Who is Kirit Somaiya?
Dr. Kirit Somaiya (born 12 February 1954) is an Indian politician of the Bharatiya Janata Party who represented Mumbai North-East in the 16th Lok Sabha and the 13th Lok Sabha. He is currently appointed as vice president of BJP’s Maharashtra unit.
BJP leader Kirit Somaiya detained at railway station ahead of Kolhapur visit
Kirit Somaiya, a senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and former Lok Sabha member, was detained early on Monday at Karad railway station in Maharashtra’s Satara district and later taken to the Circuit House by Mumbai Police.
Somaiya was scheduled to Kolhapur later in the day to prove his allegations of corruption against minister Hasan Mushrif, an MLA from Kagal in the western Maharashtra district.
The Kolhapur district collector had issued prohibitory orders against him and imposed restrictions under Section 144 of the Indian Penal Code, prohibiting gatherings on September 20 and 21.
Collector Rahul Rekhawar said Somaiya had been prohibited from entering the district “in view of the threat to his life and possibility of law and order situation due to his visit”.
Kirit Somaiya Biography, Wiki
Somaiya was born and brought up in Mumbai in a middle–class family. He married Medha Somaiya and they have one son.
Somaiya’s son Neil has also joined BJP and he is Municipal Councillor from Ward 108 Mulund.
He graduated as a Chartered accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) in 1979 and also secured a rank in the All India Merit List. He was conferred with a Doctorate from the Mumbai University in 2005 – “PhD in Finance – Capital Market – Small Investors Protection.” He is credited with submitting one of the longest thesis of 1,202 pages which was submitted in 2 volumes.
A Chartered Accountant by profession, Kirit Somaiya forayed into politics during the student activists movement in 1975. Somaiya took part in the Jayaprakash Narayan movement and later joined the BJP. He was elected the MLA from Mulund in 1991 where he introduced significant Acts in the Maharashtra Assembly.
Later he was elected to serve in the Parliament from Mumbai-North-East in 1999 and is serving his second term in the 16th Lok Sabha from the same constituency.
|Full Name||Dr Kirit Somaiya|
|Born||12 February 1954 (age 67)|
Bombay, Bombay State, India
|Political party||Bharatiya Janata Party|
|Spouse(s)||Dr Medha Somaiya|
|Alma mater||Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (Chartered Accountants)|
University of Mumbai (PhD in Finance)
Kirit Somaiya Career
Kirit Somaiya was motivated by his mother during his childhood to serve the country and he decided to enter into politics and concentrate on finance and economic issues at a young age.
As a student activist, Kirit took part in the Jayaprakash Narayan movement in 1975 when a State of National Emergency was declared in the country. Later on, he joined the BJP and represented the Mulund Constituency of the Maharashtra Assembly and the Mumbai North-East Lok Sabha Constituency.
In 1995, Dr Kirit Somaiya contested the Maharashtra Assembly elections and got elected from the Mulund assembly where he won by a margin of 43,527 votes. As an M.L.A., he got 2 major Acts passed in the Maharashtra Assembly – Small Investors’ Protection Act of Maharashtra, Repealing Coroners Court (Post Mortem) Act and introduced the Housing Society Conveyance Bill.
In the 1999 Lok Sabha election, Somaiya defeated the incumbent Gurudas Kamat of the Indian National Congress by a margin of 7,276 votes. As a parliamentarian, he submitted the maximum number of petitions to the parliament, i.e. 11 (out of 27 total petitions presented in 13th Lok Sabha) during his tenure in Lok Sabha which was the highest number of petitions submitted by any MP in the history of Indian Parliament. He was an extremely active member of the house where during his tenure he raised a total of 832 questions in the house on several issues.
On 27 February 2014, the BJP announced its first list of candidates for the 2014 Lok Sabha Elections and Somaiya was fielded as the BJP candidate from Mumbai North East. He defeated the incumbent Sanjay Dina Patil of the Sharad Pawar led Nationalist Congress Party by a large margin of 317,122 votes.
Scams Exposed By Kirit Somaiya
List of the scams Somaiya has exposed /pursued are:
- NSEL Scam
- Coal mining scam
- Maharashtra Sadan Scam
- Adarsh Scam
- Wheat Scam
- Demat Scam
- Maharashtra Irrigation Scam
Kirit Somaiya Social Contributions
As a People’s Activist, Dr Kirit Somaiya has made several contributions, both Social and political in nature. He founded the NGO “Yuvak Pratishthan” which has been active for over 3 decades in taking up several initiatives such as Slum Rehabilitation, Cheap and Accessible Healthcare for all, Promotion of Education and Sports.
Some of his Notable Social Contributions:
- Hepatitis B Free Mumbai where more than 32 Lakhs vaccines were provided at a subsidized rate (Setting a record in Limca Book of Records).
- ‘Cataract Free Mumbai’ Campaign where over 400 camps were held all over Mumbai.
- Rail Pravasi Suraksha Abhiyaan – Submitted a petition to the Parliament which was co-signed by 50,000 railway passengers of Mumbai to address the safety issues at Mumbai’s railway stations.
Somaiya also founded the Investors’ Grievances Forum (IGF) in 1994, an NGO with a social objective dedicated to the protection and safeguarding of the rights of investors through education, awareness, guidance, mass campaigns and representations to regulators, govt. authorities and courts.
Positions held by Kirit Somaiya
- Member of Parliament , Lok Sabha
- National Secretary – BJP
- MLA – Maharashtra Legislative Assembly
- Vice President – Maharashtra BJP
- President – Mumbai BJP
- All India Convenor – BJP Investors Cell
- President – Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha , Maharashtra
Kirit Somaiya FAQ’s
Who is Kirit Somaiya?
Dr Kirit Somaiya (born 12 February 1954) is an Indian politician of the Bharatiya Janata Party who represented Mumbai North-East in the 16th Lok Sabha and the 13th Lok Sabha. He is currently appointed as vice president of BJP’s Maharashtra unit.
Is Kirit Somaiya arrested?
Kirit Somaiya, a senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and former Lok Sabha member, was detained early on Monday at Karad railway station in Maharashtra’s Satara district and later taken to the Circuit House by Mumbai Police. Somaiya was scheduled to Kolhapur later in the day to prove his allegations of corruption against minister Hasan Mushrif, an MLA from Kagal in the western Maharashtra district.
What is Kirit Somaiya’s net worth?
Approx. 8 Cr. INR
Who is Kirit Somaiya’s wife?
Dr Medha Somaiya
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