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Rajnath Ram Badan Singh (born 10 July 1951) is an Indian politician belonging to the Bharatiya Janata Party
Bharatiya Janata Party
(BJP) who currently serves as the Home Minister. He previously served as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and as a Cabinet Minister in the Vajpayee Government. He has also served as the President of the BJP
BJP
twice, 2005 to 2009 and 2013 to 2014. He began his career as a physics lecturer and used his long-term association with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh
(RSS) to become involved with the Janata Party.

Contents

1 Early life 2 Political career

2.1 Home Minister

3 References 4 External links

Early life[edit] Singh was born in the small village of puttur in Chandauli district, Uttar Pradesh
Uttar Pradesh
in a Hindu
Hindu
Rajput
Rajput
family.[1] His father was Ram Badan Singh and his mother was Gujarati Devi.[2] He was born into a family of farmers and went on to secure a master's degree in physics, acquiring first division results from the Gorakhpur University.[2] Rajnath Singh
Rajnath Singh
had been associated with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh since 1964, at the age of 13 and remained connected with the organisation even during his employment as a physics lecturer in Mirzapur.[2] In 1974, he was appointed secretary for the Mirzapur
Mirzapur
unit of the Bharatiya Jan Sangh, predecessor of Bhartiya Janta Party.[2] Political career[edit] In 1975, aged 24, Singh was appointed District President of the Jana Sangh.[2] In 1977, he was elected Member of Legislative Assembly from the Mirzapur.[2] He became the State President of the BJP
BJP
youth wing in 1984, the National general secretary in 1986[2] and the National President in 1988. He was also elected into the Uttar Pradesh legislative council.[2] In 1991, he became Education Minister in the first BJP
BJP
government in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Major highlights of his tenure as Education Minister included Anti-Copying Act, 1992, which made copying a non-bailable offence,[3] rewriting history texts and incorporating vedic mathematics into the syllabus.[4] In April 1994, he was elected into the Rajya Sabha
Rajya Sabha
(Upper House of the 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.[2] On 25 March 1997, he became the President of the BJP's unit in Uttar Pradesh
Uttar Pradesh
and in 1999 he became the Union Cabinet Minister for Surface Transport.[2]

Rajnath Singh
Rajnath Singh
& Meghraj

In 2000, he became Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh
Uttar Pradesh
and was twice elected as MLA from Haidergarh in 2001 and 2002.[3] He tried to rationalise the reservation structure in government jobs by introducing the most Backward Classes among the OBC and SC, so that the benefit of reservation can reach the lowest status of Society.[5] In 2003, Singh was appointed as the Minister of Agriculture and subsequently for Food Processing in the NDA Government led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee, and was faced with the difficult task of maintaining one of the most volatile areas of India's economy.[6] During this period he initiated a few epoch-making projects including the Kisan Call Centre and Farm Income Insurance Scheme.[7] He brought down interest rates on Agriculture loans and also established Farmer Commission and initiated Farms Income Insurance Scheme.[5] After the BJP
BJP
lost power in the 2004 general elections, it was forced to sit in the Opposition. After the resignation of prominent figure Lal Krishna Advani, and the murder of strategist Pramod Mahajan, Singh sought to rebuild the party by focusing on the most basic Hindutva ideologies.[8] He announced his position of "no compromise" in relation to the building of a Ram Temple in Ayodhya
Ayodhya
at any cost[8] and commended the rule of Vajpayee as Prime Minister, pointing towards all the developments the NDA made for the ordinary people of India.[9] He also criticised the role of the English language in India, claiming that it caused erosion of cultural values.[10] He became the BJP
BJP
National President on December 31, 2005, a post he held till December 19, 2009. In May 2009, he was elected MP from Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh.[11] On 24 January 2013, following the resignation of Nitin Gadkari
Nitin Gadkari
due to corruption charges, Singh was re-elected as the BJP's National President.[12]

Rajnath Singh
Rajnath Singh
addressing a rally in Nayagaon,Sonpur in 2015

He contested the 2014 Lok Sabha
Lok Sabha
elections from Lucknow constituency and was subsequently elected as a Member of the Parliament.[13] In 2014, Rajnath said that 75 per cent of the people in India
India
either speak or know Tamil.[14] Home Minister[edit] He was appointed the Union Minister of Home Affairs in the Narendra Modi government and was sworn in on 26 May 2014.[15] He triggered controversy amid the protests over the police action at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), on 14 February 2016, claiming that the "JNU incident" was supported by Lashkar-e-Taiba
Lashkar-e-Taiba
chief Hafiz Saeed.[16] In May 2016, he claimed that infiltration from Pakistan declined by 52% in a period of two years.[17] On 9 April 2017, he launched Bharat Ke Veer
Bharat Ke Veer
Web portal and Application with Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar. This was an initiative taken by him for the welfare of Martyrs' family.[18] An official anthem was launched on 20 January 2018 for the cause 'Bharat Ke Veer' by him along with film star Akshay Kumar, and other ministers Kiren Rijiju, Hansraj Ahir.[19] References[edit]

