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Rajnath Singh

Rajnath singh was born on 10 July 1951  in the small village of Bhabhaura in the Chandauli district of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. His father was Ram Badan Singh and his mother was Gujarati Devi. He was born into a family of farmers and went on to secure a masters degree in physics, acquiring first division results from the Gorakhpur University.

Rajnath Singh had been associated with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh since 1964, at the age of 13 and remained connected with the organization even during his employment as a physics lecturer in Mirzapur. In 1974, he was appointed secretary for the Mirzapur unit of the Bharatiya Jan Sangh, a Hindutva based political party.

In 1991, he became Education Minister in the first BJP government in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Major highlights of his tenure as Education Minister included Anti-Copying Act, In April 1994, he was elected into the Rajya Sabha (Upper House of the Indian Parliament) and he became involved with the Advisory committee on Industry (1994–96), Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Agriculture, Business Advisory Committee, House Committee and the Committee on Human Resource Development. On 25 March 1997, he became the President of the BJP’s unit in Uttar Pradesh and in 1999 he became the Union Cabinet Minister for Surface Transport. In the NDA Government led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Rajnath Singh took the job of Minister of Agriculture and was faced with the difficult task of maintaining one of the most volatile areas of India’s economy.

He was the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh from 28 October 2000 – 8 March 2002. On 24th May 2003, he became Union Minister of Agriculture and subsequently for Food Processing. During this period he initiated a few epoch making projects like Kisan Call Centre and Farm Income Insurance Scheme.

After the resignation of prominent figure Lal Krishna Advani, and the murder of strategist Pramod Mahajan, Rajnath Singh sought to rebuild the party by focusing on the most basic Hindutva ideologies. He has announced his position of “no compromise” in relation to the building of a Ram Temple in Ayodhya even at any cost. He commends the rule of Vajpayee as Prime Minister, pointing towards all the developments the National Democratic Alliance made for the ordinary people of India. He has criticized the role of the English language in India, claiming that it causes erosion of cultural values

Rajnath Singh, was endorsed as BJP National President  by the BJP Parliamentary Board on January 23, 2013. The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), also declared him as more acceptable choice for President. He joined the Sangh as a teen and his interest in politics was shaped by his association with the organisation. He has held posts in the RSS.

On 24 January 2013, following the resignation of Nitin Gadkari due to corruption charges, Rajnat Singh was re-elected as the BJP’s National President.


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