Sahib Singh Verma

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Lt Sahib Singh Verma
4th Chief Minister of Delhi
In office
26 February 1996 - 12 October 1998
Preceded by Madan Lal Khurana
Succeeded by Sushma Swaraj
Personal details
Born (1943-03-15)15 March 1943
Mundka, Delhi, Punjab, India
Died 30 June 2007(2007-06-30) (aged 64)
Rājasthān, India
Political party Bharatiya Janata Party
Children 2 sons, 3 daughters
Religion Hindu

Sahib Singh Verma (15 March 1943, Mundka Village, Outer Delhi – 30 June 2007) was an Indian politician and the former senior vice-president of the Bharatiya Janata Party.[1] He served as Chief Minister of Delhi (1996–1998) and was member of 13th Lok Sabha, Parliament of India (1999–2004).[2] He also served as the Union Labour Minister of India.[3]

He died on 30 June 2007, when his car collided with a truck near Jonaicha khurd, Shahajahanpur on the Jaipur-Delhi highway (NH-8).

Life[edit]

Sahib Singh was born in a Hindu JAT[3] family of Lakra clan, on 15 March 1943 in Mundka village, Delhi to Mir Singh, a farmer, and Bharpai Devi.

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.[4]

He has a PhD degree in Library Science, and started work as librarian in Bhagat Singh College, Delhi.[5] He also holds a master's degree in Arts, (M.A.) and also in Library Science from Aligarh Muslim University.

Married in 1954 to Sahib Kaur, he has two sons and three daughters.[2] His son Pravesh Verma was the BJP candidate in the 2013 Delhi assembly election for Mehrauli & won the seat by defeating Delhi Vidhan Sabha Speaker Yoganand Shastri.In Indian general election, 2014,Pravesh Verma won the election from West Delhi Lok Sabha Constituency by a record margin of 2,68,586 votes.[6]

Political career[edit]

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[7] despite Khurana being acquitted by the courts. Singh served as CM for two and a half years, facing increasing rivalry from Khurana.[8] 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.[9] 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.[8] However, he was defeated in the 2004 polls.

Verma was respected among the teacher community of Delhi. He was the owner of a national Hindi daily newspaper called Haribhumi.

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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of Office Bearers". BJP. Archived from the original on 8 April 2007. Retrieved 1 July 2007. 
  2. ^ a b "Biographical Sketch Member of Parliament 13th Lok Sabha". 
  3. ^ a b Ranjan, Amitav (21 September 2003). "Sahib Singh wanted to visit Serbia to meet fellow Jats". The Indian Express. Retrieved 11 May 2013. 
  4. ^ Tribune News Service (23 September 2007). "Navjot Sidhu calls for Jat unity". The Tribune (Dharamsala). Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
  5. ^ "Former Delhi CM Sahib Singh Verma dies in road accident". Deccan Herald. 30 June 2007. Archived from the original on 2 July 2007. Retrieved 4 July 2007. 
  6. ^ Kant, Vishal (17 May 2014). "Pravesh Verma conquers West Delhi by record margin". The Hindu. 
  7. ^ The Hindu
  8. ^ a b "Sahib Singh Verma dies in road accident". Zee News. 30 June 2007. Retrieved 4 July 2007. 
  9. ^ Swarup, Harihar (10 October 1999). "Long-standing rivals now compete for Cabinet berths". Tribune India. 

http://www.deccanherald.com/Content/Jun302007/national2007063010305.asp?section=updatenews

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Political offices
Preceded by
Madan Lal Khurana
Chief Minister of the Delhi
1996-97
Succeeded by
Sushma Swaraj