Ram Naik

Updated on: 19.02.2015

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Born: 16.04.1934 in Atpadi, Maharashtra

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Ram Naik is an Indian politician and the present Governor of Uttar Pradesh[1][2] He was born in Atpadi, in Sangli district of Maharashtra, in a middle class deshastha family. He married Kunda Naik on May 17, 1960 and has 2 daughters. His elder daughter Nishigandha Naik is a biologist and his younger daughter Vishakha Kulkarni who is his personal secretary, has a son, Shardool. He is a commerce and law graduate.

He defeated dreaded disease cancer in 1993. He was part of the central cabinet during the NDA rule and held the Oil and Natural Gas portfolio. He was instrumental in introducing Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme. Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation was formed when he was Minister of State for Railways.

He was a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and was a member of the 13th Lok Sabha (1999–2004). He was the BJP candidate for elections to the 14th Lok Sabha representing Mumbai North, but lost to famous Bollywood actor Govinda, a INC candidate from Virar.

Ram Naik announced in September 2013 that he will not contest the 2014 Lok Sabha Polls thus ending a glorious career in politics.On July 14, 2014 he was named as the Governor of Uttar Pradesh.

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