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Virbhadra Singh

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Virbhadra Singh
4th Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh
In office
25 December 2012 – 27 December 2017
Preceded byPrem Kumar Dhumal
Succeeded byJai Ram Thakur
ConstituencyShimla Rural
In office
6 March 2003 – 30 December 2007
Preceded byPrem Kumar Dhumal
Succeeded byPrem Kumar Dhumal
In office
3 December 1993 – 24 March 1998
Preceded byShanta Kumar
Succeeded byPrem Kumar Dhumal
In office
8 April 1983 – 5 March 1990
Preceded byThakur Ram Lal
Succeeded byShanta Kumar
MLA, Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly
In office
2017 – 8 July 2021
Preceded byGovind Ram Sharma
Succeeded byVacant
Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
In office
19 January 2011 – 26 June 2012
Prime MinisterManmohan Singh
Preceded byDinsha Patel
Succeeded byVilasrao Deshmukh
Minister of Steel
In office
28 May 2009 – 18 January 2011
Prime MinisterManmohan Singh
Preceded byRam Vilas Paswan
Succeeded byBeni Prasad Verma
Minister of State for Industries
In office
September 1982 – April 1983
Prime MinisterIndira Gandhi
Minister of State for Tourism, Civil Aviation
In office
December 1976 – March 1977
Prime MinisterIndira Gandhi
Personal details
Born(1934-06-23)23 June 1934
Sarahan, Punjab, British India
(now in Himachal Pradesh, India)
Died8 July 2021(2021-07-08) (aged 87)[1][2]
Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India
Political partyIndian National Congress
Alma materColonel Brown Cambridge School
St. Edward's School, Shimla
Bishop Cotton School (Shimla)
St. Stephen's College, Delhi
Delhi University

Virbhadra Singh (23 June 1934 – 8 July 2021) was an Indian politician. He was the longest-serving and 4th Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh. He was the Chief Minister from 2012 to 2017 before being replaced by BJP's Jai Ram Thakur in December 2017.[3] He also was Chief Minister from 1983 to 1990, from 1993 to 1998 and from 2003 to 2007. He was an elected member of the Lok Sabha in 1962, 1967, 1971, 1980 and in 2009. He was a member of the Indian National Congress.[4]

Early life[change | change source]

Virbhadra Singh was born on 23 June 1934 at Sarahan, Shimla district.[5] He was born to a the royal family of the princely state of Bushahr.

Singh studied at Colonel Brown Cambridge School, Dehradun, St. Edward's School, Shimla and Bishop Cotton School, Shimla. He later got a BA Honours degree from St. Stephen's College, Delhi.

He married Ratna Kumari in May 1954.[6] The couple's daughter Abhilasha Kumari is a former judge.

In 1986, he was married for the second time, to Pratibha Singh.[5][7] His second wife was elected to Lok Sabha in 2004.

Death[change | change source]

Sign was hospitalized in June 2021 in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh with COVID-19.[8] He died from the infection on 8 July 2021, aged 87.[9]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Former 6 time Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister passes away at 87". thehindu.com.
  2. "Himachal ex-CM Virbhadra Singh passes away at 87". Times of India. 8 July 2021. Retrieved 8 July 2021.
  3. "About Himachal's Ex-CM Virbhadra Singh". Archived from the original on 2021-04-24. Retrieved 2021-05-03.
  4. Pathak, Vikas (28 October 2017). "Ex-CM Virbhadra Singh known as "Raja Sahib"". The Hindu.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Bio Data of Chief Minister". Archived from the original on 2012-12-30. Retrieved 27 December 2012.
  6. "Members Bioprofile".
  7. "Detailed Profile: Shri Virbhadra Singh". Government of India. Archived from the original on 14 May 2011. Retrieved 5 January 2012.
  8. "Raja Sahib who ruled hearts for 50 years loses last battle". Hindustan Times. 8 July 2021.
  9. "Former Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh passes away". 8 July 2021.