Bhajan Lal


Bhajanlal Bishnoi
Chief Minister of Haryana
In office
29 June 1979 – 5 July 1986
Preceded byChaudhary Devi Lal
Succeeded byBansi Lal
In office
23 July 1991 – 9 May 1996
Preceded byPresident's Rule
Succeeded byBansi Lal
Member of the Indian Parliament
for Karnal
In office
Preceded byIshwar Dayal Swami
Succeeded byIshwar Dayal Swami
Member of the Indian Parliament
for Hisar
In office
Preceded byJai Parkash
Succeeded byKuldeep Bishnoi
Member of legislative assembly
In office
1972 to 2005
Preceded byH singh
Succeeded byKuldeep Bishnoi
Personal details
Born(1930-10-06)6 October 1930
Kotwali, Punjab, British India
(now in Punjab, Pakistan)
Died3 June 2011(2011-06-03) (aged 80)
Hisar, Haryana, India
Political partyIndian National Congress (1982–96)
Janata Party (1979–82)
Haryana Janhit Congress
Spouse(s)Jasmadevi Bishnoi
ChildrenChander Mohan Bishnoi
Kuldeep Bishnoi
Roshni Bishnoi

Bhajanlal Bishnoi (6 October 1930 – 3 June 2011) was a politician and three-time chief minister from the Indian state of Haryana. He first became the Chief Minister in 1979, again in 1982, and again in 1991. He also served as the Union Agricultural Minister.

Early life

Bhajan Lal Bishnoi was born on 6 October 1930 in the Kotwali village of British India's Bahawalpur princely state, which is now in Pakistan.[1][2] He married Jasmadevi, with whom he had two sons - Chander Mohan Bishnoi and Kuldip Bishnoi and a daughter, Roshni. A farmer by profession, Lal started his political career by becoming a village sarpanch and later the chairman of pamnchayaity samiti of Hisar. He join the Congress Party, and became the president of the Congress Mandal in the region. He was elected to the Haryana Assembly for the first time in 1968 after winning the mid-term polls in Adampur.

Political career

Lal was the chief minister of the Haryana state. His first term began on 28 June 1979. He was re-elected on May 23rd, 1982 serving until July 1985. His third term ran from 23 July 1991 to 11 May 1996. He also served as a union cabinet minister at the centre, holding the Agriculture and Environments and Forest portfolios during Rajiv Gandhi's administration. When Indira Gandhi came to power in January 1980, Lal was serving as CM of Janata Party in Haryana; he immediately defected with the majority of the party's MLAs to Congress and continued as CM. This act revealed him as an opportunist and as an exemplar of 'आया राम गया राम' culture in which opportunist politicians show no loyalty.

The victory of the Indian National Congress in Haryana's 2005 elections caused a major rift in its state unit, as it opted to make Bhupinder Hooda, a Jat, the Chief Minister instead of Lal.[3] In 2007, Lal officially announced he would form a new party, called the Haryana Janhit Congress. The key event that brought this about was the suspension of his son Kuldeep Bishnoi from the Indian National Congress, for criticizing the party's central leaders.[4]

2009 Lok Sabha Elections

Lal fought election from Hissar and defeated Sampat Singh, INLD leader by 6983 votes, Jai parkash of Congress came at third position in a high-profile battle.[5]


Bhajan Lal died on 3 June 2011 in Hisar following a heart attack.[6][7]

See also


  1. ^ "Former Haryana chief minister Bhajan Lal dies of heart attack". NDTV. Press Trust of India. 3 June 2011. Archived from the original on 18 April 2016. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  2. ^ "Haryana Vidhan Sabha: Who's who: 2000" (PDF). Government of Haryana. p. 40. Archived from the original on 18 April 2016. Retrieved 18 April 2016.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  3. ^ "Bhajan Lal makes a turnaround". The Hindu. 6 March 2005. Archived from the original on 19 August 2010. Retrieved 3 November 2010.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  4. ^ "Bhajan Plans New Party". The Times of India. 14 March 2007. Retrieved 3 November 2010.
  5. ^ "Sampat Singh Quits INLD". Outlook (India). Retrieved 5 January 2020.
  6. ^ "Bhajan Lal passes away". The Hindu. 3 June 2011. Retrieved 4 June 2011.
  7. ^ "Bhajan Lal, 80, dies of heart attack". The Times of India. 3 June 2011. Retrieved 4 June 2011.
Political offices
Preceded by Chief Minister of Haryana
Succeeded by
Preceded by Chief Minister of Haryana
Succeeded by