(Last Updated on : 02/06/2012)
Bhuwan Chandra Khanduri was a member of the 14th Lok Sabha. He remained as the Chief minister of the Indian state of Uttarakhand twice, from 2007-09 and 2011-12.
This member of Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) represented the Garhwal division of Parliamentary Constituency of Uttarakhand for four times in the Lok Sabha. He has also served as a minister in the Indian federal government.
Early Life of Bhuwan Chandra Khanduri
Bhuwan Chandra Khanduri was born to Jai Ballabh Khanduri, a journalist and Durga Devi Khanduri, a social activist at Dehradun on 1st October 1934. He studied at Allahabad University, College of Military Engineering, Pune, Institute of Engineers, Delhi and Institute of Defence Management, Secunderabad and obtained B.Sc, B.E, M.I.E (India), long Defence Management Course. As a student he participated in the freedom struggle of India. From 1954 to 1990, he served in Corps of Engineers, Indian Army. In the year 1982, for distinguished services in the Indian Army, he was conferred Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (AVSM) by the President of India. he has served in various important positions in the Indian Army like, Commander of Regiment (during the Indo-Pak war in 1971), Chief Engineer in the Army, Commander of an Engineering Brigade, Additional Military Secretary at Army Headquarters, Additional Director General in the Engineer-in-Chief's division at the Army Headquarters, Additional Director General, engineer-in-chief's Branch, Army Headquarters.
Political Career of Bhuwan Chandra Khanduri
After retirement from Indian Army, Khanduri joined politics and was elected to Lok Sabha from Garhwal in Uttarakhand in 1991 and in subsequent elections. He was made the Chief Whip of Bharatiya Janta Party, Parliamentary Party, Lok Sabha and held the post from 1991 to 1996. Subsequently, he served as:
* Member, National Executive, BJP- 1992-97
* Vice-president, BJP, Uttar Pradesh- 1992-97
* Re-elected to the 12th Lok Sabha (2nd term) Chief whip, BJP, Lok Sabha.
* 1998-99 Member, Committee on Public Accounts Member, Rules Committee
* Member, Business Advisory Committee
* Member, Committee on Home Affairs; (Departments of, (i) Law and Company Affairs; and (ii) Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions) and Convenor of its Sub-Committee on Personnel Policy of Central Para-Military Forces (CPMFs)
* Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Defence 1999
* Re-elected to 13th Lok Sabha (3rd term) Chief Whip, BJP Parliamentary Party, Lok Sabha 1999-2000
* Member, Wild Life Society of India-
* Member, Committee on Public Undertakings 1999-2000
* Member, Committee on Ethics-2000-01
* 2000 onwards Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas
* 2000-2003 Member, National Executive, Bharaitya Janata Party
* 7 Nov. 2000- Union Minister of State (Independent Charge), Road Transport onwards and Highways.
* During 2007-2009, he served as the fourth Chief Minister of Uttarakhand.
* September 11, 2011 onwards: the chief minister of Uttarakhand.
* March 6, 2012 B C Khanduri lost the election from constituency Kotdwar,
In February 2007 Bhuwan Chandra Khanduri led the BJP, to the victory in assembly elections in Uttarakhand. Subsequently, he was chosen to be the new Chief Minister of the state. His runner-up T.P.S. Rawat, in the 2004 Lok Sabha poll, had resigned from Dhumakot seat. To make way for Khanduri to be the independent MLA, Rajendra Singh Bhandari had also offered to resign.
As Chief Minister, among Khanduri's first achievements had been to cut expenditures by cutting down security to politicians and administrative officials, cutting back on their allowance for foreign trips and also restricting the usage of the Chief Minister's discretional fund to only district magistrate-approved projects. He toured all but one district of Uttarakhand to measure the peoples' concerns following his election.
He also represented Departments of (i) Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, and (ii) Law and Company Affairs.
BJP lost the majority in Uttarakhand on 6 March 2012. Khanduri too lost his election from Kotdwara constituency. On 7 March 2012 Khanduri submitted his resignation to the governor of Uttarakhand.
Social Work by Bhuwan Chandra Khanduri
Bhuwan Chandra Khanduri was also actively involved in social work. He was the Patron of Parvatiya Sanskriti Parishad, Dehradun during1990-93. he also ahouldered the responsibility of managing "Chandra Ballabh Trust", an Educational Trust started in 1917 by his grand father in Garhwal. He was the President of (i) Poorva Sainik Seva Parishad, Uttar Pradesh from 1992 onwards; and (ii) Uttaranchal Pradesh Sangarsh Samiti from 1994-96. Khanduri also served as the Member of Wild Life Society of India and of G.B. Pant Himalaya Environment and Development Committee.
Personal Life of Bhuwan Chandra Khanduri
On 17th February, 1964, he married to Aruna Khanduri of whom he has one son and one daughter.