10 facts about Chhattisgarh’s Chief Minister Raman Singh
Raman Singh is the Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh since December 7, 2003 and a member of BJP. He is known for his developmental work.
Here are some facts about him:
1. He joined the Bharatiya Jan Sangh as a youth member and progressed to become a councilor.
2. He was elected to Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly in 1990 and 1998.
3. In 1999, Raman Singh was elected to the Lok Sabha from the Rajnandgaon constituency in Chhattisgarh.
4. In Atal Bihari Vajpayee Government, he became the Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry.
5. He became the president of the BJP in the newly formed State of Chhattisgarh and led the party to a victory in the 2003 State Assembly election.
6. 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 Chattisgarh’s second Chief Minister, and the first person to be elected to that post.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. He banned Maoist organisations in Chhattisgarh in 2005 under the ‘Salwa Judum’ initiative, a move supported by the opposition party as well, led by the late Mahendra Karma (assassinated by Maoists on May 25, 2013).
10. Singh was sworn-in for his second term on December 12, 2008.
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