Harsh Mahajan is an Indian politician and former member of the Indian National Congress (INC) who joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in 2022.
Harsh Mahajan was born on Monday, 12 December 1955 (age 67 years; as of 2022) in Chamba, Himachal Pradesh. He pursued a bachelor’s degree in commerce at Shri Ram College of Commerce, New Delhi and a master’s degree in business administration at Delhi University, New Delhi.
Height (approx.): 5′ 3″
Hair Colour:Black (Semi-bald)
Eye Colour: Black
Parents & Siblings
Harsh’s father’s name is Desh Raj Mahajan, who was a cabinet minister and Speaker of the Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly.
Wife & Children
He got married to Uma Singh on 7 June 1983.
Harsh started his political career in 1972 when he joined the Indian National Congress. He is a three-time former MLA from Chamba in 1993, 1998 and 2003. In 1989, he was appointed as the President of the Himachal Pradesh Youth Congress (1986-1995). In 1993, he became the parliamentary secretary of the Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly. In 1998, he was again appointed as the parliamentary secretary of the state legislative assembly. In 2003, he served as the Cabinet Minister for Animal Husbandry. In 2007, he left electoral politics. From 2013 to 2018, he served as the chairman of the Himachal Pradesh Cooperative Department. He has served as the vice president and general secretary of the Himachal Pradesh Congress for thirty-five years from 1987 to 2022. He also served as the chairman of the State Cooperative Bank from 2013-2017. Under his chairmanship, the bank received three national awards. In 2022, he left the Indian National Congress. On 28 September 2022, he joined the Bharatiya Janata Party.
- In 2022, Harsh left the Congress party and joined BJP in presence of Union minister Piyush Goyal and party general secretary Vinod Tawade in New Delhi. While giving the reason for leaving the party, he said,
I’ve been in Congress for about 45 years. I didn’t lose an election. Congress was there till Virbhadra Singh was there. Today, Congress has become directionless. There is no vision and there is no leadership. After the passing away of Virbhadra Singh, there is nothing left for the Congress in the state. Congress will not win in Himachal, and the BJP will win again. PM Modi is the only leader who will take the country forward.”
- In an interview, he alleged nepotism in the congress party by talking about HPCC chief Pratibha Singh and her MLA son Vikramaditya Singh and said that Congress had become “visionless, directionless and leaderless” and was ruled by “maa-beta” like in Delhi.