21 Facts About Anurag Thakur


Anurag Singh Thakur was born on 24 October 1974 and is an Indian politician from the Bharatiya Janata Party and a Member of Parliament in the Lok Sabha from Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh.

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Anurag Thakur is the current Minister of Sports, Youth Affairs and Minister of Information and Broadcasting in the Second Modi ministry.

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Previously, Thakur served as a Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs.

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Anurag Thakur was first elected to the Lok Sabha in May 2008 in a by poll as a candidate of the Bharatiya Janata Party.

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Anurag Thakur was involved in a legal struggle between the Himachal Pradesh State Government and the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association over the rights to the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium at Dharamshala wherein the Himachal Pradesh High Court ruled against the then Himachal Pradesh State Government.

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Anurag Thakur was born on 24 October 1974 in Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh and his family belongs to the Hindu Rajput community.

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Anurag Thakur completed his Bachelor's B A degree from Doaba College, Jalandhar, Punjab.

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In May 2008, Anurag Thakur succeeded his father Prem Kumar Dhumal when he was elected for the first time as Member of Parliament in India's 14th Lok Sabha from Hamirpur constituency.

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Anurag Thakur was re-elected to the 15th Lok Sabha in 2009,16th Lok Sabha in 2014, and 17th Lok Sabha in 2019.

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Anurag Thakur was the first Bharatiya Janata Party MP to have been awarded the Jury Committee Special Award.

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In 2010, Anurag Thakur was appointed the National President of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, the youth wing of Bharatiya Janata Party.

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Anurag Thakur has been the only National President to be appointed for three consecutive terms in the Bharatiya Janata Party and the first BJYM National President to have worked under three different BJP Presidents: Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh and Nitin Gadkari.

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In May 2019, Anurag Thakur became Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs.

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Anurag Thakur "picked himself" for the match so as to fulfill the BCCI criterion for becoming a selector at the state level.

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Anurag Thakur's tenure saw the development of five stadiums including the international Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium at Dharamsala.

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Anurag Thakur's candidature was supported by all six East Zone cricket associations: Cricket Association of Bengal, Assam Cricket Association, Jharkhand State Cricket Association, Odisha Cricket Association, Tripura Cricket Association and the National Cricket Club.

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Anurag Thakur rose through the ranks in cricketing administration bodies to the position of secretary for BCCI.

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On 22 May 2016, Anurag Thakur became the president of BCCI, but his tenure was cut short when the Supreme Court of India ruled on the Lodha Committee's third status report, submitted on 14 November 2016, asking for the disqualification of office-bearers of the BCCI and all state associations, who became ineligible as per the Apex Court's 18 July 2016 order.

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Anurag Thakur submitted an affidavit of apology to the court which was rejected, following which he filed an unconditional and unequivocal apology.

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In July 2016, Anurag Thakur became a part of the Territorial Army, becoming the first serving BJP Member of Parliament to become a TA Officer.

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On promotion as Captain in the 124 Sikh Regiment, Anurag Thakur became the first serving Member of Parliament to be appointed as Captain in Territorial Army as a regular commissioned officer.

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