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Rajnath Singh

A Bharatiya Janata party veteran, Rajnath Singh is the Union Defence Minister in the second term of the Narendra Modi-led central government, which came to power on the back on a strong mandate in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Throughout the first term of the Modi government, Singh had been the Union home minister. He had also been the head of the BJP's manifesto drafting committee. His appointment as the head of the manifesto-drafting panel was significant because in recent years the exercise of manifesto drafting had been used by political parties to reach out to the public at large to give them a sense of being part of the drafting process and galvanise party workers as well.
 
In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Rajnath Singh contested from Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh, a seat from where he had won the 2014 general elections, too. Singh beat Poonam Shatrughan Sinha of the Samajwadi Party (SP) by a margin of 347302 votes. He received 56.7% of the votes cast in the constituency.

In the previous National Democratic Alliance government, under Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Singh was the agriculture minister from 2003 to 2004. Before that, he had been the 19th chief minister of Uttar Pradesh (from October 28, 2000, to March 8, 2002).
 
Earlier, Singh had represented another UP seat of Ghaziabad (from May 16, 2009 to May 16, 2014).

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