KALYAN SINGH Biography - Royalty, Rulers & leaders


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Kalyan Singh is a prominent political leader of U.P. He was born at Aligarh in Uttar Pradesh. This backward caste leader joined the high-caste Hindu dominated RSS on the eve of Independence while in school. He was elected to the State Assembly for the first time in 1967 from Atrauli. He has retained the constituency at every election except in 1980. He served as leader of the opposition in the U.P. Assembly in the late 1980’s.


In 1991, Kalyan Singh became the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. His administrative abilities were appreciated. Later, he had to resign after the Babri Masjid demolition. He again became the Chief Minister in 1997 with the support of the BSP. The BSP withdrew its support after merely one month but the Government of Kalyan Singh survived. He gifted portfolios to party men and allies alike and made his ministry among the largest in the country.