Shanta Kumar was born to Jagannath Sharma and Kaushalya Devi in Garhjamula, Kangra district, Himachal Pradesh.He holds a Bachelor of Arts, from Panjab University and LL.B from Delhi Law College. He started his political career in 1963, when he was elected as a Panch in the Gram Panchayat for Garhjamula. He was subsequently elected as a member of the Panchayat Samiti in Bhawarna and then was president of Zilla Parishad,Kangra.
Shanta Kumar is a Loka Sabha MP, a former 3rd Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh and a former Union Minister of Government of India. He belongs to Bharatiya Janata Party and was known to be the most senior Minister during Atal Bihari Vajpayee Government.
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