An active member of RSS, the four-time MP joined BJP during late 1980s and held several key positions in the party unit in Gujarat, including the post of Vice President in 2005.

60-year-old Chaudhari, who will be a Minister of State in the Narendra Modi government, did his post-graduation in commerce and started working as a diamond trader at an early age. Later, he shifted to Banaskantha to start his own business.

Chaudhari first came into limelight after winning the 1998 Lok Sabha polls for the very first time on a BJP ticket. He was again elected in 1999 from Banaskantha.

In 2013, he won the bye-elections from this seat after the death of sitting Congress MP Mukesh Gadhvi.

He defeated Congress veteran Joita Patel in the Lok Sabha polls earlier this year, cornering almost 58 per cent of the total votes.

In Parliament, he was a member of several panels, including the Standing Committees on Finance, Chemicals and Fertilizer, Agriculture and Commerce.

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