Ajit Singh (politician)

Indian politician (born 1939)

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Ajit Singh
The Union Minister for Civil Aviation, Shri Ajit Singh holding a Press Conference, in New Delhi on June 01, 2012.jpg
Singh in 2012
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
In office
Preceded bySompal Shastri
Succeeded bySatyapal Singh
In office
Preceded byChaudhary Charan Singh
Succeeded bySompal Shastri
ConstituencyBaghpat, Uttar Pradesh
Minister of Civil Aviation
In office
18 December 2011 – 26 May 2014
Prime MinisterManmohan Singh
Preceded byVayalar Ravi
Succeeded byAshok Gajapathi Raju
Union Minister of Agriculture
In office
22 July 2001 – 24 May 2003
Prime MinisterAtal Bihari Vajpayee
Preceded byNitish Kumar
Succeeded byRajnath Singh
Cabinet Minister for Food Processing Industries
In office
February 1995 – May 1996
Prime MinisterP. V. Narasimha Rao
Preceded byTarun Gogoi
Succeeded byDilip Ray
Minister of Commerce and Industry
In office
5 December 1989 – 10 November 1990
Prime MinisterV. P. Singh
Preceded byDinesh Singh
Succeeded byPranab Mukherjee
Personal details
Born(1939-02-12)12 February 1939
Meerut, United Provinces, British India
Died6 May 2021(2021-05-06) (aged 82)[1]
Gurugram, Haryana, India
Political partyRashtriya Lok Dal
Other political
Janata Dal
Spouse(s)Radhika Singh (m.1967)
ChildrenJayant Chaudhary
MotherGayatri Devi
FatherCharan Singh
Alma materIIT Kharagpur, Illinois_Institute_of_Technology

Chaudhary Ajit Singh (12 February 1939 – 6 May 2021)[2] was a National Farmers' leader and an Indian politician. He was the founder and chief of the Rashtriya Lok Dal, a political party recognized in western part of state of Uttar Pradesh, and son of former Prime Minister of India late Chaudhary Charan Singh.[3][4] He had tested positive for COVID-19 on 22 April 2021 and was admitted in a Gurugram hospital.[5] He died on 6 May 2021 after his condition deteriorated.[6]

Political career

Chaudhary Ajit Singh was one of the most dynamic leaders of India, specially worked for Farmers and on economic condition of India. When Chaudhary Ajit Singh was Commerce and Industry Minister in Chandra Shekhar government, He drafted and tried to pass the bill against License Raj, in which wasn't successful because most of the parties were against it. When Chandra Shekhar govt fell, P.V Narsimharao and Finance Minister Manmohan Singh brought the same drafted bill without even changing a word and passed it in Parliament, This bill was one of the major reform of Indian history better known as the Liberalization reforms of India, which opened India for the Global market.[7] Ajit Singh was first elected to Rajya Sabha (the upper house of Indian Parliament) in 1986 after his father and former prime minister Charan Singh became ill. He was the President of Lok Dal (A) and Janata Party during 1987 and 1988, respectively. In 1989, he was General Secretary of Janata Dal after all the parties decided to merge under the leadership of VP Singh to take on the congress. Ajit Singh brought in most political strength from Uttar Pradesh to VP Singh during that election.[3] At several occasions throughout his political career, Ajit Singh has been a significant political figure in government formations as well as alliances. One of the important movement was when Ajit Singh even threatened to leave the P.V. Narsimharao government because Manmohan Singh, the Finance Minister of India wanted to put the Indian farmers to also pay income tax, of which Chaudhary believed will destroy the Indian Farmers.

He was elected to Lok Sabha (the lower house of Indian Parliament) from Baghpat in 1989. He was Minister of Industry in V. P. Singh's cabinet from December 1989 to November 1990.[3] He was re-elected to Lok Sabha in 1991 Indian general election. He served as Minister of Food in P. V. Narasimha Rao's cabinet.[3]

Ajit Singh was re-elected in 1996 as a Congress candidate but resigned from the party and Lok Sabha in 1996. He then founded Rashtriya Lok Dal and was re-elected in 1997 by election. He lost the 1998 election and was re-elected in 1999, 2004 and 2009.

From 2001 to 2003, he was Minister of Agriculture in Atal Bihari Vajpayee's government.[3]

After his party joined the ruling United Progressive Alliance in 2011, he was Minister of Civil Aviation from December 2011 to May 2014.[3]

He was the candidate of Muzaffarnagar from RLD and he lost to Sanjeev Balyan of BJP by a margin of 6526 votes.[8][9]


He was a B.Tech.(Mechanical Engineering) from IIT Kharagpur and M.S. from Illinois Institute of Technology. He was a computer scientist by profession and one of the first Indians to work with IBM in the 1960s.[3]

Personal life

He was married to Radhika Singh, and has one son and two daughters.[3] His son Jayant Chaudhary, was a member of 15th Lok Sabha from Mathura, Uttar Pradesh.


Singh tested positive for COVID-19 on 20 April 2021 and was admitted in a private hospital in Gurugram.[10] He died on 6 May 2021 after suffering from COVID-19. At the time of death, he was 82 years old.[2]

See also


  1. ^ "RLD chief Ajit Singh succumbs to Covid". Pankaj Shah. The Times of India. 6 May 2021. Retrieved 6 May 2021.
  2. ^ a b "Rashtriya Lok Dal chief and former Union minister Ajit Singh dies of Covid-19". India Today. Retrieved 6 May 2021.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "Official biographical sketch in Parliament of India website". Archived from the original on 1 February 2013. Retrieved 7 July 2010.
  4. ^ "With Chaudhury Charan Singh in hospital, Ajit Singh likely to step in as Lok Dal chief". India Today. Retrieved 8 September 2020.
  5. ^ "Rashtriya Lok Dal chief and former Union minister Ajit Singh dies of Covid-19". India Today. Retrieved 6 May 2021.
  6. ^ "Rashtriya Lok Dal chief Ajit Singh dies of Covid-19 at Gurugram hospital". India TV News. Retrieved 6 May 2021.
  7. ^ "Who was Chaudhary Ajit Singh". Shaurya Kharb. The Lallantop. 6 May 2021. Retrieved 6 May 2021.
  8. ^ "Ajit Singh: Age, Biography, Education, Wife, Caste, Net Worth & More - Oneindia". hindi.oneindia.com (in Hindi). Retrieved 6 May 2021.
  9. ^ https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/rld-chief-ajit-singh-files-nomination-from-ups-muzaffarnagar-2012721
  10. ^ "Rashtriya Lok Dal chief Ajit Singh dies of COVID-19". The Economic Times. Retrieved 6 May 2021.
Lok Sabha
Preceded by
Chaudhary Charan Singh
Member of Parliament
for Baghpat

1989 – 1998
Succeeded by
Sompal Shastri
Preceded by
Sompal Shastri
Member of Parliament
for Baghpat

1999 – 2014
Succeeded by
Satya Pal Singh
Political offices
Preceded by
Jalagam Vengala Rao
Minister of Industry
5 December 1989 - 10 November 1990
Succeeded by
K. Karunakaran
Preceded by
Nitish Kumar
Minister of Agriculture
2 July 2001 - 23 May 2003
Succeeded by
Rajnath Singh
Preceded by
Vayalar Ravi
Minister of Civil Aviation
8 December 2011 - 26 May 2014
Succeeded by
Ashok Gajapathi Raju

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