South Delhi MP Ramesh Bidhuri confident of another term despite controversies

LOK SABHA MP PROFILES: RAMESH BIDHURI, DELHI SOUTH

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Avoiding election frenzy and the intense heat of Delhi summers, South Delhi MP, Ramesh Bidhuri is seen spending most of his time in his poll war room in Mehrauli. His complacence comes from BJP’s strong organisational hold over South Delhi which is enough for him to dismiss his political opponents who are busy taking part in road shows and rallies.

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Since his college days, Bidhuri has been active in the BJP. In 2003-08 he became the Vice President of BJP, Delhi unit. He won three consecutive terms as an MLA from 2003 to 2014 . He stood as the BJP candidate for 2014 Lok Sabha Elections and won.

Personal Information

  • Name: Ramesh Bidhuri
  • Age: 57
  • Date of birth: 18 July 1961
  • Sex: Male
  • Address: 179, Sunpat House,Village-Tughlakabad, New Delhi-110044
  • Constituency: South Delhi
  •  Party: Bharatiya Janata Party
  • Term: 2014 – in office
  • Twitter: @rameshbidhuri 
  • Facebook: ramesh.bidhuri.9
  • Educational Qualifications: Graduate Professional
  • Profession: Advocate, businessman, social worker

Pending criminal cases

Ramesh Bidhuri has four pending criminal cases against him. These include 1 charge related to voluntarily causing hurt (IPC Section-323), 1 charge related to Acts done by several persons in furtherance of a common intention (IPC Section-34), 1 charge related to punishment for defamation (IPC Section-500), 1 charge related to the sale of printed or engraved substance containing defamatory matter (IPC Section-502).

Assets and liabilities

Year Moveable Assets Immovable Assets Total Assets Liabilities
2014 Rs. 1,76,06,740

 

 

Rs. 14,11,52,000

 

Rs. 158,758,740

 

Nil

 

2019

 

Rs. 1,63,52,711 Rs. 16,37,00,000 Rs. 180,052,711 Nil

Positions held

  • 2003 – May 2014: Member, Legislative Assembly, NCT of Delhi
  • May 2014: Elected to 16th Lok Sabha
  • September 1 2014 onwards: Member, Standing Committee on Urban Development
  • September 12 2014 onwards: Member, Standing Committee on Welfare of Other Backward Classes; Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Labour and Employment; Member, National Social Security Board
  • December 22 2017 onwards: Member, Committee on Estimates

MP performance

Ramesh Bidhuri’s attendance card reads fairly consistently, with 100% attendance for 10 of the 17 sessions. Only in the Budget Session of 2017, the percentage drastically fell to 48%.

Bidhuri asked 188 questions and took part in 95 debates. He was part of 49 special mentions and eight private member bills.

He also introduced six private member’s bills including abolition of child labour bill and the bill demanding equal compensation for victims of riots and communal violence.

MP Attendance No. of Debates No. of Questions asked Private Members’ Bill
Ramesh Bidhuri 93% 91 188 6
National Average 80% 67.1 293 2.3
State Average 92% 65.8 315 12.7

Some of the debates that Bidhuri participated in were on:

  1. Regarding construction of sewer lines in unauthorized colonies of Delhi
  2. Regarding issue of Old Age Pension in Delhi Government
  3. Regarding provision of minimum wages to the poors
  4. Need to undertake rejuvenation of ponds in Delhi
  5. Opening colleges in NCR under Delhi University to admit more students
  6. Problems faced by residents of Delhi due to shortage of power and water

Private Member’s bills introduced by the MP are as follows:

Find the entire list here.

MP in news

Rumour had it that Bidhuri was anti-Purvanchalis, a term commonly used to denote migrants from Bihar and Eastern Uttar Pradesh. In April, Bidhuri addressed Mithapur village in Badarpur. It is village with a large number of Purvanchali voters.

In 2017, Bidhuri led a group of agitators who staged a protest against Delhi government over crisis of water in areas of South Delhi. The protesters shouted slogans against the government seeking uninterrupted water supply in Sangam Vihar, Tughlakabad and adjoining areas. Bidhuri came in the news for accusing Delhi Jal Board (DJB) for working on behalf of the AAP MLAs. He suspected the involvement of middlemen in distribution of water tankers.

The MP has also been in news for making sexist remarks, enraging five women parliamentarians. They lodged a complaint with the Lok Sabha speaker accusing  Bidhuri of using abusive and sexist remarks against them in a Lok Sabha session. Bidhuri also raked up Sonia Gandhi’s ancestry and claimed that in Italy, within 5-7 years of marriage grandchildren are born to the newlyweds. But the same is not the culture of India.


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