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Raj Nath Singh
Minister of Home Affairs

Raj Nath Singh (born July 10, 1951) is the Minister of Home Affairs in the Narendra Modi government from May 27, 2014. He is also the President of Bharatiya Janata Party. Raj Nath Singh was born in a small village of Bhabhaura in Chandauli district of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh in a Rajput family. His father was Ram Badan Singh and his mother was Gujarati Devi. He was born into a family of farmers and holds a Masters degree in Physics, acquiring first division results from Gorakhpur University.

In 1975, aged 24, Raj Nath Singh was appointed district president of the Jana Sangh. In 1977, he was elected Member of Legislative Assembly from Mirzapur constituency. In 1984, he became state president of the youth wing and in 1986 he was appointed national general secretary of the youth wing. In 1988, he rose to the position of national president in the BJP youth wing and was also elected into the Uttar Pradesh legislative council. 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, 1992, rewriting history texts and incorporating vedic mathematics into the syllabus.

In April 1994, he was elected in the Rajya Sabha and has been on various committees such as 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 March 25, 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, Raj Nath Singh was Minister of Agriculture and had a difficult task of maintaining one of the most volatile areas of India’s economy. He was the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh from October 18, 2000, to March 8, 2002. On January 24, 2013, Raj Nath Singh was re-elected as the BJP’s National President. In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, he was elected from the Lucknow constituency.

 
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