Former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and the current Union Home minister Raj Nath Singh kickstarted his career as a physics lecturer who later used his affiliation with RSS to ingratiate himself with the Janata party. He contested in the 1977 assembly elections as a JNP candidate from Mirzapur constituency. He defeated Azahar Imam of INC. He lost the 1980 and 1985 assembly elections where he contested as a BJP candidate. After working his way up the party, he was appointed to the Uttar Pradesh Legislative council in 1988. In 1991, he became Education Minister in the first BJP government in the state of Uttar Pradesh. In April 1994, he was elected into the Rajya Sabha. In 1997, he became the President of the BJP's unit in Uttar Pradesh and in 1999 he became the Union Cabinet Minister for Surface Transport. His illustrious career trajectory led him to become the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh in 2000. He was appointed as the BJP National president in 2005. In 2009 he was elected to 15th Lok Sabha from Ghaziabad constituency. In 2014 he contested and won in the 16th Lok Sabha elections from Lucknow constituency. He presently serves as the Union Minister in the Narendra Modi Government.
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