Decent and amiable with good administrative skills  Dr. Arun Chaturvedi has always remained behind the scenes, working for the party. This was his first-time foray with the voters who has not seen his mass contact skills. Nevertheless, he managed to wrest the seat back for the BJP.

He was also given the posh, prestigious and important seat of Civil Lines in Jaipur and fought against young and popular Congress leader Pratap Kachariyawas in the 2013 Assembly elections. Kachwariyas, who has been a student leader, has always been there for his voters, have stood by them in crisis and led many protests.  So Chaturvedi had a tough fight against him but won the seat back for BJP with a convincing margin of over 77, 600 votes.

A 1981 BCom from Rajasthan University, Jaipur, he cleared M.Com from the same university. He cleared his  LLB from Rajasthan University in 1985 and Ph.D. from in 1992

Dr. Arun Chaturvedi is an advocate and has good legal sense. An active member of RSS, he came into politics through BJP’s student wing ABVP in 1974 and was vice-president of the Bharatiya Yuva Morcha from 1988 till 1998. His wife is also a lecturer in a government college.

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Soft-spoken Dr. Arun Chaturvedi took over the reins of BJP in 2009 as president.  He has said the government would also stick to its stand taken before the Rajasthan High Court’s principal bench at Jodhpur that ‘Meena’ and ‘Mina’ were surnames of the same community, which was entitled to reservation benefits. In 2014, the state government had issued a circular on September 30, followed by an order on December 23 to ban the change of spelling from ‘Meena’ to ‘Mina’ that had led to denial of Scheduled Tribe (ST) certificates to people having Meena surname. As per the government of India notifications, it is the ‘Mina’ community (not Meena) which belongs to the ST category, which enjoys reservation in government jobs, educational institutes, and elections.“The government is committed to withdrawing the circular of September 30, 2014, and the order of December 23, 2014, to settle the Meena-Mina row,” minister Chaturvedi has said.

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Pictures by: Sahil (JE Photojournalist)

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