Sunder Singh Bhandari

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Sunder Singh Bhandari (Hindi: सुन्दर सिंह भण्डारी; 12 April 1921 – 22 June 2005) was an Indian politician. He was senior leader of Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) and a founder member of the Jan Sangh party.

Early life and education[edit]

He was born to Dr. Sujan Singhji Bhandari and Smt. Fulkanvarbaiji, a Jain family, in Udaipur in 1921 he had his school education at Sirohi and Udaipur and college education at Kanpur. He passed his Graduation degree in Law from S.D. College, Kanpur in the year 1941 and Post Graduation in Arts with Psychology from D.A.V. College, Kanpur in the year 1942.


He practised law at then Mewar High Court for some time before joining Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. He held numerous responsibilities in RSS. He was a founding member of Jan Sangh, a political party founded in 1951.

He served in various organisational posts in Jan Sangha and later in the BJP. He was the Vice President of BJP before he became the Governor. He was elected to Rajya Sabha from Rajasthan during 1966-1972 and from Uttar Pradesh in 1976 and also in 1992.

He was arrested at Delhi Railway station in 1976 when Indira Gandhi declared an internal emergency in India.

He was appointed Governor of Bihar in 1998. He served as the governor of Gujarat from March 18, 1999 to May 6, 2003. He died on June 22, 2005


Preceded by
K.G. Balakrishnan
Governor of the Gujarat
March 1999 – May 2003
Succeeded by
Kailashpati Mishra