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Virbhadra Singh: A half-century in politics

Tuesday, 25 December 2012 - 2:37pm IST | Place: Shimla | Agency: IANS
Here is a timeline of Singh's political career.

Congress veteran Virbhadra Singh, in active politics for over 50 years, on Tuesday took oath as Himachal Pradesh chief minister for a sixth time. He has now held this office for 16 years.

Popularly known as 'Raja Saab', Virbhadra Singh was born in the erstwhile princely state of Bushahr on June 23, 1934.

A timeline of his political career:

1962: Elected to Lok Sabha from Mahasu

1967: Re-elected to Lok Sabha from Mahasu

1971: Elected to Lok Sabha from Mandi

1976: Inducted as Union deputy minister for tourism and civil aviation

1977: Lost Lok Sabha election from Mandi

1980: Elected to Lok Sabha from Mandi

1982: Made Union minister of state for industries

1983: Appointed chief minister by replacing Ram Lal

1985: Elected to state assembly from Rohru; is chief minister a second time

1990: Elected to state assembly from Rohru

1993: Elected to state assembly from Rohru, appointed chief minister a third time

1998: Elected to state assembly from Rohru, becomes chief minister for the fourth time, but fails to prove his majority

2003: Elected to state assembly from Rohru, appointed chief minister for the fifth time

2007: Elected to state assembly from Rohru

2009: Elected to Lok Sabha from Mandi, appointed Union steel minister

2011: Appointed Union minister for micro, small and medium enterprises

2012: Resigned as minister, elected to state assembly from newly carved Shimla (rural) constituency




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