Jagannath Pahadia

Jagannath Pahadia (15 January 1932 – 19 May 2021) was an Indian politician and a leader of the Indian National Congress party. He was the former Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Governor of Haryana, and Governor of Bihar. He died on 19 May 2021 from COVID-19.[1][2]

Jagannath Pahadia
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Governor of Haryana
In office
27 July 2009 – 26 July 2014
Chief MinisterBhupinder Singh Hooda
Preceded byA. R. Kidwai
Succeeded byKaptan Singh Solanki
Governor of Bihar
In office
3 March 1989 – 2 February 1990
Chief MinisterSatyendra Narayan Sinha
Jagannath Mishra
Preceded byR. D. Pradhan
Succeeded byMohammad Yunus Saleem
9th Chief Minister of Rajasthan
In office
6 June 1980 – 13 July 1981
Preceded byPresident's rule
Succeeded byShiv Charan Mathur
Personal details
Born(1932-01-15)15 January 1932
Bhusawar, Bharatpur State, British India
Died19 May 2021(2021-05-19) (aged 89)
Gurugram, Haryana, India
Political partyIndian National Congress
SpouseShanti Pahadia
Source: [1]

Early life and educationEdit

He was born in Bhusawar city of the present-day Bharatpur district of Rajasthan state in a Dalit Khatik family[3][4] on 15 January 1932 to Nathilal Pahadia and Chanda Devi. He held M.A., LL.B., M.S.J. College, Bharatpur, Maharaja College, Jaipur and Law College Rajasthan University.[5] He was an Ambedkarite.[6]


He was Chief Minister of Rajasthan state from 6 June 1980 to 14 July 1981 and was the first Dalit from Rajasthan to hold this position.[4][1]

Pahadia served Rajasthan Legislative Assembly from 1998 till 2008 and 1980 to 1990.[7]

He represented Sawai Madhopur (Lok Sabha constituency) in the 2nd Lok Sabha and Bayana constituency in Rajasthan in the 4th, 5th and 7th Lok Sabha.[8] His wife Shanti Pahadia was also a member of Lok Sabha. He was governor of Bihar from 3 March 1989 to 2 February 1990.[9] Later, he served and was appointed the governor of Haryana from 27 July 2009 to 26 July 2014.[10]


  1. ^ a b "Jagannath Pahadia, first Dalit CM of Rajasthan, dies of Covid". The Times of India. 20 May 2021. Retrieved 20 May 2021.
  2. ^ "Former Rajasthan CM Jagannath Pahadia dies of COVID-19". The Hindu. 19 May 2021. Retrieved 19 May 2021.
  3. ^ "Status quo for Dalits: caste shame for Rajasthan". Hindustan Times. 20 November 2013. Retrieved 16 September 2020.
  4. ^ a b "जगन्नाथ पहाड़िया: राजस्थान के पहले दलित मुख्यमंत्री जो बस 13 महीने सीएम रह सके". LallanTop - News with most viral and Social Sharing Indian content on the web in Hindi (in Hindi). Retrieved 16 September 2020.
  5. ^ Bohra, Sanjay (24 January 2020). "Rajasthan Congress govt lets Vasundhara Raje keep bungalow but moves to evict its own ex-CM". ThePrint. Retrieved 16 September 2020.
  6. ^ "बाबा साहब भीमराव अम्बेडकर के संदेश को आत्मसात करें: पहाड़िया". Dainik Jagran (in Hindi). Retrieved 22 May 2021.
  7. ^ "Former Rajasthan CM Jagannath Pahadia dies of COVID-19 - The Hindu".
  8. ^ "The Tribune, Chandigarh, India - Haryana". www.tribuneindia.com. Retrieved 16 September 2020.
  9. ^ "राजस्थान का रण: 'लोग इस जहर को पीकर मर रहे थे, इसलिए मैंने राजस्थान में शराब पर रोक लगवाई'". Patrika News (in Hindi). Retrieved 16 September 2020.
  10. ^ "Pahadia to be sworn in as Haryana governor on Monday". Hindustan Times. 26 July 2009. Retrieved 16 September 2020.

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Lok Sabha
Preceded by Member of Parliament
for Sawai Madhopur

1957 – 1962
Succeeded by
Preceded by Member of Parliament
for Bayana

1967 – 1977
Succeeded by
Shyam Sunder Lal
Preceded by
Shyam Sunder Lal
Member of Parliament
for Bayana

1980 – 1984
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by Chief Minister of Rajasthan
6 June 1980 - 13 July 1981
Succeeded by
Preceded by Governor of Bihar
3 March 1989 - 2 February 1990
Succeeded by
Preceded by Governor of Haryana
27 July 2009 - 26 July 2014
Succeeded by