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After his 66th birthday, Digamber Singh announced to never contest against Vishvendra Singh

The two were always waging war over who was the bigger Jat leader.

jaipur Updated: Oct 27, 2017 19:25 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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Congress leader Vishvendra Singh consoles Dr Digamber Singh’s family members in Bharatpur on Friday.(HT Photo)

Dr Digamber Singh and Congress leader Vishvendra Singh were political rivals – until October 1, when the Congress legislator walked up to him to wish him on his birthday. In reciprocation for Vishvendra’s generosity, Digamber Singh announced that he will never contest against him.

Digamber Singh had defeated Vishvendra Singh in the 2008 assembly election by a narrow margin of 3,524 votes. In 2013, Vishvendra Singh paid him back in the same coin by trouncing him by 11,162 votes.

The two were always waging war over who was the bigger Jat leader. However, this year Vishvendra Singh emerged a taller leader when he decided that it’s all water under the bridge and went to Digamber Singh’s house to wish him on his birthday.

Digamber Singh was born in Barkheda Faujdar village in Bhartpur. He studied MBBS from Jodhpur’s SN Medical College and joined the state government health department. He resigned from the service in 1992 and joined politics.

He was the BJP district president from 1994 to 1999 and contested 1997 Lok Sabha election from Bharatpur. He lost to former foreign minister Natwar Singh.

Singh contested the 2003 assembly election and won. He was appointed as a cabinet health minister from 2003 to 2007 and minister for industry.

Following Santosh Ahlawat’s election to Lok Sabha, she vacated the Surajgarh assembly constituency. Digamber Singh contested the bypoll but lost to Congress’ Shravan Kumar.

The state government appointed him the vice-chairman of the Twenty Point Programme state implementation committee and gave him the status of a cabinet minister.

First Published: Oct 27, 2017 19:25 IST