Sahib Singh Verma
|Lt Sahib Singh Verma|
March 15, 1943|
Delhi, British India
|Died||June 30, 2007
|Cause of death||Car accident|
|Political party||Bharatiya Janata Party|
|Children||2 sons, 3 daughters|
Sahib Singh Verma (March 15, 1943, Mundka Village, Outer Delhi – June 30, 2007) was an Indian politician and the former senior vice-president of the Bharatiya Janata Party. He served as Chief Minister of Delhi (1996–1998) and was member of 13th Lok Sabha, Parliament of India (1999–2004). He also served as the Union Labour Minister of India.
He began his socio-political journey as a volunteer in the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and later climbed the ranks in politics. He had also served the World Jat Aryan Foundation, as its former president.
He has a Ph.D. degree in Library Science, and started work as librarian in Bhagat Singh College, Delhi. He also holds a master's degree in Arts, (M.A.) and also in Library Science from Aligarh Muslim University.
In 1977 he was elected to the Municipal Corporation of Delhi and took the Oath as a Councillor by the hands of legendary Freedom Fighter Guru Radha Kishan.
Initially won as a Janata Party candidate he was re-elected on a BJP ticket. He became the Education and Development Minister in the Delhi government in 1993. In 1996, after Madan Lal Khurana was embroiled in a corruption crisis, Sahib Singh became the Chief Minister of Delhi despite Khurana being acquitted by the courts. Singh served as CM for two and a half years, facing increasing rivalry from Khurana. Following an onion price crisis, he was replaced by Sushma Swaraj.
Subsequently, he won the Lok Sabha elections, 1999 from Outer Delhi with a margin of over two lakh votes. In 2002, he became Minister of Labour in the Vajpayee government, and was known as "bull in a China shop" for standing up against the bureaucrats against lowering the Provident Fund interest rate. However, he was defeated in the 2004 polls.
He died in a road accident in Rajasthan. Verma was returning to Delhi after laying a foundation stone for a school in Neem Ka Thana in Sikar district.
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Madan Lal Khurana
|Chief Minister of the Delhi