Madan Lal Khurana

Madan Lal Khurana
Madan Lal Khurana
Date of Birth : October 15, 1936

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Madan Lal Khurana (born October 15, 1936) is an Indian politician and former Chief Minister of Delhi. He has also served as the Governor of Rajasthan.Madan Lal Khurana was born in Lyallpur, (now called Faisalabad in Pakistan) to Shri S.D. Khurana and Smt. Laxmi Devi. Khurana was barely 12 when the family was forced to migrate to Delhi by Partition and began to piece its life together again at a refugee colony in Kirti Nagar, West Delhi.He did his graduation from Kirori Mal College under Delhi University.He obtained M.A. degree in Economics from Allahabad University and B.Ed. from Gandhi Memorial College, Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir.

Khurana had his training in politics at Allahabad University, where he was doing his post-graduation in economics. He was general secretary of the Allahabad Students Union in 1959 and became general secretary of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad in 1960.

As a youth, Khurana became a teacher with Vijay Kumar Malhotra, another veteran leader of the BJP, at PGDAV (evening) College before deciding to enter politics.Khurana, Malhotra, Kedar Nath Sahni and Kanwar Lal Gupta founded the Delhi chapter of the Jan Sangh, forerunner of the BJP. Khurana was the Jan Sangh’s general secretary from 1965 to 1967. He dominated first Municipal Corporation politics and then the Metropolitan Council where he was the Chief Whip, Executive Councillor and Leader of the Opposition by turns.

BJP suffered badly in 1984 general-elections, held after the death of Indira Gandhi. Khurana is credited with reviving the party in India’s capital (New Delhi). He worked tirelessly, which earned him the title of ‘Dilli Ka Sher’ (Lion of Delhi). He was the chief minister of Delhi from 1993 until he resigned in 1996. Party declined to reinstate him and preferred staying with the late Sahib Singh Verma who enjoyed significant clout among the powerful Jat community in whole of North India.

Peak of his career saw him the Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs and Tourism in the Vajpayee government, governor of Rajasthan from January 14, 2004 to October 28, 2004, when he resigned to return to politics in Delhi after about half a dozen MLA’s from Delhi went up to him in Jaipur Raj Bhawan requesting him to return to active politics.

On 20 August 2005, Khurana was removed from the BJP for indiscipline for publicly criticising BJP president Lal Krishna Advani and expressing inability and discomfort at serving with him. On 12 September 2005, he was taken back to the party and given back his responsibilities after he apologized about his remarks about the party’s leadership.

However, on March 19, 2006, he was again expelled from the primary membership of BJP for his anti-party statements.Khurana openly spoke against the party leadership as he announced to attend expelled Saffron Party leader Uma Bharti’s rally in Delhi.He, in a press conference, declared that he will be going to attend the expelled Uma Bharati’s rally in New Delhi.He has since joined Uma Bharati’s party, Bharatiya Janshakti Party. He along with Kedar Nath Sahani kept the party afloat in New Delhi for more than four decades spanning from 1960 to 2000.Khurana too left Uma’s political outfit accusing her of not helping solve his cause as committed. He accused her of not participating in his cause of giving weightage to his mission of developing Delhi.

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