Term – July 25, 1982 to July 25, 1987
A leading politician with the Indian National Congress, Zail Singh had served as the Home Minister and had held several ministerial positions before being elected as the President. His term in office was also one of the most politically controversial periods marked by Operation Blue Star. PM Indira Gandhi was assassinated and the anti-Sikh riots of 1984 that followed also marked this period. He remains the only Sikh who served as the country’s President. Giani Zail Singh was also the member of Rajya Sabha from 1956 to 1962.
Political Affiliation – Indian National Congress