Balram Das Tandon

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Balram Das Tandon
बलराम दास टंडन
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Balram Das Tandon
Governor of Chhattisgarh
Assumed office
25 July 2014
Preceded by Ram Naresh Yadav
Deputy Chief Minister Of Punjab
In office
Personal details
Born 1 November 1927 (age 89)

Balram Das Tandon (born 1 November 1927) is an Indian politician and the present Governor of Chhattisgarh.[1] In his adult hood for some years he was a pracharak of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), and a leader of Bharatiya Janata Party from Punjab.[2]

Political career[edit]

He was deputy chief minister in the Justice (retd) Gurnam Singh Akali Dal-Jan Sangh ministry in 1969-70 . He also served as cabinet minister in 1977-79 and in 1997-2002 in the ministries headed by Parkash Singh Badal. Tandon was a founding member of the Jan Sangh in 1951, and served as secretary of Punjab Jan Sangh from 1951 to 1957, and as president of the Punjab BJP from 1995-97. He was elected to Punjab Legislative Assembly from Amritsar in 1960,1962,1967,1969, and 1977, and from Rajpura in 1997. He was imprisoned in 1975 during the Emergency for 19 months.[3] On July 14, 2014 he was named as the next Governor of Chhattisgarh.[1][2]

Family Life[edit]

His wife Brijpal Tandon, who was also an activist in the freedom movement, got married to him in 1958. He has two daughters, Alka Kawatra & Poonam Batra who reside in New Delhi and son, Sanjay Tandon, who is also part of the political framework for BJP, Chandigarh. He is the currently the President of the local organisation.