Digvijay Singh

Digvijay Singh

Digvijay Singh

Date of Birth : February 28, 1947

Mini Biography :

Digvijay Singh (born February 28, 1947) is a former Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh and a senior Congress (I) politician.He has been the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh state for two five-year terms. He first became Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh on December 7, 1993 and continued to hold the post till Congress was voted out of power in the November 2003. He is currently a General Secretary of the All India Congress Committee. He is popularly known as Diggi Raja.

Digvijay Singh was born in in the royal family of Raghogarh principality, in Guna district of Madhya Pradesh. He studied at the Daly College, Indore, a private school established in 1882. During his school days he was an outstanding sportsman. He was member of the school team in cricket, hockey and soccer. He also was the national squash champion, the youngest to ever win it.

He is an engineering graduate from SGSITS in Indore. He is also a St. Stephen’s College, Delhi alumni.

Digvijay Singh joined politics at the age of 24. He became the President of Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee in 1984. In 1977, he was elected Member of State Legislative Assembly. He became a Minister of State and later a Cabinet Minister under the MP Government headed by Arjun Singh in 1980-84. He was elected as a Member of Parliament in 1984 and 1991 from Rajgarh. He has been representing his hometown and constituency (Raghogarh) for many years in the State Assembly elections as well. However, in the Madhya Pradesh State Assembly Election in December 2003 Congress was reduced to a strength of 37 members in a house of 230. Digvijay Singh had vowed publicly and repeatedly not to go for any elections for 10 years if he did not win the December 2003 elections and kept his words.

He forged successful alliances and winning elections for the party as the general secretary of the congress in Assam and Maharastra. Only low was in Bihar state assembly elections in 2005.

He was recently named in a list of the 10 most powerful politicians in the UPA. Digvijaya Singh is also credited with the recent revival of The Congress in Uttar Pradesh, where the Congress emerged as the single largest party in the 2009 Lok Sabha Elections.

He is also political advisor for Rahul Gandhi.

Blame not on me and Rahul if poll results not in our favour: Digvijay

Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh on Friday said he and not Rahul Gandhi should be held responsible if election results in Uttar Pradesh are not in favour of the party. Singh told a TV channel that he as the AICC...

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UP Polls: Now Digvijay raised up President rule issue

After Sriprakash Jaiswal, another Congress leader Digvijay Singh on Friday suggested that the possibility of President's rule in Uttar Pradesh in face of a hung assembly cannot be ruled out altogether. "Every political party if it has majority has the...

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Mayawati-led BSP deep into corruption: Digvijaya

Congress leader Digvijay Singh on Monday alleged that "The BSP government in UP was deep into corruption. The Congress-led UPA government had sent Rs 8,670 crores under NHRM to upgrade the health facilities in UP but no one is here...

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Support Rahul Gandhi’s mission in Uttar Pradesh: Digvijay

Congress leader Digvijay Singh advised voters to support Rahul Gandhi's mission in Uttar Pradesh. Asking people to discard the 'M' factor and vote for the 'D' factor, Singh in a three-minute speech in the Muradnagar constituency said 'M' stands for...

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UP Polls: Congress will go HC for FIR against Rahul

Congress on Tuesday asserted that it will move the High Court seeking quashing of the FIR lodged against Rahul Gandhi for alleged violation of poll code, Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh told reporters here. The FIR was lodged against Rahul...

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UP polls: Congress makes tall promises

Talking to reporters, Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh said that the Congress party if brought to power would ensure establishment of a women run police station in each district in the state, the Political fever gripped in Uttar Pradesh. If...

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Digvijay overconfident about forming govt in UP?

Congress leader and in-charge of Uttar Pradesh Digvijay Singh is confident that his party will be able to form government on its own in UP after the assembly elections. "Today, we are in a position to claim that the Congress...

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Mayawati has lost her reliability in Dalits

Uttar Pradesh Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh on Monday charged on chief minister and Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati of failing to protect the interest of the Dalits. Digvijay Singh also said that "Mayawati has lost her credibility among the...

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RPI-A and Shiv Sena are opportunist : Digvijay Singh

The new political equation in Maharashtra, reflected in the alliance between Shiv Sena and the Ramdas Athavale-led faction of Republican Party of India (RPI),  drew flak from Congress, whose general secretary Digvijay Singh described it as an "opportunist" posture. Referring to...

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Bihar Elections : Bihar 4th phase poll on Monday

In Bihar, political campaign for the 4th stage of Assembly elections and Banka Parliamentary constituency closed. 42 Assembly constituencies will attend the polls in this stage on Mon. By-election to Banka parliamentary constituency was needed by the death of sitting MP...

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