“The problem exists, so it has to be addressed” – Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pusapati
He is like the living royalty in the midst of masses.
Pusapati Ashok Gajapathi Raju, the current Union Minister of Civil Aviation at the Center is actually not a minister in the worldly state of affairs. He is the real Raja. The scion of the Royal Family of Vizianagaram may underplay and echo simplicity in his mannerisms, but he is a king alright.
Wishing the best on his 64th birthday, we bring to you some important facets of Mr Gajapathi Raju. And if you thought he was just about massive persona and mighty attributes of a Kshatriya, pause. Here are the five important things to know about this charming personality who is more than politics and leadership.
Younger Son of King of Vizianagaram
Ashok Gajapathi Raju is the younger son of the last Maharaja of the princely state of Vizianagaram, Highness Pusapati Vijayarama Gajapathi Raju Junior.
Hailing directly from the royal family of the state, Ashok Gajapathi Raju possesses a great mix of class with humility. A rare combination that works well while serving in the country’s politics. A mighty Kshatriya who comes down to blend well with the pulse of a common man, Mr Gajapathi Raju was elected from the Vizianagaram assembly constituency for six consecutive terms. Proving the fact.
Not many know about Gajapathi Raju’s background work with charity and philanthropy. His family as such is known for their extensive social responsibility done on the north coastal Andhra, resurrecting and enriching the temple glory. Some of the famous temples that have been renovated and maintained include the famous Simhachalam. This apart, Gajapathi Raju runs a number of education institutions via his family trust, Maharaja Alak Narayan Society For Arts and Sciences (MANSAS).
Family Legacy With Indian Parliament and State Government
Ashok Gajapathi Raju is not the lone crusader who had invested a massive amount of life towards Indian governance. His father Maharaja Vijayarama Gajapathi Raju and brother Ananda Gajapathi Raju were also active ministers and parliamentarians in the past. This explains his inclination towards working for the well being of the masses.
Exceptional Political Career – The Pride of Vizianagaram
Mr Ashok Gajapathi Raju maintains a unique demeanor of calm, grit and perseverance. His journey with Indian Politics has been eventful.
- Won the first coveted Vizianagaram Vidhan Sabha Constiruency representing Janata Party in 1978
- Joined Telugu Desam Party in 1982.
- Won the State Assembly Elections in 1983, 1985, 1989, 1994, 1999 and 2009
- Held the position of Excise and Commercial Taxes Minister in NTR’s cabinet
- Held Finance and Legislative Affairs and Revenue Minister in Chandrababu Naidu’s Cabinet
- Respected Poliburo Member in the Telugu Desam Party
- Won Indian General Election to the 16th Lok Sabha from Vizianagaram in 2014
- Current Cabinet Minister for Civial Aviation
Well Educated and Simplicity Personified
Ashok Gajapathi Raju Garu is not just down to earth. He is a highly educated individual with exposure into various domains. An exceptional strategist and decision maker, it comes as no surprise that Gajapathi Raju is counted among the most bankable and dependable politicians in the country since years. His contribution to the country’s governance is unparalleled and continues with a majestic appeal.