Raman Singh

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Raman Singh
The former Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, Dr. Raman Singh.jpg
National Vice President of the
Bharatiya Janata Party
Assumed office
9 January 2019
2nd Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh
In office
7 December 2003 – 17 December 2018
Preceded byAjit Jogi
Succeeded byBhupesh Baghel
Member of Chhattisgarh Legislative Assembly
Assumed office
7 December 2008
Preceded byUday Mudliyar
In office
January 2004 – 7 December 2008
Preceded byPradeep Gandhi
Succeeded byKheduram Sahu
Minister of State for Commerce and Industry
In office
13 December 1999 – 29 January 2003
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
In office
Preceded byMotilal Vora
Succeeded byPradeep Gandhi
Member of Legislative Assembly, Madhya Pradesh
In office
Preceded byRani Shashi Prabha Devi
Succeeded byYogeshwar Raj Singh
Personal details
Born (1952-10-15) 15 October 1952 (age 68)[1]
Kawardha, Madhya Pradesh (now in Chhattisgarh), India
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
Spouse(s)Veena Singh
Children2; including Abhishek Singh

Raman Singh (born 15 October 1952) is an Indian politician and Former Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh. Currently, he is the National Vice-President of the Bharatiya Janata Party.[2] He is also an ayurvedic practitioner. He is also the longest serving CM of Chhattisgarh for 15 years.


Raman Singh was born in Kawardha to Vighnaharan Singh Thakur, an advocate, and Sudha Singh. After completion of schooling, he graduated from Government Science College, Bemetara in 1972. In year 1975 he also studied Ayurvedic Medicine at Government Ayurvedic College, Raipur.[3]

Political career[edit]

Singh joined the Bharatiya Jan Sangh as a youth member and was the president of youth wing in Kawardha in 1976-77. He progressed to become a councillor of Kawardha municipality in 1983.[1]

He was elected to Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly consecutively in 1990 and 1993 from Kawardha (Vidhan Sabha constituency). In 1999 he was elected to the 13th Lok Sabha from the Rajnandgaon constituency in Chhattisgarh. In the government of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Singh became the Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry from 1999 to 2003. He was later named as President of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the new state of Chhattisgarh, and led the party to a victory in the 2003 state Assembly elections.[4] With the other main contender for the Chief Minister's post, Dilip Singh Judeo, caught in the midst of a scam, the BJP leadership named Raman Singh as Chhattisgarh's second Chief Minister, and the first person to be elected to that post.[5] He entered Vidhan Sabha by contesting bypoll in 2004 from Dongargaon. He has won 3 successive Vidhan Sabha elections - in 2008, 2013, and 2018 - from Rajnandgaon seat.

He has received praise for his organisational abilities, as reflected in his state's position with regard to implementation of a programme to improve the conditions of Scheduled Tribes and Scheduled Castes. The United Nations has also recognised the work done in Chhattisgarh under his leadership and the fiscal management of the state is another aspect for which he is known.[5]

He banned naxalite organisations in Chhattisgarh in 2002 under the "Salwa Judum" initiative, a move supported by the opposition party as well, led by Mahendra Karma who was assassinated by naxalites on 25 May 2013.[6] Singh was sworn in for his second term on 12 December 2008.[7] On 8 December 2013 he was re-elected as the chief minister (CM) of the state. In August 2017,Chief Minister Raman Singh completed 5000 days as the Chief Minister of the state.[8] By introducing distribution of major commodities such as wheat,rice,sugar,and kerosene through a network of fair price shops called the public distribution system(PDS),Singh has earned nation wide popularity. As a move to encourage the start up culture and offering several incentives for start up entrepreneur he started the "Startup Chhattisgarh" scheme. His other initiatives include promotion of digital technology,interest free agricultural loans in addition to banning the naxal groups, which made him popular in Chhattisgarh. Singh's government had received attention for number of welfare measures like Medical care, food security, the Charan Paduka Yojana that entitles people to free shoes, the Saraswati Cycle Yojana that promises a free bicycle to school going girls, and Mukhya Mantri Teerth Yatra Yojana that allows the elderly to go on their desired pilgrimage, it had introduced in the course of the 15 odd years it had been power, despite poverty and agrarian distress for 18 years.[9]