^ Christophe Jaffrelot (January 2003). India's Silent Revolution: The Rise of the Lower Castes in North India. C. Hurst & Co. Publishers. pp. 489–. ISBN 978-1-85065-670-8.  ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Profile: Rajnath Singh". Zee News. Archived from the original on 30 September 2007.  ^ a b "How Rajnath Singh
Rajnath Singh
rose through the ranks". Rediff.com. 31 January 2013 ^ "Who is Rajnath Singh? : India, News". India
India
Today. 23 January 2013. Retrieved 28 January 2013.  ^ a b "Achievements". rajnathsingh.in ^ "Courage, Mr Rajnath Singh". The Hindu. 11 June 2003.  ^ "Shri Rajnath Singh, MP (Ghaziabad)". wikimapia.org ^ a b Ghatak, Lopamudra (23 December 2006). "It's basic instinct for Rajnath Singh". The Times of India.  ^ Rajnath Singh
Rajnath Singh
is new BJP
BJP
President. indianewsdiary.com ^ " BJP
BJP
chief claims English bad for India, triggers outrage." The Times of India. 20 July 2013 ^ "Ministry of Home Affairs" (PDF).  ^ "Rajnath steps down, Gadkari takes over as BJP
BJP
president". The Times of India. Press Trust of India. 19 December 2009. Retrieved 28 January 2013.  ^ " Rajnath Singh
Rajnath Singh
surpasses Vajpayee’s victory margin in Lucknow". The Hindu. 18 May 2014 ^ "Irony that Hindi is not used more in official work, says Home Minister Rajnath Singh".  ^ http://pmindia.gov.in/en/news_updates/portfolios-of-the-union-council-of-ministers-2/ ^ http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/rajnath-singh-hafiz-saeed-let-jnu-protests-had-support-of-let-chief-hafiz-saeed-rajnath-singh/ ^ "Narendra Modi's 56-inch chest not reduced an inch: Rajnath Singh", Deccan Chronicle, 28 May 2016  ^ "Shri Rajnath Singh
Rajnath Singh
inaugurates Web Portal
Portal
'Bharat ke Veer'". pib.nic.in. Retrieved 11 April 2017.  ^ "Akshay Kumar, Rajnath Singh
Rajnath Singh
unveil official anthem of 'Bharat Ke Veer'". 20 January 2018. 

External links[edit]

Biography Profile at Lok Sabha, Parliament of India Official website (personal)

Political offices

Preceded by Ram Prakash Gupta Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh 2000–2002 Succeeded by Mayawati

Preceded by Ajit Singh Minister of Agriculture 2003–2004 Succeeded by Sharad Pawar

Preceded by Sushilkumar Shinde Minister of Home Affairs 2014–present Incumbent

Lok Sabha

New constituency Member of Parliament for Ghaziabad 2009–2014 Succeeded by Vijay Kumar Singh

Preceded by Lalji Tandon Member of Parliament for Lucknow 2014–present Incumbent

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Modi ministry

Prime Minister: Narendra Modi

Cabinet Ministers

Agriculture and Farmers Welfare

Radha Mohan Singh

Chemicals and Fertilizers

Ananth Kumar

Civil Aviation

Suresh Prabhu

Commerce and Industry

Suresh Prabhu

Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution

Ram Vilas Paswan

Corporate Affairs

Arun Jaitley

Defence

Nirmala Sitharaman

Drinking Water and Sanitation

Uma Bharati

Earth Sciences

Harsh Vardhan

Electronics and Information Technology

Ravi Shankar Prasad

External Affairs

Sushma Swaraj

Finance

Arun Jaitley

Food Processing Industry

Harsimrat Kaur Badal

Coal

Piyush Goyal

Environment, Forest and Climate Change

Harsh Vardhan

Health and Family Welfare

Jagat Prakash Nadda

Heavy Industry and Public Enterprises

Anant Geete

Home Affairs

Rajnath Singh

Human Resource Development

Prakash Javadekar

Information and Broadcasting

Smriti Irani

Law and Justice

Ravi Shankar Prasad

Overseas Indian Affairs

Sushma Swaraj

Panchayati Raj

Narendra Singh Tomar

Parliamentary Affairs

Ananth Kumar

Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions

Narendra Modi

Petroleum and Natural Gas

Dharmendra Pradhan

Railways

Piyush Goyal

Rural Development

Narendra Singh Tomar

Skill Development and Entrepreneurship

Dharmendra Pradhan

Science and Technology

Harsh Vardhan

Social Justice and Empowerment

Thaawar Chand Gehlot

Space

Narendra Modi

Statistics and Programme Implementation

D. V. Sadananda Gowda

Steel

Chaudhary Birender Singh

Shipping and Road Transport and Highways

Nitin Gadkari

Textiles

Smriti Irani

Tribal Affairs

Jual Oram

Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation

Nitin Gadkari

Women and Child Development

Maneka Gandhi

Minority Affairs

Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi

Mines

Narendra Singh Tomar

Ministers of State (Independent Charge)

