Kedar Pandey Indian politician

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Kedar Pandey
22nd Minister of Rural Development
In office
12 November 1980 – 14 January 1982
Prime MinisterIndira Gandhi
Preceded byMohsina Kidwai
Succeeded byButa Singh
17th Minister of Railways
In office
12 November 1980 – 14 January 1982
Prime MinisterIndira Gandhi
Preceded byT. A. Pai
Succeeded byPrakash Chandra Sethi
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
In office
6 January 1980 – 31 December 1984
Preceded byFazlur Rahman
Succeeded byManoj Pandey
4th Minister of Health of Bihar
In office
11 April 1975 – 30 April 1977
Chief MinisterAbdul Ghafoor
Preceded byAbdul Gafoor
Succeeded byBindeshwari Dubey
12th Chief Minister of Bihar
In office
19 March 1972 – 2 July 1973
GovernorD. K. Barooah
Ramchandra Dhondiba Bhandare
Preceded byPresident's rule
Succeeded byAbdul Gafoor
Personal details
Born14 June 1920
West Champaran, Bihar and Orissa Province, British India
Died3 July 1982
(aged 62)
Political partyIndian National Congress
Spouse(s)Kamala Pandey
Alma materBanaras Hindu University

Kedar Pandey (14 June 1920 – 3 July 1982) was an Indian freedom fighter and Indian National Congress politician, who remained the Chief Minister of Bihar from March 1972 to 2 July 1973, and Minister of Railways in the Union Cabinet from 12 November 1980 to 14 January 1982 as a part of the Government of India.[1][2][3]

Personal life

His father's name was the late Pandit Ramphal Panday. He was born at Taulaha Village, West Champaran District on June 14, 1920. His early schooling took place in Paroraha village along with Vikas Mishra. Later on, both went to jail during the Indian freedom movement.

He got married to Smt. Kamla Panday on June 6, 1948. He was the father of 2 sons including Dr. Manoj Pandey and 2 daughters. He did M.Sc. and LL.B from Banaras Hindu University. By profession, he was an Agriculturist as well as a Political Worker and Advocate. He practised in the District Courts of Motihari and Bettiah from 1945 to 1948. He also enrolled as an Advocate in the Patna High Court in 1949.

Freedom Movement

Before independence, he participated in the Freedom Movement in 1942. Pandey was a part of the famous Young Turks of Bihar Congress during the independence movement along with Bindeshwari Dubey, Bhagwat Jha Azad, Chandrashekhar Singh, Satyendra Narayan Sinha, Abdul Ghafoor all future chief ministers and Sitaram Kesri, future national president of Indian National Congress. He participated in the Trade Union Movement from 1946 to 57.

Political career

In the first General Election's held in 1957, he contented for the Bagaha legislative constituency of the Bihar Vidhan Sabha and won. He served as Deputy Minister of Home Affairs, Police, Irrigation & Power among other portfolios from 1957 to 1962. He was again elected to the Bihar Vidhan Sabha in the Nautan constituency, serving from 1967 to 1977 holding ministerial portfolios such as Industry and Agriculture. He was the Health Minister of Bihar from 27 September 1973 to 11 April 1975 in the Abdul Gafoor cabinet.

He was imprisoned for 11 months. courted arrest three times during 1977-79, when Indira Gandhi was arrested. Post-Imergency, he named Bihar Pradesh Congress Committee President in 1977. He was Vice-Chairman of Bihar Indian National Trade Union Congress. He was Chief Ministers of Bihar from March 1972 to 2 July 1973.[4][5][6]>[7]

In 1980 Congress (I) provided a ticket from Bettiah and he became a member of parliament Lok Sabha. He was Minister of Railways as well as Ministry of Rural Development from 12 November 1980 to 14 January 1982. [8][9]

Special interests

Science and Mathematics.

Travels abroad

Round the world trip; U.S.A. (1968) U.K. (1974), South East Asian countries, Japan, U.S.S.R., and Hungary.


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  2. ^ Indian Parliamentary Companion: Who's who of Members of Lok Sabha. India: Lok Sabha Secretariat. 2003.
  3. ^ "Sanjay Gandhi spearheads new thrust in Congress". India Today. Retrieved 8 September 2020.
  4. ^ "A look at the line-up for chief ministers, dissensions within the Congress(I) and poll prospects". Retrieved 8 September 2020.
  5. ^ "Bihar CM Jagannath removed by Congress(I) high command, detractors surprised". Retrieved 8 September 2020.
  6. ^ "Bindeshwari Dubey shuns official CM residence, moves into state guest-house". Retrieved 8 September 2020.
  7. ^ "Bihar CM Jagannath removed by Congress(I) high command, detractors surprised". Retrieved 8 September 2020.
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  9. ^ "Incomes of Cabinet ministers in 1980-81". Retrieved 8 September 2020.
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