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Arjun Singh

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india Updated: May 30, 2007 18:28 IST

Arjun Singh, a veteran Congress (I) leader, is the current Human Resources and Development (HRD) Minister.

He held the same post in 1991 in the Narasimha Rao government from which he resigned following the Babri Masjid demolition controversy. He had then formed the All India Indira Congress (Tiwari) with the support of Narain Dutt Tiwari.

They lost the 1996 Lok Sabha elections and the Congress too lost power at the Centre. Later he returned back to the Congress and lost again from Hoshangabad in 1999. He got elected for the Rajya Sabha in April 2000. He has twice served as a minister in the Rajiv Gandhi government, and has held the post of chief minister of Madhya Pradesh three times & Governor of Punjab once for a short period.

As Governor of Punjab he worked for the Rajiv-Longwal Accord for peace in Punjab. He was awarded the Outstanding Parliamentarian Award for the year 2000. He takes keen interest in social work and has been closely associated with various social and cultural organisations.