AYUSH

Shripad Yasso Naik

Communications

Manoj Sinha

Culture

Mahesh Sharma

Development of North Eastern Region

Jitendra Singh

Labour and Employment

Santosh Kumar Gangwar

Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises

Giriraj Singh

New and Renewable Energy

Raj Kumar Singh

Planning

Rao Inderjit Singh

Power

Raj Kumar Singh

Tourism

Alphons Kannanthanam

Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation

Hardeep Singh Puri

Youth Affairs and Sports

Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore

Ministers of State

Agriculture and Farmers Welfare

Parsottambhai Rupala S. S. Ahluwalia Sudarshan Bhagat

Atomic Energy

Jitendra Singh

Chemicals and Fertilizers

Mansukh L. Mandaviya

Civil Aviation

Jayant Sinha

Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Disturbution

Chhotu Ram Chaudhary

Corporate Affairs

Arjun Ram Meghwal

Defence

Subhash Ramrao Bhamre

Drinking Water and Sanitation

Ramesh Jigajinagi

Earth Sciences

Y. S. Chowdary

Electronics and IT

P. P. Choudhary

External Affairs

M. J. Akbar V. K. Singh

Finance

Arjun Ram Meghwal Santosh Gangwar

Food Processing Industry

Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti

Health and Family Welfare

Anupriya Patel Faggan Singh Kulaste

Heavy Industry and Public Enterprises

G. M. Siddeshwara

Home Affairs

Hansraj Ahir Kiren Rijiju

Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation

Babul Supriyo Rao Inderjit Singh

Human Resource Development

Mahendra Nath Pandey Upendra Kushwaha

Information and Broadcasting

Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore

Law and Justice

P P Choudhary

Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises

Haribhai Parthibhai Chaudhary Giriraj Singh

Minority Affairs

Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi

Overseas Indian Affairs

V. K. Singh

Panchayati Raj

Parsottambhai Rupala

Parliamentary Affairs

Arjun Ram Meghwal Vijay Goel

Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions

Jitendra Singh

Prime Minister's Office

Jitendra Singh

Railways

Manoj Sinha Rajen Gohain

Road Transport and Highways

Mansukh L. Mandaviya Pon Radhakrishnan

Rural Development

Ram Kripal Yadav

Science and Technology

Y. S. Chowdary

Social Justice and Empowerment

Krishan Pal Gurjar Ramdas Athawale Vijay Sampla

Steel

Vishnudeo Sai

Shipping

Mansukh L. Mandaviya Pon Radhakrishnan

Space

Jitendra Singh

Textiles

Ajay Tamta

Tribal Affairs

Jasvantsinh Sumanbhai Bhabhor

Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation

Arjun Ram Meghwal Satya Pal Singh

Women and Child Development

Maneka Gandhi

Urban Development

Babul Supriyo Rao Inderjit Singh

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Home Ministers of India

Sardar Patel C. Rajagopalachari Kailash Nath Katju Govind Ballabh Pant Lal Bahadur Sastri Gulzari Lal Nanda Uma Shankar Dikshit Morarji Desai Chaudhary Charan Singh Yashwantrao Chavan Shankarrao Chavan Giani Zail Singh Kasu Brahmananda Reddy P. V. Narasimha Rao Mufti Mohammad Sayeed Buta Singh Indrajit Gupta Lal Krishna Advani Shivraj Patil P. Chidambaram Sushilkumar Shinde Rajnath Singh

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Chief Ministers of Uttar Pradesh

Govind Ballabh Pant Sampurnanand Chandra Bhanu Gupta Sucheta Kriplani Charan Singh Tribhuvan Narain Singh Kamalapati Tripathi Hemvati Nandan Bahuguna N. D. Tiwari Ram Naresh Yadav Banarsi Das V. P. Singh Sripati Mishra Vir Bahadur Singh Mulayam Singh Yadav Kalyan Singh Mayawati Jagdambika Pal Ram Prakash Gupta Rajnath Singh Akhilesh Yadav Yogi Adityanath

