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Ajit Singh

Ajit Singh is a politician from Uttar Pradesh and the President of the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD). He is the son of former Prime Minister Chaudhary Charan Singh. Ajit has held Cabinet portfolios in several governments -- he was the Minister of Agriculture in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government, the Minister of Industry in VP Singh’s Cabinet, the Minister of Food during PV Narasimha Rao’s reign, and the Civil Aviation Minister in the first term of United Progressive Alliance.
Ajit Singh was first elected to the Rajya Sabha when his father fell ill. He was the President of the Lok Dal (Ajit) -- the party he formed after the Janata Dal split into several factions on the death of Chaudhary Charan Singh-- in 1987 and Janata Party in 1988. He was elected to Lok Sabha from the Baghpat constituency in 1989. He is an important leader of the Jat community in Western Uttar Pradesh. He won several elections from the constituency, losing only twice -- once in 1998 and again in 2014.
He is an important leader of the Jat community in western Uttar Pradesh. However, he has lost some influence in his pocket borough since the Bharatiya Janata Party won a massive mandate in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. The RLD has been a part of governments of several hues at the Centre. For the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Ajit Singh's RLD has joined forces with the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party. 
In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Ajit Singh's son Jayant Chaudhary will contest from Baghpat. Baghpat goes to the polls on April 11. Ajit Singh is contesting the polls against Sanjeev Balyan of the BJP in the Muzaffarnagar constituency.


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