Sahib Singh Verma

15 Mar 1943
30 Jun 2007
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Sahib Singh Verma (15 March 1943, Mundka Village, Outer Delhi – 30 June 2007) was an Indian politician and the former senior vice-president of the Bharatiya Janata Party. He served as Chief Minister of Delhi (1996–1998) and was member of 13th Lok Sabha, Parliament of India (1999–2004).He also served as the Union Labour Minister of India.

He died on 30 June 2007, when his car collided with a truck near Jonaicha khurd, Shahajahanpur on the Jaipur-Delhi highway (NH-8).

Sahib Singh was born in a Hindu JAT[3] family of Lakra clan, on 15 March 1943 in Mundka village, Delhi to Mir Singh, a farmer, and Bharpai Devi.

He began his socio-political journey as a volunteer in the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and later climbed the ranks in politics. He had also served the World Jat Aryan Foundation, as its former president.

He has a PhD degree in Library Science, and started work as librarian in Bhagat Singh College, Delhi. He also holds a master’s degree in Arts, (M.A.) and also in Library Science from Aligarh Muslim University.

Married in 1954 to Sahib Kaur, he has two sons and three daughters. His son Pravesh Verma was the BJP candidate in the 2013 Delhi assembly election for Mehrauli & won the seat by defeating Delhi Vidhan Sabha Speaker Yoganand Shastri.In Indian general election, 2014,Pravesh Verma won the election from West Delhi Lok Sabha Constituency by a record margin of 2,68,586 votes.

In 1977 he was elected to the Municipal Corporation of Delhi and took the Oath as a Councillor by the hands of legendary Freedom Fighter Guru Radha Kishan.

Initially won as a Janata Party candidate he was re-elected on a BJP ticket. He became the Education and Development Minister in the Delhi government in 1993. In 1996, after Madan Lal Khurana was embroiled in a corruption crisis, Sahib Singh became the Chief Minister of Delhi despite Khurana being acquitted by the courts. Singh served as CM for two and a half years, facing increasing rivalry from Khurana. Following an onion price crisis, he was replaced by Sushma Swaraj.

Subsequently, he won the Lok Sabha elections, 1999 from Outer Delhi with a margin of over two lakh votes. In 2002, he became Minister of Labour in the Vajpayee government, and was known as “bull in a China shop” for standing up against the bureaucrats against lowering the Provident Fund interest rate. However, he was defeated in the 2004 polls.

Verma was respected among the teacher community of Delhi. He was the owner of a national Hindi daily newspaper called Haribhumi.

He died in a road accident in Rajasthan. Verma was returning to Delhi after laying a foundation stone for a school in Neem Ka Thana in Sikar district.

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