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Bharatiya Janata Party

Party Presidents

Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Atal Bihari Vajpayee
(1980–86) Lal Krishna Advani
Lal Krishna Advani
(1986–91) Murli Manohar Joshi
Murli Manohar Joshi
(1991–93) Lal Krishna Advani
Lal Krishna Advani
(1993–98) Kushabhau Thakre
Kushabhau Thakre
(1998–2000) Bangaru Laxman
Bangaru Laxman
(2000–01) Jana Krishnamurthi
Jana Krishnamurthi
(2001–02) Venkaiah Naidu
Venkaiah Naidu
(2002–04) Lal Krishna Advani
Lal Krishna Advani
(2004–06) Rajnath Singh
Rajnath Singh
(2006–09) Nitin Gadkari
Nitin Gadkari
(2009–13) Rajnath Singh
Rajnath Singh
(2013–14) Amit Shah
Amit Shah
(2014–present)

Current vice presidents

Avinash Rai Khanna Prabhat Jha Dr. Vinay Sahasrabuddhe Renu Devi Om Prakash Mathur Shyam Jaju

Other prominent leaders

Sushma Swaraj Arun Jaitley Bhairon Singh Shekhawat Sunderlal Patwa Ravi Shankar Prasad Pramod Mahajan Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi Sushil Kumar Modi Himanta Biswa Sarma Ram Naik

Prime ministers

Atal Bihari Vajpayee Narendra Modi

Current chief ministers

Vijay Rupani Vasundhara Raje Shivraj Singh Chouhan Raman Singh Manohar Parrikar Jai Ram Thakur Manohar Lal Khattar Devendra Fadnavis Raghubar Das Sarbananda Sonowal Pema Khandu N. Biren Singh Trivendra Singh Rawat Yogi Adityanath Biplab Kumar Deb

Spokespersons

Syed Shahnawaz Hussain Dr. Sudhanshu Trivedi M. J. Akbar Meenakshi Lekhi Dr. Bizay Sonkar Shastri Siddharth Nath Singh Nalin Kohli Sambit Patra Anil Baluni G. V. L. Narsimha Rao Gopal Krishna Agarwal Siddhartha Bhattacharya Gaurav Bhatia Shaina NC Nupur Sharma Shazia Ilmi

General secretaries

P. Muralidhar Rao Ram Madhav Saroj Pandey Bhupender Yadav Kailash Vijayvargiya Anil Jain Dr. Arun Singh Ram Lal

Political wings

Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha BJP
BJP
Mahila Morcha BJP
BJP
SC Morcha BJP
BJP
ST Morcha BJP
BJP
OBC Morcha BJP
BJP
Minority Morcha BJP
BJP
Kisan Morcha

Related organisations

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh Bharatiya Jana Sangh Janata Party Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh Bharatiya Kisan Sangh

Others

Hindutva Integral humanism

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Chief Ministers from the Bharatiya Janata Party

Arunachal Pradesh

Gegong Apang Pema Khandu
Pema Khandu
(incumbent)

Assam

Sarbananda Sonowal
Sarbananda Sonowal
(incumbent)

Chhattisgarh

Raman Singh
Raman Singh
(incumbent)

Delhi

Madan Lal Khurana Sahib Singh Verma Sushma Swaraj

Goa

Manohar Parrikar
Manohar Parrikar
(incumbent) Laxmikant Parsekar

Gujarat

Keshubhai Patel Suresh Mehta Narendra Modi Anandiben Patel Vijay Rupani
Vijay Rupani
(incumbent)

Haryana

Manohar Lal Khattar
Manohar Lal Khattar
(incumbent)

Himachal Pradesh

Shanta Kumar Prem Kumar Dhumal Jai Ram Thakur
Jai Ram Thakur
(incumbent)

Jharkhand

Babulal Marandi Arjun Munda Raghubar Das
Raghubar Das
(incumbent)

Karnataka

B. S. Yeddyurappa D. V. Sadananda Gowda Jagadish Shettar

Madhya Pradesh

Sunder Lal Patwa Uma Bharti Babulal Gaur Shivraj Singh Chouhan
Shivraj Singh Chouhan
(incumbent)

Maharashtra

Devendra Fadnavis
Devendra Fadnavis
(incumbent)

Manipur

N. Biren Singh
N. Biren Singh
(incumbent)

Rajasthan

Bhairon Singh Shekhawat Vasundhara Raje
Vasundhara Raje
(incumbent)

Tripura

Biplab Kumar Deb
Biplab Kumar Deb
(incumbent)

Uttarakhand

Nityanand Swami Bhagat Singh Koshyari B. C. Khanduri Ramesh Pokhriyal Trivendra Singh Rawat
Trivendra Singh Rawat
(incumbent)

Uttar Pradesh

Kalyan Singh Ram Prakash Gupta Rajnath Singh Yogi Adityanath
Yogi Adityanath
(incumbent)

Bhar

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