Kamalapati Tripathi Indian politician

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Kamalapati Tripathi
15th Minister of Railways
In office
14 January 1980 – 12 November 1980
Prime MinisterIndira Gandhi
Preceded byT. A. Pai
Succeeded byKedar Pandey
In office
11 February 1975 – 23 March 1977
Prime MinisterIndira Gandhi
Preceded byLalit Narayan Mishra
Succeeded byMadhu Dandavate
7th Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh
In office
4 April 1971 – 13 June 1973
GovernorBezawada Gopala Reddy
Shashi Kant Varma (Acting)
Akbar Ali Khan
Preceded byTribhuvana Narayana Singh
Succeeded byPresident's rule
2nd Deputy Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh
In office
26 February 1969 – 17 February 1970
Chief MinisterChandra Bhanu Gupta
Preceded byRam Prakash Gupta
Succeeded byKeshav Prasad Maurya
Dinesh Sharma
Personal details
Born3 September 1905
Benares, Benares State, British India
Died8 October 1990
(aged 85)
Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India
Political partyIndian National Congress

Kamlapati Tripathi (3 September 1905[1] – 8 October 1990) was an Indian politician, writer, journalist, and freedom fighter. He was a senior Indian National Congress leader from Varanasi constituency. He served as Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh as well as Union Minister for Railways.


Kamlapati Tripathi was born in a Brahmin family.[2] He had three sons and two daughters. The eldest son was Lokpati Tripathi who was also a minister in Uttar Pradesh, his second son was Mayapati Tripathi who founded the social organisation by the name of Akhil Bharatiya Kissan Mazdoor Vahini. His youngest son is Manglapati Tripathi (also called Shashipati Tripathi).

Early days

His father's name was Pandit Narayan Pati Tripathi.[3] Originally he belonged to Tripathi Family of Pindi, popularly known as Pindi Tiwarys. He had no connection with Unnao or Kanpur. He belonged to Saryuparin community which essentially has roots in Trans-Saryu Area of Uttar Pradesh. His ancestors settled down in Varanasi during the time of Aurangzeb. He started his career as a journalist working for the daily Hindi newspaper Aaj and later Sansaar. He was also the editor of the two tabloids. He was married at the age of 19 and had 5 children.

Political career

Indian independence movement

During 1921, Kamalapati Tripathi participated in Non-cooperation Movement. He was also an active participant in the Civil Disobedience Movement, for which he was jailed. In 1942 he was on his way to Mumbai to participate in the Quit India Movement when he was arrested and jailed for 3 years. Kamalapati Tripathi was elected to the Constituent Assembly from United Province on Congress Party ticket and played an important part in the drafting of the Constitution of India.[4]

Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh

He remained Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh from 4 April 1971 until 12 June 1973. His resignation was a result of the 1973 Provincial Armed Constabulary revolt.

Union Minister for Railways

He was Union Minister for Railways for two times first from 1975 to 1977 and then briefly in 1980. He presented Railway Budget of India four times: 1975–76, 1976–77, 1980–81 (interim) and 1980–81 (final).[5] Following trains were introduced during his tenure:[6]

An 8-kilometer-long new Railway line between Telapur-Patanchera was opened during his tenure.[7]

The Diesel Loco Shed in Pune was started in his tenure.

As an author

He authored following works: Bandi Ki Chetna, 1946

  • Bapu aur Bharat,[8][9]
    • Barcode  : 1990010092576
    • Country  : India
    • Language  : Hindi
    • Edition  : Hardcover (386 pages)
    • Publisher : (1945)
  • Bapu aur manawata,[8][10]
    • Barcode  : 1990010092577
    • Country  : India
    • Language  : Hindi
    • Edition  : Hardcover (413 pages)
    • Publisher : (1945)
  • Gandhi and Humanity
    • ISBN: ISBN 978-81-7156-335-7
    • Country  : India
    • Language  : English
    • Edition  : Hardcover (248 pages)
    • Publisher : Atlantic Publishers & Distributors (1993)
  • Freedom movement and afterwards
    • ISBN: ISBN 978-81-7124-041-8
    • Country  : India
    • Language  : English
    • Edition  : Hardcover (228 pages)
    • Publisher : Vishwavidyalaya Prakashan (1989)


  1. ^ [1] Archived 14 September 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Big fight for Brahmin votes in Uttar Pradesh". Deccan Herald. 16 August 2020. Retrieved 27 September 2020.
  3. ^ "Shahid Smark". Varanasi.nic.in. Retrieved 2 November 2013.
  4. ^ "Constitution of India". www.constitutionofindia.net.
  5. ^ "[IRFCA] Railway Ministers". Irfca.org. Retrieved 2 November 2013.
  6. ^ "[IRFCA] Trains introduced by railway ministers". Irfca.org. Retrieved 2 November 2013.
  7. ^ [2] Archived 27 December 2015 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ a b http://www.new.dli.ernet.in/cgi-bin/advsearch_db.cgi?listStart=12925&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&language1=Any&perPage=25&scentre=Any&subject1=Any&title1=t Archived 19 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine http://www.new.dli.ernet.in/cgi-bin/advsearch_db.cgi Archived 17 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ http://www.new.dli.ernet.in/cgi-bin/metainfo.cgi?&title1=Bapu%20aur%20bharat&author1=KAMALAPATI%20TRIPATHI&subject1=LITERATURE&year=1945%20&language1=hindi&pages=386&barcode=1990010092576&author2=&identifier1=&publisher1=SARASWATI%20MANDIR%20VANARAS&contributor1=&vendor1=NONE&scanningcentre1=iiit,%20allahabad&slocation1=NONE&sourcelib1=RAM%20KRISHNA%20MISHAN&scannerno1=&digitalrepublisher1=Digital%20Library%20of%20India&digitalpublicationdate1=2005-12-30&numberedpages1=&unnumberedpages1=&rights1=OUT_OF_COPYRIGHT&copyrightowner1=&copyrightexpirydate1=&format1=TIFF%20&url=/rawdataupload/upload/0092/576 http://www.new.dli.ernet.in/cgi-bin/metainfo.cgi Archived 19 February 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ http://www.new.dli.ernet.in/cgi-bin/metainfo.cgi?&title1=Bapu%20aur%20manawata&author1=KAMALAPATI%20TRIPATHI&subject1=LITERATURE&year=1945%20&language1=hindi&pages=413&barcode=1990010092577&author2=&identifier1=&publisher1=SARASWATI%20MANDIR%20VANARAS&contributor1=&vendor1=NONE&scanningcentre1=iiit,%20allahabad&slocation1=NONE&sourcelib1=RAM%20KRISHNA%20MISHAN&scannerno1=&digitalrepublisher1=Digital%20Library%20of%20India&digitalpublicationdate1=2005-12-30&numberedpages1=&unnumberedpages1=&rights1=OUT_OF_COPYRIGHT&copyrightowner1=&copyrightexpirydate1=&format1=TIFF%20&url=/rawdataupload/upload/0092/577 http://www.new.dli.ernet.in/cgi-bin/metainfo.cgi Archived 19 February 2010 at the Wayback Machine

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Political offices
Preceded by
Tribhuvana Narayana Singh
Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh
4 April 1971 – 12 June 1973
Succeeded by
President's Rule
Administered by the Governor of Uttar Pradesh, Akbar Ali Khan
title/post subsequently held by-
Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna
Preceded by
Lalit Narayan Mishra
Union Minister for Railways
1975 – 1977
Succeeded by
Madhu Dandavate
Preceded by
Madhu Dandavate
Union Minister for Railways
Succeeded by
Kedar Pandey
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