About Ajit Singh
Choudhary Ajit Singh is a prominent Jat leader and the founder of Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) party. He started his political journey as a Rajya Sabha member. He served as a Minister of Civil Aviation from December 2011 to May 2014. In his career of 25 years, Ajit Singh aligned himself with parties of different motives and backgrounds. He has been elected to Lok Sabha seven times and also became the Union Minister for Industry and the Union Minister for Food.
Family Background of Ajit Singh
Ajit Singh was born on 12 February 1939 to Choudhary Charan Singh, the former Prime Minister of India, and Gayatri Devi in Bhadola, Meerut district of Uttar Pradesh. He first did B.Sc. from Lucknow University and then opted for B.Tech from IIT Kharagpur. He is also an alumnus of the Illinois Institute of Technology, USA, from where he completed his Master of Science.
He has keen interest in agriculture and computer technology. He was a computer scientist by profession and worked with multinationals such as IBM in United States for almost 15 years before coming back to India.
He got married on 17 June 1967 to Radhika Singh and has three children. He has one son, Jayant Choudhary, who is also the member of the 15th Lok Sabha from the Mathura constituency, Uttar Pradesh.
Entry of Ajit Singh into Politics
Politics was in the blood of Ajit Singh. Even though he had no interest in politics in his earlier life, he had to join his father’s political party when the latter got very ill, on the insistence of his father’s followers. There was a huge rally organised by then District Presidents of Lokdal, and he was welcomed with a green-coloured Maruti Gypsy as a gift, after which Ajit Singh never looked back.
He was made the member of Rajya Sabha from Uttar Pradesh in 1986. After the death of his father the very next year, he was asked to step forward as the leader of the party, which was not acceptable to fellow party leaders such as Mulayam Singh Yadav and Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna. The party was then divided, separating into factions of Jats and the backward classes. With the support of Jats, Ajit Singh merged his newly formed party, Lok Dal (Ajit) with Janata Party. He won every Lok Sabha election he contested from Baghpat, which was his father’s constituency, except the one which he lost to Som Nath Shastri in 1998. In 2014 LS elections he lost the seat to Satyapal Singh of Bhartiya Janata Party with a big margin.
Political Journey of Ajit Singh
- After being elected to the Rajya Sabha and separating himself to form Lok Dal (A), Ajit Singh merged his party with Janata Party and became its president in 1988. The party leaders further merged the Janata Party with the Jan Morcha, which was then headed by V.P. Singh. This new party was named Janata Dal and Singh was made Secretary General.
- In 1989, he won the election and became the Industries Minister. At this time he was the part of the National Front government with Vishwanath Pratap Singh as the PM.
- In the mid 1990s Ajit Singh, along with other Janata Dal leaders, left the party to join the Indian National Congress and became a minister in the P.V. Narasimha Rao government.
- In 1996 he again won the Baghpat seat under the INC banner and became the Union Food Minister. Just after one year, he resigned from the party and formed a separate party, Bhartiya Kisan Kamgar Party. Also, he resigned from Lok Sabha and contested the election to be victorious again by defeating the INC candidate, Mukhiya Gurjar.
- He supported the United Front government and contested election in 1998, which brought him his first defeat from Som Pal Shastri of the BJP. In the very next year, he formed a new party, Rashtriya Lok Dal, and won the election.
- He was supporting the Bahujan Samaj Party but suddenly in 2003 withdrew his support, which ultimately caused the downfall of the Mayawati government. It was after the parting of the BJP and the BSP. Then in July the very same year, his party tied up with the Bharatiya Janata Party when the UP assembly elections were approaching. He won the election to become the Minister for Agriculture.
- In 2002, he supported the Samajwadi party, headed by Mulayam Singh Yadav, the then party in power, but withdrew the support just before the Assembly elections in 2007 due to differences on farmer’s policies.
- In 2009, again he joined hands with the BJP led NDA and was re-elected to the Lok Sabha from Baghpat only. After two years, in December 2011, just before the UP Assembly elections, he came back to the Congress and now is the Civil Aviation Minister under the Congress.
Ajit Singh Elections result
|Year||Constituency ||State ||Status|
|2009||Baghpat||Uttar Pradesh||Won |
- Government of India
Last Updated on Feb 17, 2020