Kariya Munda Indian politician

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Kariya Munda
Deputy Speaker of the Lok Sabha
In office
8 June 2009 – 12 August 2014
Preceded byCharanjit Singh Atwal
Succeeded byM. Thambidurai
Member of Lok sabha for Khunti
In office
15 July 1989 – 30 may 2004
In office
14 May 2009 – 30 may 2019
Assembly Member
for Khijri
In office
Personal details
Born (1936-04-20) 20 April 1936 (age 85)
Anigara village, Ranchi district, Bihar
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
Spouse(s)Sunanda Devi
Children2 sons and 4 daughters
ResidenceAnigara village, Khunti district, Jharkhand
AwardsPadma Bhushan 2019

Kariya Munda (born 20 April 1936) is an Indian politician and the former Deputy Speaker of the 15th Lok Sabha. He has been a former minister in the Government of India, in the Governments led by the Janata Party in 1977 and by Bhartiya Janata Party, from 1999 onwards.

Early life

Munda was born in Khunti district, near the State capital of Ranchi of Jharkhand state in India. Khunti is among the pre-dominantly tribal belt in the central-eastern part of India. Incidentally, the village 'Ulihatu' near Khunti, is also the birthplace of the legendary, great tribal leader called Birsa Munda. Munda passed his M.A. examination from Ranchi University, in Anthropology, a subject which also predominantly studies about the tribals in India and elsewhere.

Political career

Munda was 1st elected to the 6th Lok Sabha in 1977 from Khunti constituency in Bihar state (presently, in Jharkhand state). He was re-elected to the Lok Sabha in 1989, 1991, 1996, 1998, 1999, and 2009 from the same constituency of Khunti. In between, he was also elected and served as MLA to the Legislative Assemblies of Bihar and later, Jharkhand. Needless to say, being a Representative of the people so repetitively, he has been equally popular among all sections of the society.

He has inducted into the Morarji Desai government in 1977 and given the portfolio of Steel Ministry, in the capacity as the Minister of State. He was a cabinet minister in the ministry headed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee, including the famous stint in the 13 days' government in 1999 and afterward. He has now been among the senior leaders of Bharatiya Janata Party, rising from the days of the 'Jansangh' and have witnessed many ups and downs in Indian politics, particularly since the days of emergency.

He was one of the candidates in the race to become first Chief Minister of Jharkhand at the time of its establishment in November 2000 but lost of Babulal Marandi and become the Minister for Agro and Rural Industries from September 2001 to January 2003 and Minister of Coal and Non-Conventional Energy Sources in Atal Bihari Vajpayee's third cabinate.[1][2][3][4]

In the 2004 Lok Sabha elections, he lost Khunti seat to Sushila Kerketta of Indian National Congress but won the Khijri Vidhan Sabha seat in 2005 Jharkhand Legislative Assembly election.

During 15th Lok Sabha, Munda was unanimously elected Deputy Speaker of Lok Sabha. He won the Khunti constituency for the 7th time in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. He was one of the few elderly leaders of Bharatiya Janata Party who was denied a ticket for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.[5]


  1. ^ "Munda meets Vajpayee: PTI". The Rediff. Retrieved 13 March 2021.
  2. ^ "Vajpayee ruffles feathers with reshuffle". The Rediff. Retrieved 13 March 2021.
  3. ^ "Dissent breaks out in BJP's Jharkhand unit". The Rediff. Retrieved 13 March 2021.
  4. ^ "BJP Jharkhand unit divided over CM issue". The Rediff. Retrieved 13 March 2021.
  5. ^ Joshua, Anita (9 June 2009). "Karia Munda is Deputy Speaker". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 10 June 2009. Retrieved 30 March 2010.


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