Lal Singh Chaudhary (politician)

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Chaudhary Lal Singh
Ex- Minister for Forest,Environment, Ecology of J&K [1]

Assumed office
1 March 2015

Term ends:14 April 2018
Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed
Preceded by President's Rule
Succeeded by Rajeev Jasrotia
Member of J&K Legislative Assembly from Basholi[2]
Personal details
Born (1959-02-02) 2 February 1959 (age 59)
Nationality Indian
Political party Bharatiya Janata Party
Spouse(s) Kanta Andotra, Divy Partap Singh
Residence Kathua, Jammu and Kashmir

Chaudhary Lal Singh (born 2 February 1959) is an Indian politician and a member of the 12th Legislative Assembly of Jammu and Kashmir. He was Minister for Forest,Environment, Ecology of J&K in PDP-BJP coalition government in J&K.[3] He represents the Basohli constituency in Jammu and Kashmir Assembly and is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party .

Political career[edit]

Singh started his political career as a student leader. He was elected as MLA from Basholi constituency in 1996 J&K Assembly elections. He was re-elected as MLA from Basholi in 2002 J&K Assembly Elections. He was inducted into state cabinet as Minister for Health and Medical Education in Congress-PDP coalition government. After that he was elected as MP in 14th Lok Sabha in 2004 from Udhampur constituency. He was again elected as MP from there in 15th Lok Sabha in 2009.[4]

Change in Political Affiliation[edit]

In August 2014 , Singh parted ways with Congress after being denied ticket as Congress candidate during 16th Lok Sabha elections. He formally joined Bhartiya Janata Party in presence of BJP President Amit Shah at a function in Kathua.[5]

Controversy[edit]

In March 2015, a female doctor in J&K sought the registration of a criminal case against Singh for allegedly misbehaving with her in public. Dr. Gurmeet Kour, registrar of the state-run Hospital for Psychiatry Diseases, said Minister for Health and Medical Education Choudhary Lal Singh shouted at her in public, leaving her "mentally harassed and wrecked". Singh claimed that was an attempt to prevent him from bringing an improvement in the health facilities in J&K.[6] In July 2015, Singh was criticised for touching the collar of a female doctor in a government hospital in Kashmir.[7] In 2018 he attended a mass rally in support of the demand of CBI inquiry in Kathua Rape and Murder case as local residents alleged large-scale discrepancies in the Inquiry done by Kashmir Crime Branch. He resigned and started a campaign demanding impartial and fair investigation in the matter[8].[9]

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