Sompal Shastri

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Sompal Shastri or Sompal Singh Shastri (Hindi: सोमपालसिंह शास्त्री) born 20 January 1942 in a Farmer-Jat family and began his career as a politician of Rashtriya Lok Dal from Uttar Pradesh India. He has been Minister for Agriculture for the national government and a member of the Planning Commission.[1] He is Vice Chairman, State Planning Board, Madhya Pradesh.

Sompal won in 1998 defeating Rashtriya Lok Dal's chief Chaudhary Ajit Singh from Baghpat. But lost to Chaudhary Ajit Singh in 1999 by a margin of over 1.54 lakh votes.

Sompal's father was Raghubir Singh Shastri, and represented Baghpat in the fourth Lok Sabha.[2] He graduated from Boys High School in Allahabad now Prayagraj, 1957; B.A. Hons. (Economics), Delhi University, 1961; M.A. (Economics), Delhi University, 1964; LL.B., Delhi University, 1967.

In September 2013, Sompal Shastri refused to contest Lok Sabha polls under the Samajwadi Party banner. In a letter written to party president Mulayam Singh Yadav, Mr. Shastri said he was not in a position to contest the Lok Sabha polls from Baghpat after the violence in which over 38 people were killed. The incidents of communal violence in Muzaffarnagar, Shamli and Baghpat were unfortunate, he said.[3]

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  1. ^ National Commission on Farmers, at last, by Sharad Joshi.
  2. ^ Sompal strives to break a Baghpat tradition.
  3. ^ "In wake of Muzaffarnagar riots, Sompal Shastri refuses to be SP candidate | Lucknow News - Times of India". The Times of India.

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