Hukum Singh

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Hukum Singh
Hukum Singh.jpg
Member of parliament
for Kairana
In office
1 September 2014 – 3 February 2018
Preceded byBegum Tabassum Hasan
Succeeded byBegum Tabassum Hasan
ConstituencyKairana
Personal details
Born(1938-04-05)5 April 1938
Kairana, United Provinces, British India
Died3 February 2018(2018-02-03) (aged 79)[1]
Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India
Political partyBhartiya Janta Party (1996-2018)
Indian National Congress (1974-1996)
Spouse(s)Late Smt. Rewati Singh
Children5 daughters including Mriganka Singh
ResidenceKairana, Uttar Pradesh, India
Alma materAllahabad University (LL.B)
OccupationPolitician
As of 17 December, 2016
Source: [1]

Hukum Singh (5 April 1938 – 3 February 2018)[1] was a seasoned Indian politician who served as the Member of Parliament from Kairana in Uttar Pradesh.[2] He belonged to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He was a member of the Panel of Chairpersons of the 16th Lok Sabha,[3] and the Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Water Resources.[4]

Life[edit]

Hukum Singh belonged to Chauhan Gujjar community.[citation needed] He was previously been elected as a Member of the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly for seven terms (1974–77,1980–89,1996-2014).[5] He has also served as a Cabinet Minister in Uttar Pradesh governments under both BJP and the Congress.[6][7] He died on 3 February 2018 at a private hospital in Noida, Uttar Pradesh after suffering from severe breathing difficulties for a brief period.

Education and political career[edit]

A law graduate from Allahabad University, he cleared PCS (J) exams in 1963. But instead of becoming a judicial officer, he joined the Indian Army as a Commissioned Officer after 1962 Indo-China war. He participated in the 1965 Pakistan war as a Captain,[8] in the Poonch and Rajouri sectors in Kashmir. He then took voluntary retirement and started practicing Law in Muzaffarnagar in 1969.[9] He entered active politics in 1974, becoming an MLA for the first time on a Congress ticket. He went on to win Assembly elections seven times and held the post of deputy speaker of the Assembly from 1983 to 1985. He won his fourth term, as a BJP candidate, in 1996 and his first Lok Sabha elections in 2014.

Controversies[edit]

In September 2013, he was named in an FIR related to the Muzaffarnagar Riots because he attended the mahapanchayat which was held despite prohibitory orders.[10] He refuted allegations of inciting communal tensions by saying that he did not make any inflammatory speech and only attempted to calm down the assembled crowd.[11] In June 2016, he released a list of Hindu families and alleged that there had been a mass exodus of Hindus from his constituency due to the law and order situation.[12][13] His claims were later partially validated by a report of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).[14][15] However, later even the BJP accepted that the alleged Hindu exodus didn't take place.[16] Another report contradicted the NHRC findings.[17]

Parliamentary performance[edit]

Being the son of a farmer father, he understood and concerned himself with important issues related to farmers, education and infrastructure. He had participated in more debates than the national average and asked significant questions in the Parliament to bring attention towards problems affecting the people of his constituency.[18] Besides being the Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Water Resources, he is a Member of the Consultative Committee, Ministry of Home Affairs and also a Member of the General Purposes Committee.

Apart from participating in public meetings and Jan Andolans for the cause of social justice, Singh was also very active on social media[19] and in the Parliament.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "BJP MP Hukum Singh passes away - Times of India". timesofindia.com. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  2. ^ "PRS". www.prsindia.org. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  3. ^ "Parliament of India, Lok Sabha" (PDF). 164.100.47.194. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  4. ^ http://164.100.47.192/Loksabha/Committee/CommitteeInformation.aspx?comm_code=44&tab=1
  5. ^ "Members : Lok Sabha". 47.194. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Kairana row: Hukum Singh – Lawyer, MP, and now author of 'exodus' in UP". indianexpress.com. 15 June 2016. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  7. ^ "Hukum Singh: 1965 veteran, Congressman during Emergency and Ram Temple movement and now a BJP MP - Times of India". indiatimes.com. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  8. ^ "Hukum Singh - NewsPatrolling.com". www.newspatrolling.com. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  9. ^ "Man behind Kairana was soldier and judge". dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  10. ^ "I didn't incite violence in Muzaffarnagar: BJP MLA Hukum Singh". youtube.com. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  11. ^ NDTV (9 September 2013). "Made speech, wasn't inflammatory: Hukum Singh, linked to Muzaffarnagar violence". Retrieved 24 January 2017 – via YouTube.
  12. ^ "'Docile Hindus Become Easy Targets': The Shifting Claims Of Hukum Singh, MP". huffingtonpost.in. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  13. ^ "कैराना को कश्मीर बनाने की साजिश, पलायन कर गए 346 हिंदू परिवारः हुकुम सिंह– News18 हिंदी". news18.com. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  14. ^ "Exodus of Hindu families from Kairana a reality, finds NHRC probe report - Times of India". indiatimes.com. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  15. ^ "Kairana Exodus: The Maligned BJP MP Was Actually Right". swarajyamag.com. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  16. ^ "Calling It Hindu Exodus A Mistake By My Team: BJP MP On Kairana". NDTV.com. Retrieved 2018-06-01.
  17. ^ "Fake-xodus? Reports dispute BJP's claims on 'Kairana exodus' after probe - Firstpost". www.firstpost.com. Retrieved 2018-06-01.
  18. ^ a b "PRS". prsindia.org. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  19. ^ "Hukum Singh (@hukumbjp) - Twitter". twitter.com. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
Lok Sabha
Preceded by
Tabassum Hasan
Member of Parliament
for Kairana

2014 – 2018
Succeeded by
Tabassum Hasan