Bhagat Singh Koshyari

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Bhagat Singh Koshyari
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Bhagat Singh Koshyari at a seminar organised by Bharat-Tibbat Sahayog Manch
2nd Chief Minister of Uttarakhand
In office
30 October 2001 – 1 March 2002
Preceded by Nityanand Swami
Succeeded by N. D. Tiwari
Member of Parliament
for Nainital-Udhamsingh Nagar
Assumed office
16 May 2014
Preceded by K. C. Singh Baba
Personal details
Born 17 June 1942 (1942-06-17) (age 75)
Bageshwar, United Provinces, British India
Political party Bharatiya Janata Party
Alma mater Agra University
Occupation Teacher

Bhagat Singh Koshyari (born 17 June 1942) is an Indian politician, and a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from Uttarakhand. RSS veteran Koshyari served as National Vice President of BJP and party's 1st State president for Uttarakhand. He also served as 2nd Chief Minister of Uttarakhand (formerly Uttaranchal) from 2001 to 2002 and thereafter, he was the leader of the opposition of the Uttarakhand Legislative Assembly from 2002 to 2007. He has also served as a MLC in Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council (when Uttarakhand was part of undivided Uttar Pradesh) and MLA in Uttarakhand Legislative Assembly. Later Served as an MP in Rajya Sabha from 2008 to 2014 from Uttarakhand and presently MP in the 16th Lok Sabha from Nainital-Udhamsingh Nagar constituency, earning him the distinction of being elected in both houses of state legislative assembly and both houses of national parliament respectively.

Personal and professional life[edit]

Bhagat Singh Koshyari was born on 17 June 1942 to Gopal Singh Koshyari and Motima Devi at Palanadhura Chetabgarh, Bageshwar District, Uttarakhand.[1]

Koshyari holds a master's degree in English and studied at Almora College, Almora of Agra University, now S.S.J. Campus Almora of Kumaon University. During this period, Koshyari was also a general secretary of the students' union of Almora College, Almora, between 1961-62. He has also represented the Executive Council of Kumaon University, during 1979-82, 1982–85 and 1988-91.[1]

He has had a successful career as a teacher and journalist. He had worked as a lecturer at Raja Inter College, Raja Ka Rampur, Etah district, Uttar Pradesh for few years. Koshyari is a founder and managing editor of Parvat Piyush, a weekly published from Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand since 1975. He has also published two books, Uttaranchal Pradesh Kyun? and Uttaranchal Sangharsh Evam Samadhan.[1]

Political career[edit]

He joined the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). He took part in the struggle against the Emergency and was imprisoned he was detained in Almora and Fatehgarh Central Jail under the Maintenance of Internal Security Act (MISA), from 3 July 1975 to 23 March 1977.[1]

In May 1997 he became a member of Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council, the upper house of legislature of Uttar Pradesh. In 2000, he was appointed minister of Energy, Irrigation, Law, and Legislative Affairs of the newly created state of Uttaranchal. In 2001 he replaced Nityanand Swami as the chief minister of Uttarakhand.[2] He has also served as the President of the BJP of his state. As a result of his party's defeat in the 2002 Assembly elections, he resigned in March 2002 as the chief minister. However, he was elected from Kapkot assembly constituency,[3][4] and became the leader of the opposition of the Uttarakhand Legislative Assembly, till 2007.

In the 2007 Assembly elections in Uttarakhand, he was elected again from Kapkot assembly constituency.[4][5] However, despite the BJP's victory, Koshyari was deprived of the Chief Minister's post by his chief rival, Bhuwan Chandra Khanduri. Media reports have cited that the BJP's central leadership was biased for Bhuwan Chandra Khanduri, despite his support from the RSS and a majority of the elected MLAs. In November 2008 he was elected a member of the Rajya Sabha from Uttarakhand and remained a member till his election to the Lok Sabha in 2014.[6] He has been appointed a national vice president of BJP and also BJP chief in Uttarakhand .[7]

In the 2014 Indian general election, he was elected to the 16th Lok Sabha from Nainital-Udhamsingh Nagar, Lok Sabha constituency.[8]

Social activities[edit]

He founded various schools in Uttarakhand[9] (Saraswati Shishu Mandir, Pithoragarh, Vivekanand Vidya Mandir Inter College, Pithoragarh; and Saraswati Vihar Higher Secondary School, Nainital).

See also[edit]

Koshyari Committee Report On Grant Of One Rank One Pension


  1. ^ a b c d "Shri Bhagat Singh Koshyari - Members of Parliament (Rajya Sabha)". National Portal of India. Retrieved 2014-05-28. 
  2. ^ "Former Chief Ministers". Official Website Of the Chief Minister Of Uttarakhand, India. Retrieved 2014-05-28. 
  3. ^ "1st Vidhan Sabha Members (Hindi)". Uttarakhand Legislative Assembly. Retrieved 2014-05-28. 
  4. ^ a b "State Elections 2002, 2007 - Partywise Comparison for 42-Kapkot Constituency of Uttarakhand". Election Commission of India. Retrieved 2014-05-28. 
  5. ^ "2nd Vidhan Sabha Members (Hindi)". Uttarakhand Legislative Assembly. Retrieved 2014-05-28. 
  6. ^ "List of Former Members of Rajya Sabha (Term Wise)". Rajya Sabha website. Retrieved 2014-05-28. no. 482: 26/11/2008 to 25/11/2014 
  7. ^ "Bhagat Singh Koshyari likely to be next Uttarakhand BJP chief". The Times of India. 22 January 2013. Retrieved 2014-05-28. 
  8. ^ "GENERAL ELECTION TO LOK SABHA TRENDS & RESULT 2014 -UT". Archived from the original on 27 May 2014. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  9. ^ Shri Bhagat Singh Koshyari Member Of Parliament

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Preceded by
Nityanand Swami
Chief Minister of Uttarakhand
Succeeded by
N. D. Tiwari