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Rajnath Singh

A Bharatiya Janata party veteran, Rajnath Singh is currently the Union home minister of India since May 26, 2014. He is also the head of the BJP's manifesto drafting committee. Singh, who was mostly ignored during the tenure of the present government — despite being part of the 'jodi number 1' that the BJP had projected in the run-up to the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, with the other half of that 'jodi' being Narendra Modi — is back in favour in the party before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. His appointment as the head of the manifesto-drafting panel is significant because in recent years the exercise of manifesto drafting has 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 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).
At present, he represents the Lucknow constituency of Uttar Pradesh in the Lok Sabha. He has previously represented another UP seat of Ghaziabad (from May 16, 2009 to May 16, 2014).


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