Born on June 23, 1934, Singh succeeded to the position of King of Rampur Bushehar State at the age of 13 in 1947. He was educated in Bishop Cotton School at Shimla and St Stephen’s College, New Delhi.
In his five-decade long political innings, he has been a seven-time MLA, A five time MP and five-time Chief Minister. He has also been a four-time President of the State Congress and represents the Mandi seat in the present Lok Sabha. Singh was chief Minister between 1983 and 85; 1985 and 1990; 1993 and 1998 and 2003 and 2007. He also remained honorary Captain in Indian Army.
After joining congress in 1961, singh entered Lok Sabha for the first time in 1962 from Mahasu constituency when Himachal Pradesh was part of Punjab and was the youngest member of this 3rd Lok Sabha. He again won in 1967 and won from Mandi seat in 1971, where he repeated in 1980 and then again in 2009. Between 1976 and 1977, Singh was deputy Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation at the centre and Minister of state for Industries between 1980 and 1983.
Since May, 2009 until January, 2011, he was the Union Steel Minister and was shifted to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Ministry untill his resignation on 26 June 2012.
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