Rajyavardhan Singh RathoreColonel Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore is a retired soldier from the Indian Army, who took premature retirement from the armed forces in 2013 so as to join the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP). While serving the Army, Rathore became a veteran shooter who won India many laurels including an Olympic Silver medal in the double trap event. In all Rathore won India an Olympic medal, four Commonwealth Games medals, two Asian Games medals and also a World Championship medal. Currently, he is serving as the Minister of State (MoS) for Information and Broadcasting in the Indian government since 2014.
General VK SinghGeneral Vijay Kumar Singh, popularly known as VK Singh, is the first four-star general in Indian history to have joined politics after serving the country. Gen. Singh retired from the Indian Army back in 2014 and just days later joined the BJP so as to contest the 2014 Lok Sabha Elections. Just months after joining BJP, Gen. Singh tasted victory and in May 2014 got appointed as the Minister of State – External Affairs and Minister of state (independent charge) for North East Region.
While Rathore and Singh moved from Army to politics, Lt. Anurag Singh Thakur, in 2016 became the first serving BJP Member of Parliament (MP) to got a regular commission in the Territorial Army.
Though he is yet to be posted at a regular commission, Thakur has not given up his post as MP and is also serving as the president of Indian cricketing board BCCI.
Rajesh PilotWhile majority of us know about the above three Army officers in the BJP, Congress too had its fair share of former officers.
One of the biggest names to join Congress was Squadron Leader Rajeshwar Prasad Singh Bidhuri popularly known as Rajesh Pilot. Pilot, before joining politics had served as a pilot in the Indian Air Force and had taken an early retirement after reaching the rank of Squadron Leader. He had left the Indian Air Force to join politics and to help his friend Rajiv Gandhi. Pilot served over two decades in politics before being killed in a freak car accident back in the year 2000. During this time, he held many important cabinet positions, including that of Minister for Internal Security between 1993-95. He over the years became the face of Gujar political leaders, but his passion for flying was only reflected when he adopted the title ‘Pilot’ as his last name.