The Political Journey of Raghav Chadha

The Political Journey of Raghav Chadha

Apr 30 India Standard


Indian politician Raghav Chadha was born on November 11, 1988, and he is a member of the Aam Aadmi Party. His constituency is in Punjab, and he is the youngest member of parliament in the Rajya Sabha. He previously represented the Rajendra Nagar assembly constituency in Delhi until 2022 and held the position of Vice Chairman of the Delhi Jal Board. Apart from his political profession, Chadha is a licensed chartered accountant.

Early life 

Chadha, who was born in New Delhi on November 11, 1988, completed his education at the University of Delhi and attended Modern School on Barakhamba Road. Later, he completed an MBA certification program at the London School of Economics and became a chartered accountant through the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. He had early employment with Grant Thornton, Deloitte, and Shyam Malpani.

Political career

Chadha has been a part of the AAP since its inception, and he gained recognition for his work on the Delhi Lokpal Bill in 2012. After the AAP won the 2015 Delhi Legislative Assembly election, he became well-known as the party's youngest national spokesperson and national treasurer. However, Rajnath Singh, the Union Minister of Home Affairs at the time, fired him from his position as Manish Sisodia's advisor in April 2018.

Lok Sabha Election

In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Chadha ran from South Delhi but was defeated handily by the BJP candidate. The BJP has traditionally held sway in South Delhi. He was named co-in-charge of AAP Punjab in 2020 ahead of the Punjab Legislative Assembly election.

MLA in Delhi Assembly

In the Delhi Legislative Assembly election in February 2020, Chadha decisively defeated the BJP candidate to win the Rajendra Nagar seat. With 57.06% of the total votes cast, he won. He was assigned the water portfolio in the Delhi Government and appointed vice-chairman of the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) following the election.

MP in Rajya Sabha

Chadha, 33, became the youngest MP when AAP nominated him for Rajya Sabha from Punjab. He accused BJP of settling Bangladeshis and Rohingyas in Delhi. Credited with AAP's success in Punjab, he was appointed co-in-charge for the 2022 Gujarat Legislative Assembly election. Chadha leads AAP in the Rajya Sabha, although his request to serve as Interim Leader of the house was declined in December 2023.

Advisor to the Chief Minister of Punjab

Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann named Chadha as the Chairman of an Advisory Panel following the AAP's victory in Punjab. The plea contesting his appointment was rejected by the High Court.

Personal life

On May 13, 2023, in New Delhi, actress Parineeti Chopra and Chadha announced their engagement. On September 24, 2023, they tied the knot at Udaipur, Rajasthan's The Leela Palace. In London, Chadha had a vitrectomy; according to his party colleague Saurabh Bhardwaj, the procedure preserved his vision.


Five Members of Parliament accused Chadha on August 8, 2023, of fabricating their approval to forward the Delhi NCR Amendment Bill to the Select Committee. As a result, on August 11th, he was suspended for "Gross Violation of Rules" from the Rajya Sabha. Until the privilege committee makes a ruling, the suspension will stay in place.


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