Raju Bista- MP of India:

Raju Bista- MP of India

 Raju Bista born on 1 March 1986, is an Indian politician and managing director of Surya Roshni  Limited. His father’s name is Vishnu Bista and his mother’s name is Prabha Bista in Charhajare, Senapati, Manipur. He was elected to the Lok Sabha, the lower house of the Parliament of India, from Darjeeling, West Bengal in the 2019 Indian General Election as a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party.

            Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
Preceded by S.S Ahuwalia
Constituency Darjeeling
Born 1 March, 1986 (age 33) Charhajare,Senapati, Manipur.
Nationality Indian
Political Party Bharatiya Janata Party
Spouse(s) Anita Bista (m. 2006)
Children 2
Residence Darjeeling, West Bengal Punjab Bagh, West Delhi
Alma mater Presidency College, Motbung (B.A)
Profession Business, social work
Father’s name Shri Vishnu Bista
Mother’s Name Smt. Parbati Bista
Educational Qualifications B.A.
Date of Marriage 06 October 2006
  Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha

Personal Life:

Raju Bista was born on 1 March 1986 to Vishnu and Prabah Bista in Charhajare, Senapati, Manipur. He is a Bachelor of Arts and was educated at Presidency College, which is affiliated to Manipur University. Bista married Anita Bista on 6 October 2006, with whom he has two daughters. He is a businessperson by profession and is also involved with social work.

Personal Life

Raju Bista, a 33- year-old youth from Manipur’s Kangpokpi district, is the new MP from Darjeeling. It took many by surprise when the BJP fielded Raju Bista in Darjeeling. The leaders of the saffron party were smart enough to find a young Gorkha from Manipur in the politically hostile hills of the West Bengal.

Raju fielded the young candidate as political forces like the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha and the Gorkha National Liberation Front were not happy with the performance of veteran BJP leader Surnderjeet Singh Ahluwalia as their MP.

Gorkha National Liberation Front

Unable to find a local Gorkha to represent BJP in the Lok Sabha elections in the Darjeeling Hills, Raju Bista was more a Wild card entry. In fact, Raju was a BJP candidate suggested by the RSS. He is an old RSS worker and had joined Sangh Pariwar in 1998.

Though his political opponents initially mocked him as an “outsider”, Raju Bista defeated Amar Singh Rai of the TMC by a huge margin. Before joining active politics, Raju was the managing director of an MNC, the Surya Roshni Limited.

MNC of the Surya Roshni Limited.

A keen believer in Narendra Modi’s ‘Adarsh Gram Yojna’, and had taken up a series of development works for the uplift of several tribal villages in Chhattisgarh.

Narendra Modi’s ‘Adarsh Gram Yojna’

BJP’s Darjeeling Constituency Nominee:

When BJP had fielded 33- year-old Delhi-based entrepreneur Raju Bista from West Bengal’s Darjeeling constituency, it took many by surprise.

Raju Bista, who traces his roots to Manipur, is the managing director of a leading multinational group, Surya Roshni Limited.

BJP’s Darjeeling Constituency Nominee

Party insiders say Bista, who has always harbored a passion for social work, got the ticket because he was backed by the RSS.

Bista joined RSS in the late ’90s and has had closed terms with the ultra-right-wing outfit since then. Born and brought up in Manipur’s Kangpokpi district, young entrepreneur Bista is an ‘Unlikely’ candidate of the saffron party. His opponents have called this political greenhorn an ‘outsider’ to Gorkha dominated Darjeeling. In response to which, Bista said that he was “the son of a Gorkha” and he would never betray them.


“I will assure that no Gorkha will have to lower his head because of me,” he said. BJP National  General Secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya says it is Bista’s “extensive background in social work” that prompted the party to choose him.

Much before he became an MD of the electrical giant, Bista joined an NGO and was proactively involved in various development projects in Darjeeling.

Bharat Youth Club

From funding clubs in Darjeeling (Bharat Youth Club) to promote sports amongst the youths of the hill station to organizing personality development events for school children to giving grants to Sanskrit schools, Bista has made innumerable contributions for the uplift of the people in the area.

One can tell from Bista’s work that he is naturally inclined to the Sangh Parivar believes and has a nationalist mindset, providing grants for various schools run by the RSS as well as economically helping Sanskrit schools in Manipur.  Best, although is closely associated with Darjeeling on a personal level, his candidature by BJP, who enjoys support and alliance from Darjeeling’s two most powerful groups- Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) and Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF), has created dissent amongst the Gorkha population of the district.

Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF)

The strife over Bista’s candidature has even lead to a rift amongst GJM leaders which was propelled by senior GJM leader Swaraj Thapa quitting the party in protest that the BJP is “foisting a candidate for the Darjeeling seat who is a rank outsider”.

GJM and GNLF are the two influential local outfits that have carried out stern and violent movements demanding a separate Gorkhaland.

 Gorkhaland and Raju Bista

“We have to work for the people in the hills as well as those who live in “Siliguri”, maintained Bista who is facing Trinamool Congress candidate Amar Singh Rai, a veteran of GJM, and also the sitting MLA from Darjeeling for the seat.

Darjeeling constituency comprises the hill towns of Darjeeling, Kurseong, and Kalimpong as well as plains of Siliguri.

Darjeeling constituency

Social And Cultural Activities:

Organized Personality Development Camps (PDCs) for boys and girls in rural areas for their mental, intellectual, physical and spiritual development; Adarsh Gram Yojana, a nationwide initiative that provides education and scholarship opportunities for poor children in rural areas.

Social And Cultural Activities

Special Interest:

Promoting education in rural areas; through School Bharati Organization (SBO), provide scholarships, books, and resources to students; Environment Protection and Conservation  Activities; Imparting Skill Development and Entrepreneurship opportunities to rural youth especially in the field of Yoga, Naturopathy and health care practices.

Special Interest

Favorite Pastime and Recreation:

Book Reading, Travelling, Listening to Music

Sports and Clubs:

Playing Football and Cricket

Countries Visited:

Widely Travelled

Other Information:

Other Information:

Actively participated in Surya Think Tank discussions on the issue of national interest like Defence, Economy, Internal Security, Education, Rural Development, etc.;

Most promising business leader of Asia 2017-18 by Economic Times in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. President (Elcoma), Electric Lamp & Component Manufacturers Association of India.

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