Shimla: Congress veteran Virbhadra Singh, in active politics for over 50 years, Tuesday took oath as Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister for a sixth time. He has now held this office for 16 years.
Popularly known as ‘Raja Saab’, Virbhadra Singh was born in the erstwhile princely state of Bushahr on June 23, 1934.
A timeline of his political career:
1962: Elected to Lok Sabha from Mahasu
1967: Re-elected toe Lok Sabha from Mahasu
1971: Elected to Lok Sabha from Mandi
1976: Inducted as union deputy minister for tourism and civil aviation
1977: Lost Lok Sabha election from Mandi
1980: Elected to Lok Sabha from Mandi
1982: Made union minister of state for industries
1983: Appointed chief minister by replacing Ram Lal
1985: Elected to state assembly from Rohru; is chief minister a second time
1990: Elected to state assembly from Rohru
1993: Elected to state assembly from Rohru, appointed chief minister a third time
1998: Elected to state assembly from Rohru, becomes chief minister for the fourth time but fails to prove his majority
2003: Elected to state assembly from Rohru, appointed chief minister for the fifth time
2007: Elected to state assembly from Rohru
2009: Elected to Lok Sabha from Mandi, appointed union steel minister
2011: Appointed union minister for micro, small and medium enterprises
2012: Resigned as minister, elected to state assembly from newly carved Shimla (Rural) constituency
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