Uday Pratap Singh

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For politician from MP, see Uday Pratap Singh (Madhya Pradesh politician) For other people called Uday Singh, see Uday Singh (disambiguation)

Uday Pratap Singh (born 18 May 1932) is a politician of the Samajwadi Party in India who represented the state of Uttar Pradesh in the Rajya Sabha between 2003 and 2008. He was a member of the Lok Sabha from 1989-1996.

Early life and family[edit]

Singh was born on 18 May 1932 to Harihar Singh Chaudhary and Puspa Yadav at Garhiya in what is now Mainpuri district, Uttar Pradesh.[1] His family were comfortably-off civil servants.[2] After obtaining MA degrees in English and in Hindi from St. John's College, Agra University,[1] he became an English lecturer the Jain Inter-College, Karhal in 1958. There he taught the future leader of the Samajwadi Party, Mulayam Singh Yadav.[2] He married Chaitanya Yadav on 20 May 1958 and has a son and three daughters. His wife predeceased him.[1]

Career[edit]

Singh has been a member of the Janata Dal political party (1989-91), the Samajwadi Janata Party (1991-92) and, since 1992, the Samajwadi Party. He was elected as a member of the Ninth (1989-91) and Tenth Lok Sabhas (1991-1996) was a member of the National Commission for Backward Classes, a department of the Government of India from November 2002.[1] His elections were from the Mainpuri constituency, which he subsequently gave up in 1996 to allow his friend and former pupil, Mulayam Singh Yadav, to stand.[2]

Singh was elected to the Rajya Sabha in January 2003 and retired on 25 November 2008. Aside from various parliamentary committees, he has also been a member of educational bodies, including the board of management of Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University, a position to which he was appointed in 2006.[1] Following the appointment of Akhilesh Yadav, the son of Mulayam, as Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, he was given a ministerial portfolio.[2] Subsequently, in early 2017, it was suggested that Singh was siding with Akhilesh during a Yadav family squabble for control of the Samajwadi Party in which he was pitted against his father.[3]

Singh is interested in Hindi poetry and promotion of Indian languages generally. Himself a Hindi poet, he has attended kavi sammelans both in India and elsewhere.[1] He has composed election songs for the Samajwadi Party and paeans to its leader, Mulayam Singh Yadav. He is the chairperson of Uttar Pradesh Hindi Sansthaan and has been recognised with a Sahitya Shiromani award.[2] He has been the National President of the All India Yadav Mahasabha.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Alphabetical List Of Former Members Of Rajya Sabha Since 1952". Parliament of India. Retrieved 28 May 2018. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Rashid, Omar (23 January 2016). "Singing to the gallery". The Hindu. Retrieved 28 May 2018. 
  3. ^ "Mulayam Singh isolated at the top; kin and colleagues join exodus to Akhilesh Yadav camp". Financial Express. 2 January 2017. Retrieved 29 May 2018.