Shivraj Singh Chouhan Biography
Shivraj Singh Chouhan was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh for the second time on December 12, 2008. He has been the Chief Minister of the state since 2005 when he replaced Babulal Gaur. He joined the RSS in the seventies and then went on to become the President of the State BJP unit.
He was elected from Budhni in the Assembly election in 2008 on a BJP ticket.
He was born in a farmer’s family to Shri Prem Singh Chouhan and Smt Sundar Bai on 5th March, 1959, at Jait Village in Sehore district. He studied at the Model Higher Secondary School where he was the president of the School Students’ Union. He went on to do a Master’s in Philosophy (gold medal) from Barkatulla University, Bhopal.
He is married to Smt Sadhana Singh. They have two sons.
His interests are in music and spiritual literature and he has been a member of the Hindi Salahkar Samiti.
He joined the RSS in 1977 and was appointed Organizing Secretary ABVP in 1978. He became the General Secretary of the ABVP in 1980 and rose steadily as a student leader to finally become the President of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha in 1988.
In 1990 he was elected to the Legislative Assembly from Budhni constituency. In 1991 he was elected to the 10th Lok Sabha from Vidisha.
In 1996 he was reelected from Vidisha to the 11th Lok Sabha. While in the Lok Sabha, he was a member of Lok Sabha committee on Urban and Rural Development and the Consultative Committee, Ministry of Human Resource Development.
From 1997 to 1998 he was the General Secretary of Madhya Pradesh BJP. In 1998 he was reelected to this third term as MP in the 12th Lok Sabha. He served as a member of Committee on Urban and Rural Development and the Sub-Committee on Ministry of Rural Areas and Employment.
In 1999 he was elected to his fourth term as MP in the 13th Lok Sabha. He served on the Committee on Agriculture and the Committee on Public Undertakings. In addition he was the Chairman of House Committee of the Lok Sabha and the National Secretary of the BJP.
In 2004 he was elected to the 14th Lok Sabha, though he has lost to incumbent Chief Minister Digvijay Singh in the Assembly elections in the state in 2003. In the 14th Lok Sabha he was a member of Joint committee on Offices of Profit, the Committee on Ethics and headed the Housing Committee of Lok sabha.
Shivraj Singh was appointed President Madhya Pradesh BJP in 2005 and on November 30, 2005, was chosen to become the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh. The following year he contested and won the by-election to the Assembly from Budhni.
In 2008, he led BJP to its second consecutive election victory in the State and assumed the office of Chief Minister on December 12, 2008.