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Bhojpuri actor and singer-turned-politician Manoj Tiwari is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its Delhi unit president. In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Tiwari defeated Sheila Dikshit, a Congress veteran and former Delhi chief minister, from the North East Delhi constituency by 363,000 votes.
Born on 1 February 1971, Tiwari is one of the six children of Chandradev Tiwari and Lalita Devi. Coming from Atarwalia, a remote village in Bihar's Kaimur district, Tiwari holds an MPEd degree from Varanasi’s Banaras Hindu University (BHU).
Among the biggest names in the flourishing Bhojpuri cinema market, Tiwari charged as much as $90,000 per film, BBC reported in 2005.
Tiwari made his political debut in 2009, contesting the Lok Sabha elections held that year from Uttar Pradesh’s Gorakhpur constituency on a Samajwadi Party ticket. He, however, lost to Yogi Adityanath.
He switched over to the BJP in 2013 and contested the 2014 Lok Sabha elections from North East Delhi. He defeated the Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP's) Anand Kumar by a margin of 144,084 votes.
Appointed the president of the BJP's Delhi unit in 2016, Tiwari led his party to a record victory in the 2017 Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) election. Ahead of the 2020 Delhi Assembly election, there has been a buzz that Tiwari could be one of the possible chief ministerial candidates of the BJP. The party, however, has not officially named any chief ministerial face so far.