Digvijay Singh

1 Digvijay Singh (born 28 February 1947) is an Indian politician, a former Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh and a senior leader of the Indian National Congress political party. He was Minister (1980 - 84) in the Cabinet of Shri Arjun Singh, the then Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh. He became the President of Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee in the year 1985. He has been the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh state for two consecutive five-year terms. He first became Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh on 7 December 1993 and continued to hold the post till Congress was voted out of power in the November 2003. He is a General Secretary of the All India Congress Committee.

Digvijay Singh was born in the Raghogarh royal principality. He hails from Rajput background. He was educated at Daly College in Indore. He is also an alumnus of Shri Govindram Seksaria Institute of Technology and Science, where he completed a B.E. in Mechanical Engineering in 1968.

Digvijay Singh first became president of the Raghogarh municipal committee at the age of 22 years. He then joined the congress party in 1971. He contested his first assembly elections in 1977 for the congress party and became an MLA for the first time from Raghogarh constituency. He was again elected MLA from Raghogarh constituency and became a Minister of State and later a Cabinet Minister in the Madhya Pradesh state government led by Arjun Singh in 1980–84. He was elected as a Member of Parliament in 1984 and 1991 from Rajgarh constituency and became the President of Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee in 1985. In 1993 Digvijay Singh became the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh. He won the bye election from Chachhoda constituency as he could not contest from the Raghogarh constituency which was vacated for him by his brother Laxman Singh who won the seat in 1993 assembly elections because Laxman Singh's election to assembly was challenged by a candidate through a petition. He then got re-elected for his second term as chief minister in 1998 and again won the election from Raghogarh constituency. However, congress government was defeated in 2003 assembly elections, and BJP came back to power which it is in till now. Digvijay Singh was elected MLA from Raghogarh constituency in 2003.