Rahul Ramesh Shewale, Mumbai South Central: Active parliamentarian, Shiv Sena MP seeks second term


Rahul Ramesh Shewale interacts with citizens in the local train. Credits: Facebook/ RahulShewale

Rahul Ramesh Shewale is with the Shiv Sena Party and is the incumbent Member of Parliament from Mumbai South Central constituency. He defeated the sitting MP Eknath Gaikwad from the Congress in the 2014 lok Sabha polls, with a margin of 1,38,180 votes. While Shewale secured 381008 votes Gaikwad got 242828 votes.

The stage this time is set for yet another battle between Shewale and Gaikwad, and 28 other contestants from the South Central Constituency.

First-time MP in 2014, Rahul had been Chairman of the standing committee of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) for four terms till 2014. He is an active parliamentarian, as his reports on attendance, number of questions asked and debates far exceed both the state and national averages.

Personal Information

  • Age– 46
  • Party– Shiv Sena
  • Profession – Civil contractor, Consultant
  • Education Qualification –  Diploma Course (Civil Engineering) at Government Polytechnic of India, Mumbai
  • Email – rr.shewale@sansad.nic.in
  • Contact No- 022-2558224, 9869029537, 07718023277
  • Address–  Shivtirth, 10B/12, B.A.R.C, New Mandala Colony, Opp Gate no 6, Sion – Trombay Road, Mumbai – 400088, Maharashtra.
  • Facebook@RRShewale
  • Twitter– @shewale_rahul

Source- myneta.info, LokSabha

Assets and Liabilities

Assets 2014 2019
Movable 1,21,04,397 1,01,37,047(self) + 21,44,316(spouse)
Immovable Nil 60,00,000 (spouse)
Total 1,21,04,397 18,281,363
Liabilities 1,05,02,345 Nil

All figures in INR. Source: ECI, myneta.info

Pending Criminal Cases: Nil

Rahul Ramesh Shewale from Shiv sena Party files his nomination. Credits: Facebook/ RahulShewale

Positions held

  • 2010 – 2014:  Chairman, Standing Committee, Mumbai Municipal Corporation.
  • May 2014: Elected to 16th Lok Sabha
  • 1 Sep 2014 onwards: Member, Standing Committee on Urban Development and Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers
  • 27 April 2015 onwards: Member, Railway Convention Committee (R C C)

Source: Lok Sabha

MP in Parliament

Rahul Ramesh Shewale has fared well in the lower house, with an attendance higher than the state and national average. He has introduced eight private member’s bills during his tenure.

MP Attendance No of Debates No of questions asked Private Member’s bill
Rahul Ramesh Shewale 94% 208 847 8
National Average 80% 67.1 293 2.3
State (Maharashtra Average) 78% 68.6 607 4.8

Source- PRS Legislative Research

Some of the debates that Rahul Ramesh Shewale has participated in relate to

Rahul Ramesh Shewale’s 8 private members’ bills are pending in the Parliament, a few important ones being. 

MPLAD funds

Rahul Ramesh Shewale had made recommendations worth Rs 8.03 crore, out of which none appears to have sanctioned, as per the log of the Ministry of Statistics and Program Implementation website. It is also uncertain whether the information was not updated.  

The MP had made recommendations for 140 projects regarding:

  • Construction of public toilets
  • Construction of footpaths and bus sheds
  • Setting up public libraries and reading rooms
  • Piped drinking water supply
  • Public works for sports activities
Recommended amount Rs 8,03,88,013
Sanctioned amount Zero (or not updated on website)
Utilisation amount Zero (or not uploaded on website)

Source: Ministry of Statistics and Program Implementation, GOI

MP in the news

In July 2017, a five-member Railway convention committee comprised of Rahul Ramesh Shewale (Mumbai South), Nana Falgunrao Patole (Bhandra Gondiya), K Ashok Kumar (Krishnagiri), Bhartruhari Mahtab (Cuttack) and Kamalbhan Singh Marabi (Chhattisgarh) ordered the completion of numerous railway projects in South Western Railway zone. The committee reportedly pulled up the officials of the railway zone for the slow completion of various projects.

In 2014, Rahul Ramesh Shewale was in the news when Shiv Sena party  replaced him with Yashodhar Phanse as Standing Committee Chairman of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). It may be noted Rahul held the position for four consecutive years. The standing committee is a crucial position that deals with financial matters of the civic body.

The Free Press Journal assessed the on-ground performance of Rahul Ramesh Shewale by speaking to a few locals from his constituency. Residents said that the MP was not seen on the ground, during the past five years. “He did not respond to our written grievances,” said Gaurang Vora, resident of Chembur.

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