Manoj Sonkar Wiki, Age, Caste, Wife, Family, Biography & More

Manoj Sonkar is an Indian politician who is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He gained attention in 2024 when he was elected as the Mayor of Chandigarh.

Wiki/Biography

Manoj Sonkar aka Manoj Kumar aka Manoj Kumar Sonkar was born in Chandigarh, India. As per one source, he was born on Wednesday, 15 February 1984 (age 40 years; as of 2024), and as per another source, he was born on Friday, 15 February 1985 (age 39 years; as of 2024). His zodiac sign is Aquarius. A few months before his birth, his family moved from Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh to Chandigarh. He studied till 7th standard at a government school in Chandigarh following which he dropped out of school to support his family after the death of his father. He later pursued a career in politics.

Manoj Sonkar before joining politics

Manoj Sonkar before joining politics

Physical Appearance

Height (approx.): 5′ 9″

Weight (approx.): 65 kg

Hair Colour: Black

Eye Colour: Dark brown

Manoj Sonkar physical appearance

Family & Caste

He belongs to a lower-middle-class family of Khatik caste, categorized as SC (Scheduled Caste) in most states of India.

Parents & Siblings

His father, Jagdish Kumar, was a fruit seller and died when Manoj was 15 or 16 years old. He has an elder brother named Soman Sonkar who works in the liquor business and real estate sectors and owns a chicken shop as well.

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Manoj Sonkar (left) with his elder brother, Soman Sonkar (right)

Manoj Sonkar (left) with his elder brother, Soman Sonkar (right)

Wife & Children

His wife, Chinki, is a homemaker. He has two daughters.

Manoj Sonkar with his wife and daughters

Manoj Sonkar with his wife and daughters

Other Relatives

He has a brother-in-law (his wife’s brother) named Sagar Sonkar who is a member of the Indian Youth Congress.

Manoj Sonkar's brother-in-law, Sagar Sonkar

Manoj Sonkar’s brother-in-law, Sagar Sonkar

Religion

He follows Hinduism.

Manoj Sonkar doing a pooja

Manoj Sonkar doing a pooja

Address

House no. 3450, Mauli Jagran Complex, Chandigarh

Signature

Manoj Sonkar's signature

Manoj Sonkar’s signature

Career

In October 2021, he was made Vice President of Chandigarh SC Morcha of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Manoj Sonkar (in green) when he became the state vice-president of BJP SC Morcha of Chandigarh

Manoj Sonkar (in green) when he became the state vice-president of BJP SC Morcha of Chandigarh

He contested Chandigarh Municipal Corporation elections from ward number 7 (Mauli Jagran and Vikas Nagar) in December 2021 as a BJP candidate and won the elections by 784 votes, becoming a Municipal Councillor.

Manoj Sonkar after becoming the Municipal Councillor

Manoj Sonkar after becoming the Municipal Councillor

He won the Chandigarh Mayor elections in 2024 by defeating Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate, Kuldeep Singh Teeta, who was also supported by Indian National Congress (INC). Sonkar got 16 votes while Teeta got 12 votes, and 8 votes were declared invalid by presiding officer, Anil Masih. When Manoj was asked about the controversy about the mayoral elections, he replied that the opposition was creating a ruckus to hide the loss caused due to their actions. He also spoke about his priorities as Mayor and said that clearing the Dadu Majra garbage dump and the welfare of the city would be his priority.

Manoj Sonkar (centre) with Kirron Kher (left) after becoming the mayor of Chandigarh

Manoj Sonkar (centre) with Kirron Kher (left) after becoming the mayor of Chandigarh

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Bike Collection

He owns a Royal Enfield motorcycle of a 2016 model.

Car Collection

Manoj Sonkar owns a Maruti Suzuki Swift (2016 model) car.

Salary

His income for the financial year 2020-2021 was Rs 2,85,750 (approx. Rs 2 lakh 85 thousand). It excludes the income of his wife and dependents (minors).

Assets & Properties

Movable Assets

  • Investment in NSS, Postal Savings, and Insurance Policies: Rs. 2,00,000
  • Motor Vehicles: Rs. 4,50,000

Immovable Assets

  • Residential Buildings: Rs. 1, 30,00,000 (H.No. 618, Sector 12-A, Panchkula)

Note: The given estimates of movable and immovable assets are according to the year 2021. It excludes the assets owned by his wife and dependents (minor).

Net Worth

Sonkar’s net worth for the financial year 2020-2021 was Rs. 1,19,89,590 (approx. Rs 1 crore 19 lakh). It excludes the net worth of his wife and dependents (minors).

Piercings

He has got both ears pierced.

Manoj Sonkar's ear piercing

Manoj Sonkar’s ear-piercing

Facts/Trivia

  • His followers and friends fondly call him by his nickname Mannu (also spelt as Manu).
  • In September 2022, his brother, Soman Sonkar, was issued a show-cause notice for running a liquor vend from two merged flats (1800 and 1881) which were allotted to him by the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB). Although Manoj was rumoured to be involved in the liquor business, he denied it when reporters asked him about his brother’s actions and said that his brother runs the business independently.
  • He likes travelling to hill stations with his family.
    Manoj Sonkar during a trip with his family

    Manoj Sonkar during a trip with his family

  • He likes playing cricket and often plays in amateur cricket tournaments.
    Manoj Sonkar (left) during a cricket tournament

    Manoj Sonkar (left) during a cricket tournament

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