Member of Parliament, Ambedkar Nagar
Ritesh Pandey is a Member of Parliament representing the 2.4 million people of Ambedkar Nagar, Uttar Pradesh. As a member of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) for over ten years, Ritesh was the Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) from Jalalpur, Uttar Pradesh between 2017 and 2019. His vocal critique of national and state policy, as well as his commitment to representing the voice of the marginalised population has earned him the distinction of Lok Sabha Leader of the BSP in the Lok Sabha. Ritesh is committed to fighting for caste and gender equality and climate change, and believes that social justice is climate justice.
Ritesh is the Chairman of the Committee on Papers Laid on the Table of the House, and a member of the following parliamentary committees:
Joint Parliamentary Committee to examine the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019
Standing Committee on External Affairs
Consultative Committee on Power and New & Renewable Energy
Ritesh's career has spanned many fields – prior to stepping into politics, he ran a successful art firm connecting contemporary Indian art to European audiences. He has also founded Takshila Academy, a premier K-12 educational institute in Ambedkar Nagar, as well as the Awadh Mutineers Football Club, where students from below poverty line families are given a transformative opportunity to play competitive football and study on a 100% scholarship at Takshila Academy.