Rajnath Ram Badan Singh was born on 10 July 1951 in a farmer’s family at rural area of Babhora, Tehasil Chakia, District Varanasi (now district Chanduli) UP, to Shri Rambadan Singh and Srimati Gujarati Devi, is an Indian politician belonging to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) who presently serves as the Home Minister. He previously worked as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and as a Cabinet Minister in the Vajpayee Government. He has also worked as the President of the BJP twice, 2005 to 2009 and 2013 to 2014. He started his career as a physics lecturer and used his long-term association with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) to become involved with the Janata Party.
Personal life and family
Rajnath Singh went on to get a master’s degree in physics, acquiring first division results from the Gorakhpur University. Rajnath Singh had been linked 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 elected secretary for the Mirzapur unit of the Bharatiya Jan Sangh, the predecessor of Bhartiya Janta Party. He also served at PWD as a junior Engineer. He is married to Savitri Singh and the couple has two sons and one daughter.
In 1975, aged 24, Singh was selected District President of the Jana Sangh. In 1977, he was elected Member of Legislative Assembly from the Mirzapur. He became the State President of the BJP youth wing in 1984, the National general secretary in 1986 and the National President in 1988. He was also selected into the Uttar Pradesh legislative council. In 1975, he was the District President of Jan Sangh and District Coordinator of the JP Movement. Rajnath Singh was arrested during the Emergency and in prison for 18 months. In 1977 he was elected as MLA in Uttar Pradesh State Assembly. He was the Bharatiya Janata Party’s State Secretary in Uttar Pradesh in 1983. In 1984, he was the State President of Bharatiya Janata Party’s Youth Wing. Rajnath Singh became National General Secretary of Bharatiya Janata Party’s Youth Wing in 1986. He was the National President of Bharatiya Janata Party’s Youth Wing in 1988.
He was elected Member of Legislative Council for Uttar Pradesh in 1988. From 1991 to 1992, he worked as the Education Minister of the first BJP government in Uttar Pradesh. In his tenure, he implemented the Anti Copying Act and introduced Vedic Mathematics in the syllabus. He also brings changes in various history textbooks. From 1994 to 1999, Rajnath Singh became a person of the Rajya Sabha. Also, in 1994 he worked as the Chief Whip of Bharatiya Janata Party in Rajya Sabha. Rajnath Singh became Uttar Pradesh state President of Bharatiya Janata Party on 25 March 1997. This period saw him doing an active role in strengthening and expanding the party organization and also handling a political crisis while the Bharatiya Janata Party was leading the government. He has created the Union Surface Transport Minister on 22 November 1999 in the Vajpayee Government. In this tenure, he initiated the dream project of Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee: National Highway Development Programme (NDHP). The scheme included the Golden Quadrilateral and the North South East West corridor.
On 28 October 2000, he was taken as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and was elected twice from the Haidargarh constituency in Barabanki as Member of Legislative Assembly. Rajnath Singh has created the National General Secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Party in 2002. He was re-elected as Member of the Rajya Sabha for the second time in 2003. Rajnath Singh became the Union Minister of Agriculture and Food Processing on 24 May 2003. He launched a few path-breaking projects like Farm Income Insurance Scheme and Kisan Call Centre. In July 2004, he was reappointed as National General Secretary of the party.
As a General Secretary, he was in a position of two states, namely, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand. His exceptional organizational skills and ability gave confidence to the party’s victory in both the states. On 31 December 2005, Rajnath Singh was selected as the President of Bharatiya Janata Party. In his tenure as President of the party, he covered almost every nook and corner of the nation. He was also a part of the Bharat Suraksha Yatra that covered several states. The issues that were taken up were threats to internal security and the increasing terrorist activities.