Jagdambika Pal


Jagdambika Pal (born 21 October 1950)[1] is an Indian politician who was the 17th Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. He was also a member of 15th Lok Sabha & 16th Lok Sabha and was a member of Indian National Congress, until he resigned on 7 March 2014. After that he joined Bharatiya Janta Party on 19 March 2014[2] and won the 2014 Indian general elections from the Domariyaganj Lok Sabha Constituency.[3]

Jagdambika Pal
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
Assumed office
16 May 2009
Preceded byMohammed Muqueem
Personal details
Born (1950-10-21) 21 October 1950 (age 71)
Bharvaliya, Uttar Pradesh, India
Citizenship India
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
Other political
Indian National Congress
All India Indira Congress (Tiwari)
Akhil Bharatiya Loktantrik Congress
Sneh Lata Pal
(m. 1975)
Children1 son, 2 daughters
EducationMA & LLB
Alma materAwadh University
Gorakhpur University

Political careerEdit

He was a member of Indian National Congress. He parted from the Indian National Congress to join All India Indira Congress (Tiwari) of N. D. Tiwari but in 1997, he formed Akhil Bharatiya Loktantrik Congress along with Naresh Agarwal, Rajeev Shukla and Shyam Sunder Sharma and Bacha Pathak and became minister of transport in Kalyan Singh government.

Later, Jagdambika Pal became the president of the Uttar Pradesh state unit of the Indian National Congress.

In 2009 he was elected to the 15th Lok Sabha from Domariyaganj Lok Sabha constituency in Siddharthnagar district, Uttar Pradesh.

On 3 July 2011, Jagdambika Pal and other members of Lok Sabha, lower house of the Parliament of India, opened Commemorative plaque at Mahua Dabar, where the British massacred 5,000 people during the Indian Rebellion of 1857.[4]

Chief Minister of Uttar PradeshEdit

When, the Uttar Pradesh state government led by Kalyan Singh was dismissed on 21 February 1998 by Governor of Uttar Pradesh Romesh Bhandari, he became the Chief Minister. Kalyan Singh moved Allahabad High Court which termed the dismissal of government unconstitutional on 23 February 1998, thereby reinstating the Kalyan Singh government.

He holds the record for the shortest stint as Chief Minister of any state in India for just one day. He is popularly known as the "one-day chief minister". However, the legibility of his regime, is disputed as the Kalyan Singh government's dismissal had been declared unconstitutional by the Allahabad High Court.

Personal lifeEdit

He was born in a Kshatriya Rajput family[5] to Surya Baksha Pal and Mool Rajidevi at bharvaliya village of Bankati Block in Basti district of Uttar Pradesh state. He founded Surya Baksha Pal Girls Inter college and Surya Baksha Pal Post Graduate Degree College at Bankati, Basti district.

Positions heldEdit

  • 1982-93 Member, Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council (two terms)
  • 1988-1999 Minister of State, Govt. of Uttar Pradesh
  • 1998 Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh[6][7]
  • 1993-2007 Member, Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly ( three terms)
  • 2002 Cabinet Minister, Govt. of Uttar Pradesh
  • 2009 Elected to 15th Lok Sabha (INC) from Domariyaganj Member, Committee on Energy; Member, Committee on Petitions; Member, Committee on Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADs); Member, Committee on Chemical and Fertilizers; Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation and Ministry of Tourism
  • 2014 Resigned from 15th Lok Sabha and Indian national Congress party
  • 2014 Elected to 16th Lok Sabha (BJP) from Domariyaganj.
  • 2019 Elected to 17th Lok Sabha from Domariyaganj.


  1. ^ "Detailed Profile - Shri Jagdambika Pal - Members of Parliament (Lok Sabha) - Who's Who - Government: National Portal of India". Archive.india.gov.in. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  2. ^ "Jagdambika Pal, comedian Raju Srivastava join BJP, endorse Narendra Modi". Zee News. 19 March 2014. Retrieved 19 March 2014.
  3. ^ "Jagdambika Pal resigns from Lok Sabha and Indian National Congress". IANS. news.biharprabha.com. Retrieved 7 March 2014.
  4. ^ Mahua Dabar commemorative plaque
  5. ^ Trouble within: Rajput lobby sore over rejig
  6. ^ "Jagadambika Pal holds record of CM with shortest tenure". Deccan Herald. Retrieved 26 November 2019.
  7. ^ "उत्तर प्रदेश में 1998 में सिर्फ 24 घंटा ही मुख्यमंत्री रह सके थे जगदंबिका पाल". Jagran (in Hindi). Retrieved 26 November 2019.

External linksEdit

  • Chief Ministers of Uttar Pradesh
  • Unconstitutional dismissal of Kalyan Singh Govt
  • Allahabad High Court reinstates Kalyan Singh Govt
Political offices
Preceded by Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh (de facto)
21 February 1998 – 23 February 1998
Succeeded by