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Raman Singh

Designation :- CM

Party :- BJP

State :- Chhattisgarh

Date of Birth :- 1952-10-15

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Singh joined the Bharatiya Jan Sangh as a youth member and was the president of youth wing in Kawardha in 1976-77. He progressed to become a councillor of Kawardha municipality in 1983.[1]

He was elected to Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly consecutively in 1990 and 1993. In 1999 he was elected to the 13th Lok Sabha from the Rajnandgaon constituency in Chhattisgarh. In the government of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Singh became the Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry from 1999 to 2003. In present, he is the minister of General Administration, Finance, Electronics & Information Technology, Public Relations, Mining, Energy, Aviation and other departments which are not allotted to any Minister. He was later named as President of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the new state of Chhattisgarh, and led the party to a victory in the 2003 state Assembly elections.[2] With the other main contender for the Chief Minister's post, Dilip Singh Judeo, caught in the midst of a scam, the BJP leadership named Raman Singh as Chhattisgarh's second Chief Minister, and the first person to be elected to that post.[3]

He has received praise for his organisational abilities, as reflected in his state's position with regard to implementation of a programme to improve the conditions of Scheduled Tribes and Scheduled Castes. The United Nations has also recognised the work done in Chhattisgarh under his leadership and the fiscal management of the state is another aspect for which he is known.[3]

He banned naxalite organisations in Chhattisgarh in 2005 under the "Salwa Judum" initiative, a move supported by the opposition party as well, led by Mahendra Karma who was assassinated by naxalites on 25 May 2013.[4] Singh was sworn in for his second term on 12 December 2008.[5] On 8 December 2013 he was re-elected as the chief minister (CM) of the state.

He won re-election in 2013 for his third tenure as a CM of Chhattisgarh.