Twitter page of Arjun Modhwadia describes him as an MLA from Porbandar and current president of Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee. Also inscribed on the left side of his Twitter profile are these words – “To save my land from the clutches of tyrants is the only motivation. I have to keep going on”.
Arjun Modhwadia, the face of Congress in Gujarat, is the 27th president of Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee, elected to the post on March 2, 2011. He was in news recently for his uninhibited tirade against Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi that also included calling him a ‘monkey’. He was also sent a showcause notice by the Election Commission for the same.
Early life and Education
Arjun Modhwadia, aged 55, hails from a humble background as he was born in a village near Porbandar, named Modhwada on 17 February 1957. Having availed his primary education at a government school of the village, he graduated in engineering from Lukhdhirji Engineering College in Morbi.
Modhwadia then entered into the profession of engineering and worked as an assistant engineer with the Gujarat Maritime Board for 10 years.
Arjun Modhwadia had started delving in politics from the very days of his university education when he became a senate member of Saurashtra University as a Registered Graduate constituency representative in 1982. Also, in 1988 he became a member of the Executive Council of the University.
But the real plunge in politics was taken by Modhwadia when in 2002, he won an Assembly Election.
The same year, he also became a member of Delimitation Commission of India for Gujarat (Parliamentary and Assembly constituencies). He was also appointed as a member of the Estimate Committee. Modhwadia landed a big role in 2004 when he became the Leader of Opposition in the Gujarat Legislative Assembly. He remained the man at the helm of Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee for quite some time. He was re-elected in 2007 and from 2008-09, he was also the chairman of the media committee and chief spokesperson of the GPCC. And on 2 March 2011, he was selected as the president of the GPCC, and continues to retain the post till now.