Saleem Iqbal Shervani born on 22 March 1953 is an Indian politician who has been with Indian National Congress for most of his career. He represented Badaun constituency in Uttar Pradesh in the 8th, 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th Lok Sabhas. A close ally of Rajiv Gandhi, he was the Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare from 1996 to 1997 and the Union Minister of State for External Affairs from 1997 to 1998 in the government led by the prime minister I.K. Gujral.
Shervani hails from a wealthy Pathan industrialist family of Allahabad. He is the owner of Neoli Sugar factory and president of Krishi Inter College. The Shervani family has a close association with Indira Gandhi and her father, and he had gone to Rajiv Gandhi to pay condolences, when Rajiv insisted that he fight the elections
Eventually the Badayun constituency was identified for him, and he won several elections there. Saleem Shervani left Congress to join the Samajwadi Party, in the wake of the Babri Masjid demolition.
However, in the Indian general election in Uttar Pradesh, 2009, the Samajwadi Party denied him a ticket in order to accommodate Mulayam Singh Yadav's nephew Dharmendra Yadav. Shervani then re-joined the Congress. Fighting the election from Badayun.
My mission is to work for the development of weaker section of the society without any barrier of religion, caste and color.
We all are born in different types of backgrounds some are rich some are poor but our aim in life should be to work for the underprivileged.