Singh in 2012
|Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha|
|Preceded by||Sompal Shastri|
|Succeeded by||Satyapal Singh|
|Preceded by||Chaudhary Charan Singh|
|Succeeded by||Sompal Shastri|
|Constituency||Baghpat, Uttar Pradesh|
|Minister of Civil Aviation|
18 December 2011 – 26 May 2014
|Prime Minister||Manmohan Singh|
|Preceded by||Vayalar Ravi|
|Succeeded by||Ashok Gajapathi Raju|
|Union Minister of Agriculture|
22 July 2001 – 24 May 2003
|Prime Minister||Atal Bihari Vajpayee|
|Preceded by||Nitish Kumar|
|Succeeded by||Rajnath Singh|
|Cabinet Minister for Food Processing Industries|
February 1995 – May 1996
|Prime Minister||P. V. Narasimha Rao|
|Preceded by||Tarun Gogoi|
|Succeeded by||Dilip kumar Ray|
|Minister of Commerce and Industry|
5 December 1989 – 10 November 1990
|Prime Minister||V. P. Singh|
|Preceded by||Dinesh Singh|
|Succeeded by||Pranab Mukherjee|
|Born||12 February 1939|
Meerut, United Provinces, British India
|Political party||Rashtriya Lok Dal|
|Spouse(s)||Radhika Singh (m.1967)|
|Children||Jayant Chaudhary and 2 Daughters|
|Residence||244/2, Shivaji Road, Meerut - 220001Uttar Pradesh|
|Alma mater||B.Sc from Lucknow University, B.Tech from IIT Kharagpur & M.S from Illinois Institute of Technology, USA|
Chaudhary Ajit Singh (born 12 February 1939) is an Indian politician. He is the founder and chief of the Rashtriya Lok Dal, a political party recognized in western part of state of Uttar Pradesh, and son of former Prime Minister of India late Chaudhary Charan Singh.
Ajit singh was first elected to Rajya Sabha (the upper house of Indian Parliament) in 1986 after his father and former prime minister Ch Charan Singh became ill. He was the President of Lok Dal (A) and Janata Party during 1987 and 1988, respectively. In 1989, he was General Secretary of Janata Dal after all the parties decided to merge under the leadership of VP Singh to take on the congress. Ajit Singh brought in most political strength from Uttar Pradesh to VP Singh during that election. At several occasions throughout his political career, Ajit Singh has been a significant political figure in government formations as well as alliances.
He was elected to Lok Sabha (the lower house of Indian Parliament) from Baghpat in 1989. He was Minister of Industry in V. P. Singh's cabinet from December 1989 to November 1990. He was re-elected to Lok Sabha in 1991 Indian general election. He served as Minister of Food in P. V. Narasimha Rao's cabinet.
Ajit Singh was re-elected in 1996 as a Congress candidate but resigned from the party and Lok sabha in 1996. He then founded Rashtriya Lok Dal and was re-elected in 1997 bye-election. He lost the 1998 election and was re-elected in 1999, 2004 and 2009.
He is a B.Tech (Computer Science) from IIT Kharagpur and M.S. from Illinois Institute of Technology. He was a computer scientist by profession and one of the first Indians to work with IBM in the 1960s.
- "Official biographical sketch in Parliament of India website". Archived from the original on 1 February 2013. Retrieved 7 July 2010.
- "With Chaudhury Charan Singh in hospital, Ajit Singh likely to step in as Lok Dal chief". India Today. Retrieved 8 September 2020.