India Elections : New face CP Joshi in Central Cabinet

C P Joshi may be anonymous to Capital residents but Joshi is a well-known name in Rajasthan, where he has made news in defeat and in victory. When Congress returned to power in Rajasthan in December last year, state unit chief Joshi lost by one vote from his home constituency of Nathdwara.

His win from Bhilwara has put him in a strong position and he is said to be a frontrunner for the plum ministry of rural development. Flush with funds and incharge of implementing the flagship schemes of UPA, a position in Shastri Bhawan’s ground floor could be the springboard for a higher perch.

CP Joshi, a professor of psychology who turned to politics and swung the December 2008 Rajasthan assembly election result in the favour of the Congress, gets a central cabinet berth on Friday. Though he comes off as a shy and simple man, he seems quite adept at realpolitik.

It is his and Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot’s efforts that the Congress walked away with as many as 19 of the total 25 parliamentary seats in the state. This was a total shock to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which had won 21 seats in the 2004 elections.

Joshi was a cabinet minister in Rajasthan from 1998 to 2003 and held important portfolios like education, panchayati raj, rural development, public health engineering, policy planning and information technology.

Joshi completed his Masters in Physics and then followed it up with a PhD in Psychology from the MLS University in Udaipur.

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