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Pt. Bhagwat Dayal Sharma
1st Chief Minister of Haryana
In office
1 November 1966 - 23 March 1967
Preceded byPosition Established
Succeeded byRao Birender Singh
Governor of Madhya Pradesh
In office
8 October 1983 - 14 May 1984
Preceded byG. P. Singh
Succeeded byKizhekethil Chandy
Governor of Madhya Pradesh
In office
10 July 1981 - 20 September 1983
Preceded byG. P. Singh
Succeeded byG. P. Singh
Governor of Madhya Pradesh
In office
17 August 1978 - 29 April 1980
Preceded byC. M. Poonacha
Succeeded byG. P. Singh
Governor of Odisha
In office
23 September 1977 - 30 April 1980
Preceded byHarcharan Singh Brar
Succeeded byCheppudira Muthana Poonacha
Personal details
Born26 January 1918
Beri, Punjab, India
Died22 February 1993
Political partyIndian National Congress
Pt. Bhagwat Dayal Sharma

Pt. Bhagwat Dayal Sharma (1918–1993), popularly known as Panditji, was the first Chief Minister of the Indian state of Haryana and later Governor of Odisha and Madhya Pradesh from 30 April 1980 to 14 May 1984.[1]

Personal life[edit]

He was born in Beri, a town in the Jhajjar district of Haryana on 26 January 1918. Bansi Lal, Bhajan Lal and many other noted politicians learned politics under his guidance.

Panditji married Savitri Devi and they had six children; three sons and three daughters. He was educated at Banaras Hindu University, Banaras. His eldest son Sh. Rajesh Sharma became Sports Minister of Haryana and Deputy Chairman of the State's Planning Board. After his wife Savitri's death, Panditji built "Savitri Nikunj", in her memory, an exotic garden with indigenous and rare plants and trees at Raj Bhawan in Bhopal.

Independence movement and political career[edit]

  • Participated in the freedom struggle from 1941–47
  • Awarded jail for 1 year in 1941
  • Awarded jail for 3.5 years in 1942
  • Member of Indian labourers delegation to ILO (Geneva) in 1957 and 1958
  • All-India Trade Union Congress (Punjab HP, J & K) Secretary and President in 1959-61
  • Member of Punjab Legislative Assembly and Minister of State for Labour and Cooperatives from 1962–66

Sharma became Chief Minister of Haryana on 10 March 1967 then resigned to be replaced by Rao Birender Singh on 24 March 1967.[2]

Appointed Governor of Odisha in 1977, during his time in the state, he became patron of many social and cultural institutions. To develop tourism in Odisha, he suggested that the summer Raj Bhavan at Puri should be converted to a high class hotel for international tourists with facilities for golf, swimming and tennis as well as a large hall for holding conferences. The Indian Tourist Development Corporation (ITDC) was subsequently asked to take up the venture. Sharma was also actively involved in the administrative committee of the Hindu Jagannath temple in Puri.

He subsequently transferred to Madhya Pradesh since the Odisha climate did not suit his health.

During his career, Panditji travelled to Switzerland, the UK, the USSR, Germany, USA, and a number of other European countries

Death[edit]

Pandiji died on 22 February 1993 because of gradual declining health and old age.[citation needed] Huge numbers of people from all over world attended his funeral. His cremation took place at Beri (the village, he was born at), Jhajjar, Haryana. A tomb place has been built at the site of his cremation in Beri.

Honors[edit]

Pt Bhagwat Dayal Sharma University of Health and Sciences, Rohtak was named after him.https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pandit_Bhagwat_Dayal_Sharma_Post_Graduate_Institute_of_Medical_Sciences

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Vidhan Sabha (Legislative Assembly), Madhya Pradesh, India". Archived from the original on 19 June 2009. Retrieved 22 May 2010.
  2. ^ Khanna, S.K. (1999). Contemporary Indian Politics. Discovery Publishing House. pp. 112–3. ISBN 978-81-7141-445-1.
Preceded by
C. M. Poonacha (first term);
G. P. Singh (second term)
G. P. Singh (third term)
Governor of Madhya Pradesh
30 April 1980 - 25 May 1981 (first term);
10 July 1981 - 20 September 1983 (second term);
8 October 1983 - 14 May 1984 (third term)
Succeeded by
G. P. Singh;
G. P. Singh (second term)
Kizhekethil Chandy(third term)
Preceded by
Cheppudira Muthanna Poonacha
Governor of Odisha
23 September 1977 - 30 April 1980
Succeeded by
Harcharan Singh Brar