Ajit Singh (politician)

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Ajit Singh
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
In office
1989–2014
Preceded bySompal Shastri
Succeeded bySatyapal Singh
In office
1989–1998
Preceded byChaudhary Charan Singh
Succeeded bySompal Shastri
ConstituencyBaghpat, Uttar Pradesh
Minister of Civil Aviation
In office
18 December 2011 – 26 May 2014
Prime MinisterManmohan Singh
Preceded byVayalar Ravi
Succeeded byAshok Gajapathi Raju
Minister of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare
In office
22 July 2001 – 24 May 2003
Prime MinisterAtal Bihari Vajpayee
Preceded byNitish Kumar
Succeeded byRajnath Singh
Cabinet Minister for Food Processing Industries
In office
February 1995 – May 1996
Prime MinisterP. V. Narasimha Rao
Preceded byTarun Gogoi
Succeeded byDilip kumar Ray
Minister of Commerce and Industry
In office
5 December 1989 – 10 November 1990
Prime MinisterV. P. Singh
Preceded byDinesh Singh
Succeeded byPranab Mukherjee
Personal details
Born (1939-02-12) 12 February 1939 (age 80)
Meerut, United Provinces, British India
Political partyRashtriya Lok Dal
Other political
affiliations
Janata Dal
Spouse(s)Radhika Singh (m.1967)
ChildrenJayant Chaudhary and 2 Daughters
MotherGayatri Devi
FatherCharan Singh
Residence244/2, Shivaji Road, Meerut - 220001Uttar Pradesh
Alma materB.Sc from Lucknow University, B.Tech from IIT Kharagpur & M.S from Illinois Institute of Technology, USA

Ajit Singh (born 12 February 1939) is an Indian politician. He is the founder and chief of the Rashtriya Lok Dal, a political party recognized in western part of state of Uttar Pradesh, and son of former Prime Minister of India late Chaudhary Charan Singh.[1] He was born on 12 February 1939 at village Bhadola in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh.

Political career[edit]

Ajit singh was first elected to Rajya Sabha (the upper house of Indian Parliament) in 1986 after his father and former prime minister Ch Charan Singh became Ill. He was the President of Lok Dal (A) and Janata Party during 1987 and 1988, respectively. In 1989, he was General Secretary of Janata Dal after all the parties decided to merge under the leadership of VP Singh to take on the congress. Ajit Singh brought in most political strength from Uttar Pradesh to VP Singh during that election.[1]. At several occasions throughout his political career, Ajit Singh has been a significant political figure in government formations as well as alliances.

He was elected to Lok Sabha (the lower house of Indian Parliament) from Baghpat in 1989. He was Minister of Industry in V. P. Singh's cabinet from December 1989 to November 1990.[1] He was re-elected to Lok Sabha in Indian general election, 1991. He served as Minister of Food in P. V. Narasimha Rao's cabinet.[1]

Ajit Singh was re-elected in 1996 but lost in 1998. He then founded Rashtriya Lok Dal and was re-elected in 1998 (bye-election) 1999, 2004 and 2009.

From 2001 to 2003, he was Minister of Agriculture in Atal Bihari Vajpayee's government.[1]

After his party joined the ruling United Progressive Alliance in 2011, he was Minister of Civil Aviation from December 2011 to May 2014.[1]

He is the Cadidate of muzaffarnagar from RLD party[2]

Education[edit]

He is a B.Tech(Computer Science) from IIT Kharagpur and M.S. from Illinois Institute of Technology. He was a computer scientist by profession and one of the first Indians to work with IBM in the 1960s.[1]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Radhika Singh, and has one son and two daughters.[1] His son Jayant Chaudhary, was a member of 15th Lok Sabha from Mathura, Uttar Pradesh.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Official biographical sketch in Parliament of India website". Archived from the original on 1 February 2013. Retrieved 7 July 2010.
  2. ^ https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/rld-chief-ajit-singh-files-nomination-from-ups-muzaffarnagar-2012721

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