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.
19 Facts About Anurag Thakur
Anurag Thakur is the current Minister of Sports, Youth Affairs and Minister of Information and Broadcasting in the Second Modi ministry.
Previously, Thakur served as a Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs.
Anurag Thakur was first elected to the Lok Sabha in May 2008 in a by poll as a candidate of the Bharatiya Janata Party.
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 International Cricket Stadium at Dharamshala.
Anurag Thakur was born on 24 October 1974 in Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh and his family belongs to the Hindu Rajput community.
In May 2008, Anurag Thakur succeeded his father when he was elected as Member of Parliament of India's 14th Lok Sabha from Hamirpur constituency.
Anurag Thakur was re-elected to the 15th Lok Sabha in 2009,16th Loksabha in 2014, and 17th Loksabha in 2019.
Later, in 2010 Anurag Thakur was appointed the national president of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha.
In May 2019, Anurag Thakur became Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs.
The Election Commission of India ordered that Anurag Thakur be removed from the BJP's list of star campaigners and then imposed a 72 hour campaigning ban on him.
Anurag Thakur "picked himself" for the match so as to fulfill the BCCI criterion for becoming a selector at the state level.
Anurag Thakur served as the president of the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association for four straight terms since 2000.
Anurag Thakur's tenure saw development of five stadium in Himachal Pradesh including the stadium in Dharamsala.
Anurag Thakur rose through the ranks in cricketing administration bodies to the position of secretary for BCCI.
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.
Anurag Thakur submitted an affidavit of apology to the court which was rejected, following which he filed an unconditional and unequivocal apology.
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.
Anurag Thakur has been promoted to the rank of captain.