BJP won the election in 2013 for his third tenure as a CM of Chhattisgarh.[10] After the loss of his party in the 2018 assembly elections, he resigned as the CM of Chhattisgarh on 11 December 2018.[11]

Electoral History[edit]

  • 1990 : MLA in Madhya Pradesh Vidhan Sabha, from Kawardha seat[12]
  • 1993 : MLA in Madhya Pradesh Vidhan Sabha, from Kawardha seat
  • 1998 : Lost Vidhan Sabha election from Kawardha (Vidhan Sabha constituency)
  • 1999 : Won Lok Sabha Election, from Rajnandgaon (Lok Sabha constituency)[12]
  • 2003 : Became Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, 2003-2018[13]
  • 2004 : MLA in Chhattisgarh Vidhan Sabha, from Dongargaon seat, via a by-poll
  • 2008 : MLA in Chhattisgarh Vidhan Sabha, from Rajnandgaon (Vidhan Sabha constituency)
  • 2013 : MLA in Chhattisgarh Vidhan Sabha, from Rajnandgaon
  • 2018 : MLA in Chhattisgarh Vidhan Sabha, from Rajnandgaon. And Leader of Opposition in Vidhan Sabha.
  • 2018 : EX.Chief Minister in Chhattisgarh


  1. ^ a b "Biodata: Dr. Raman Singh" (PDF). Government of Chhattisgarh. Retrieved 10 November 2013.
  2. ^ https://scroll.in/latest/909011/shivraj-singh-chouhan-raman-singh-and-vasundhara-raje-appointed-bjps-national-vice-presidents
  3. ^ "Raman Singh Biography - About family, political life, awards won, history". Elections.in. 10 November 2018. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  4. ^ "Governor invites Raman Singh". The Hindu. 6 December 2003. Archived from the original on 22 March 2004. Retrieved 10 November 2013.
  5. ^ a b Chhibber, Devika. "Chhattisgarh: CMs in the wings". Zee News. Archived from the original on 12 April 2013. Retrieved 10 November 2013.
  6. ^ Gupta, Smita (29 May 2013). "Congress to train its guns on Raman Singh". The Hindu. Retrieved 10 November 2013.
  7. ^ "CHHATTISGARH: Raman's clean image helped BJP". IBN Live. Archived from the original on 11 December 2008. Retrieved 10 November 2013.
  8. ^ "Raman Singh: Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh latest news, Photos and videos". The Times of India. Times of India. 10 February 2021. Retrieved 18 February 2021.
  9. ^ Adrija, Roychowdhury (12 December 2018). "Raman Singh: His development agenda lost against three terms of voter fatigue". The Indian Express. The Indian Express. Retrieved 18 February 2021.
  10. ^ Bagchi, Suvojit (19 November 2013). "A record 74.65% polling in Chhattisgarh phase-II". The Hindu – via www.thehindu.com.
  11. ^ RaipurDecember 11, IndiaToday in; December 11, 2018UPDATED; Ist, 2018 18:50. "Raman Singh resigns as Chhattisgarh CM, takes moral responsibility for loss". India Today. Retrieved 11 December 2018.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  12. ^ a b "How BJP's Longest Serving CM Raman Singh Lost The Plot In Chhattisgarh". Outlook. 11 December 2018. Retrieved 18 February 2021.
  13. ^ Rahul, Noronha (3 June 2020). "Dr Raman Singh (still) calls the shots". India Today. India Today. Retrieved 18 February 2021.
Lok Sabha
Preceded by
Motilal Vora
Member of Parliament
for Rajnandgaon

1999 – 2003
Succeeded by
Pradeep Gandhi
Political offices
Preceded by
Ajit Jogi
Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh
7 December 2003 – 16 December 2018
Succeeded by
Bhupesh Baghel

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