
Contact number 9013180552, 9910157547
Email syedshanawazhussainbhagalpur@gmail.com
Social Handles

Interesting Facts about Syed Shahnawaz Hussain

Syed Shahnawaz Hussain holds the record of being appointed as a cabinet minister in they youngest age.
He is often referred to as 'The Original Youth leader'.
Coincidentally he was elected two times from a seat vacated by Susheel Kumar Modi, first in 2006 from Bhagalpur and in 2020 as an MLC.

Political Timeline of Syed Shahnawaz Hussain

  • 2021
    Elected MLC in Bihar legislative council.
  • 2014
    Lost MP election from Bhagalpur Constituency.
  • 2009
    Retain the member of parliament seat from Bhagalpur constituency.
  • 2006
    Elected member of parliament in the by-poll from Bhagalpur parliamentary constituency in Bihar.
  • 2004
    Lost parliamentary election from Kishanganj constituency in Bihar.
  • 2003
    Resumed office of Cabinet Minister - Textile ministry in GOI.
  • 2001
    Became cabinet minister of civil aviation. Registered the record of being youngest cabinet minister in government of India.
  • 2000
    Became MoS (independent charge) of coal ministry.
  • 1999
    Won his first election from Kishanganj constituency by defeating Md. Taslimuddin an RJD heavyweight and debut in the parliament as the member of Lok Sabha. Inducted as the minister of food processing industry, sports and youth affairs in Atal Bihar Vajpayee led NDA government.
  • 1998
    Fought his maiden election from Kishanganj parliamentary constituency in Bihar but lost to veteran RJD leader Md. Taslmimuddin
  • 1994
    Joined BJP

Syed Shahnawaz Hussain Early Life

  • 1994
    Married to Renu Sharma
  • 1984
    Shahnawaz hussain completed his matriculation and registered for Diploma in Electronics course.


The youngest one to become a cabinet minister in government of India
Net Worth3.3 CRORE
Liabilities1.4 CRORE

Disclaimer: The information relating to the candidate is an archive based on the self-declared affidavit filed at the time of elections. The current status may be different. For the latest on the candidate kindly refer to the affidavit filed by the candidate with the Election Commission of India in the recent election.

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