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Hariharan Raja Sharma [1]
National Secretary, BJP
Assumed office
Passenger Amenities Committee, Ministry of Railways (India)[2]
Assumed office
November, 2014
Member of Legislative Assembly
In office
Preceded byN. Sundaram
Succeeded byN. Sundaram
Personal details
Born (1957-09-29) 29 September 1957 (age 62)[3][4]
Melattur, Thanjavur district, India
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
FatherHariharan Sharma Raja[citation needed] [5]
ResidenceKaraikudi, Tamil Nadu, India
Alma materMadurai Kamaraj University
ProfessionChartered Accountant, Politician
WebsiteOfficial website

Hariharan Raja Sharma[6][7][8] also known as H. Raja is an Indian politician and a law graduate. He started his political-social life as an RSS pracharak.[9] He was a Member of the Legislative Assembly representing the Karaikudi constituency in the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly from 2001 to 2006.[4] He is one of the national secretaries of the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Personal life

H. Raja was born to a brahmin family in a small village called Melattur near Thanjavur.[10] He did his Schooling in Alagappa primary school, Karaikudi. He was a lawyer before he entered politics. He is also an agriculturalist.

Political career

H. Raja was a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh activist before he joined the BJP in 1980.[4] He was elected MLA of the Karaikudi constituency from 2001-2006. He assumed several roles in BJP including district convener in 1991, followed by state secretary, state general secretary and then, national secretary in 2014.[11] He was a candidate for the Lok Sabha in the 2019 election but lost to Karti Chidambaram.[12]


H. Raja is known for his rhetoric against political opponents.[13][14] He used to call them as anti-Indians.[15] Once he called journalists who asked questions on central government's policy as anti-Indians.[16]

On March 22, 2018, H. Raja is very much known for his communal speeches for which the High court requested the Chennai police to check his mental health[14][17][18]

On 10 December 2017, Venkaiah Naidu, Vice President of India condemned H.Raja when the latter asked communist leader D.Raja to shoot his own daughter as she participated in JNU protests.[19]

On October 9, 2017 ,The police filed a case against H. Raja for his malicious public speech against Periyar, Muslims and Christians in 2014.[20] Recently the Madras High Court has directed the Chennai police to register an FIR against him for his alleged statement that would instigate violence between members of the two communities.[21]

On September 17, 2017 ,BJP national secretary H. Raja failed in his bid to become the President of the Bharat Scouts and Guides (Tamil Nadu), after managing to secure only 52 of the 286 votes polled. He, however, refused to accept the result and called for the election to be countermanded.[22]

On 22 October 2017, Actor Vishal, president of the Tamil Film Producers Council, strongly criticised Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national secretary H. Raja for conceding that he had watched parts of actor Vijay’s latest release Mersal online. Mr. Raja had told a Tamil private television channel that he had watched online a few scenes of the movie "which people said, had content which had hurt their sentiments." [23]

On October 24, 2017 ,The BJP leader H. Raja was under fire over his remarks on the film Mersal's GST and Digital India monologues, was given police protection. That did not stop him from stoking further controversy by saying Mersal film hero Vijay is a Christian and hence the reason for the criticism of GST in his film. Posting a photo of actor Vijay's voter's ID and official letterhead, on his Twitter account, H. Raja indicated that the popular star is a Christian and his full name is C. Vijay Joseph[24]

On March 6, 2018, A remark was posted from the verified Facebook page of BJP National Secretary H. Raja, stating, "Who is Lenin? What is his connection to India? What is the connection of communists to India?" Lenin's statue was destroyed in Tripura. Today Lenin's statue, tomorrow Tamil Nadu's EVR Ramaswami's statue. As soon as the DMK opposed the comment, H. Raja distanced himself from the Facebook post and said that the page was maintained by various administrators. The post was soon deleted.[25]

On October 22, 2018, BJP Leader H Raja Apologises To Madras High Court for caught on camera abusing the police and the judiciary. [1] </ref>

On September 2019, A village in Tamil Nadu called Veppur where people printed and pasted poster across the village opposing his arrival for the upcoming Vinayagar Chathurthi festival. On the day of Vinayagar Chathurthi, the police of the village imposed 144 to prevent the entry of H. Raja and further communal fight that could be caused because of his statement.[26]

On September 17, 2019 H Raja announced his party would trouble the schools run by DMK leaders if opposition parties resorted to protest against ‘Hindi imposition’. Raja told this to media during his trip to Sirkazhi.[27]

Railway Board

Raja is the chairman of Passenger Amenities Committee[28] which addresses the grievances of the passengers and ensures cleanliness, hygiene and safety of the passengers. This committee approved the printing of passenger train tickets in regional languages such as Tamil, Telugu, Gujarati or Odia.[29]


Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly Elections

H. Raja had represented as MLA of Karaikudi in the Tamil Nadu Assembly from 2001 to 2006.[30]

Year Party Constituency Result Votes gained Vote %
2001 Bharatiya Janata Party Karaikudi Winner 54,093 48.40%
2006 Bharatiya Janata Party Alandur 4th place 9,298 3.27%[31]
2016 Bharatiya Janata Party  Thyagaraya Nagar 3rd place 19,888 14.01%[32]

Indian general elections (Lok Sabha)

H. Raja electoral performances in the Indian general elections (Lok Sabha).[33]

Year Election Party PC Name Result Votes gained Vote %
1999 13th Lok Sabha Bharatiya Janata Party  Sivaganga Runner 2,22,267 36.34%
2014 16th Lok Sabha Bharatiya Janata Party  Sivaganga 3rd place 1,33,763 13.02%
2019 17th Lok Sabha Bharatiya Janata Party  Sivaganga 2nd place 2,33,860 21.56%

Scouts and Guides Elections 2017

H.Raja contested in Bharat Scouts and Guides (Tamil Nadu) in 2017 for the post of president and managed to secure only 52 of the 286 votes polled (18.18%) and lost against P.Mani who got 234 votes (81.82%). However Raja refused to accept his defeat and said the election has to be countermanded.[34]


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  2. ^ "Raja assures more passenger amenities". The Hindu. 29 September 2017. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  3. ^ "Mentions his date of birth here at 7:26 ". YouTube. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  4. ^ a b c Bureau, Madurai; Bureau, Madurai (22 March 2014). "Profile of BJP candidates". The Hindu. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  5. ^ "Tweets his official voter ID name as Hariharan Raja". Twitter. Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  6. ^ "Nithyananda Peetham, Bengaluru Aadheenam | Nithya Satsang with With H Raja, Sri Gnanaprakashaswamigal and Honoured Dignitaries". 27 March 2018. Retrieved 15 October 2019.
  7. ^ "H Raja is the best BJP can offer to TN, and that's why the party will continue to fail". The news minute. 9 March 2018. Retrieved 15 October 2019.
  8. ^ Staff (7 March 2018). "ஹரிஹர ராஜா ஷர்மா என்கிற எச். ராஜா பற்றி பலரும் அறியாத உண்மைகள்!". Tamil Boldsky (in Tamil). Retrieved 2 October 2019.
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  12. ^ "Lok Sabha Election result 2019: Congress' Karti Chidambaram takes a lead in Tamil Nadu's Sivaganga; BJP's H Raja trails". Retrieved 9 January 2020.
  13. ^ "If he's a patriot, D Raja should demand communists to shoot, kill his daughter: BJP's H Raja". 22 February 2016. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  14. ^ a b "Mersal row: BJP leader H Raja steps up attack on 'Joseph' Vijay, makes his voter ID card public". 23 October 2017. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  15. ^ "Whoever works on Tipu Sultan movie is anti-Indian". Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  16. ^ Puthiya Thalaimurai TV (29 March 2017). "VISUALS - BJP H Raja Slams Media Reporter as "Anti-National"". YouTube. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  17. ^ "HC wants to know if Raja underwent psychiatry analysis - Tamil News". 23 March 2018. Retrieved 6 October 2019.
  18. ^ "ஹெச்.ராஜாவை மனநல பரிசோதனைக்கு அனுப்ப கோரும் வழக்கு - உயர்நீதிமன்றம் நோட்டீஸ்". News18 Tamil. 22 March 2018. Retrieved 2 October 2019.
  19. ^ "Venkaiah slams TN BJP leader's comments on Raja's daughter". Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  20. ^ S, Mohamed Imranullah (3 December 2014). "Police file case against BJP's H. Raja". The Hindu – via
  21. ^ "HC directs city police to register FIR against H Raja".
  22. ^ "BJP's Raja loses Tamilnadu Scouts and Guides poll - Times of India".
  23. ^ "Vijay's 'Mersal' row: Vishal asks BJP leader H Raja how he could watch pirated version of movie".
  24. ^ "BJP leader H Raja gives communal twist to Mersal fracas". 24 October 2017.
  25. ^ "After Lenin statue razed in Tripura, TN BJP members warn Periyar is next". 6 March 2018.
  26. ^ "எச்.ராஜாவிற்கு எதிராக ஒன்னு சேர்ந்த திமுக, அதிமுக! அதிருப்தியான எச்.ராஜா!". nakkheeran. Retrieved 6 September 2019.
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  33. ^ Sivaganga, Special Correspondent (24 May 2019). "H. Raja suffers yet another defeat". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 23 August 2019.
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