Rajnath Singh, one of the leaders of Bharatiya Janata Party was elected as the party president on Wednesday 23 January 2013. Singh, who has been the party president from 2006 - 2009, succeeded Nitin Gadkari, who was contesting for a second consecutive term.
Rajnath Singh was born on 10 July 1951 to Shri Rambadan Singh and Srimati Gujarati Devi. He was born in a farmer's family at village Babhora in Varansi, Uttar Pradesh. He completed his basic education in his village and completed his higher studies at Gorakhapur University, UP. Mr. Singh started his career as a lecturer of Physics at K.B. Post-Graduate College Mirzapur, UP.
Mr. Singh started political career in his student life, as an RSS worker; he was the organizational secretary of of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad’s Gorakhpur
division from 1969 to 1971. He entered politics in 1974 and in 1977 he was elected as an MLA from Uttar Pradesh
assembly. In 1991 he became the education minister; during his tenure as education minister, he incorporated vedic mathematics into the syllabus.
In 1994, Mr. Singh was elected as Rajya Sabha member; in 1999, he became the Minister of Agriculture and handled the most volatile area of India's economy. He became the Chief Minister of UP in 2000. In 2004 when BJP lost power and the most prominent figure of the party, LK Advani resigned, the party became very weak. To make the matters worse, senior party leader Pramod Mahajan was shot dead by his estranged brother. At that time Mr. Singh rebuilt the party by focusing mainly on Hindutva ideology.
Rajnath Singh has got many political achievements to his credit; he took an initiative and got Anti Copy Act passed while he was the Union Education Minister. As an Agriculture Minister he brought down interest rates on agricultural loans. As Chief Minister of undivided UP he tried to rationalize the reservation structure in government jobs and as BJP national president he insisted to provide loans to farmers at one percent interest and succeeded in it.