Raman Singh

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Dr. Raman Singh
Dr Raman Singh at Press Club Raipur Mood 2.jpg
Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh
Assumed office
7 December 2003
Governor Balram Das Tandon
Preceded by Ajit Jogi
Constituency Rajnandgaon
Union Minister of State Commerce and Industry
In office
13 December 1999 – 29 January 2003
Personal details
Born (1952-10-15) 15 October 1952 (age 64)[1]
Kawardha, Chhattisgarh
Political party Bharatiya Janata Party
Spouse(s) Veena Singh
Children Abhishek Singh, Asmita Singh
Residence Civil Lines, Raipur [Cg.] 492001
Religion Hinduism
As of 10 November, 2013
Source: [1]

Raman Singh (born 15 October 1952) is an Indian politician and is the Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh state since 7 December 2003. He is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party.


Raman Singh was born on 15 October 1952 in a Rajput family.[2] Son of Vighnaharan Singh Thakur and Sudha Singh. He is a doctor of Ayurvedic Medicine and is married to Veena Singh.[3]His son Abhishek Singh is currently serving as Member of Parliament from Rajnandgaon (Lok Sabha constituency).

Raman Singh is a of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.[4]

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. 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.[5] 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.[3]

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.[3]

He banned naxalite organisations in Chhattisgarh in 2005 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 has been re-elected as the chief minister (CM) of the state.

He won re-election in 2013 for his third tenure as a CM of Chhattisgarh.


  1. ^ a b "Biodata: Dr. Raman Singh" (pdf). Government of Chhattisgarh. Retrieved 10 November 2013. 
  2. ^ http://www.ndtv.com/article/assembly-polls/raman-singh-sworn-in-as-chhattisgarh-chief-minister-457819
  3. ^ a b c Chhibber, Devika. "Chhattisgarh: CMs in the wings". Zee News. Retrieved 10 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "Raman Singh". India Today. Retrieved 2014-12-05. 
  5. ^ "Governor invites Raman Singh". The Hindu. 6 December 2003. 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. Retrieved 10 November 2013. 

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Preceded by
Ajit Jogi
Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh
7 December 2003 – present
Succeeded by