Shanta Kumar (born 12 September 1934) is an Indian politician who was the 3rd Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh and a Union Minister in the Government of India. He is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party. He was elected to the 9th Lok Sabha from Kangra constituency in 1989. He was re-elected to the Lok Sabha in 1998, 1999 and 2014 from the same constituency. He has written a number of books.
|3rd Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh|
22 June 1977 – 14 February 1980
|Preceded by||Thakur Ram Lal|
|Succeeded by||Thakur Ram Lal|
5 March 1990 – 15 December 1992
|Preceded by||Virbhadra Singh|
|Succeeded by||Virbhadra Singh|
|Member of Parliament|
16 May 2014 – 23 May 2019
|Preceded by||Rajan Sushant|
|Succeeded by||Kishan Kapoor|
|Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution|
13 October 1999 – 30 June 2002
|Prime Minister||Atal Bihari Vajpayee|
|Succeeded by||Sharad Yadav|
|Minister of Rural Development|
1 July 2002 – 6 April 2003
|Prime Minister||Atal Bihari Vajpayee|
|Preceded by||Venkaiah Naidu|
|Succeeded by||Kashiram Rana|
|Born||12 September 1934|
Kangra, Punjab, British India
(now in Himachal Pradesh, India)
|Political party||Bharatiya Janata Party|
|Residence||Yamini Parisar, Palampur, Distt. Kangra, Himachal Pradesh, India|
His political career began in 1963 when he was elected as a Panch in the Gram Panchayat for Garhjamula. He was subsequently elected as a member of the Panchayat Samiti in Bhawarna and then was president of Zilla Parishad in Kangra from 1965 to 1970.
He was elected to the Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly in 1972. He remained a member till 1985. He was re-elected to the House again in 1990 and continued till 1992. He became the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh in 1977. He held the post till 1980 and came back to head the Government again in 1990 and stayed till 1992. He had enforced "No Work,No Pay" policy during his second term as Chief Minister for strongly dealing with the striking government employees. He was the Leader of Opposition in the Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly from 1980 to 1985.
He was elected to the 9th Lok Sabha in 1989 from Kangra. He was re-elected twice in 1998 and 1999. He was a senior minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government from 1999 to 2004. He was Union Minister of Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution from 1999 to 2002 and Union Minister of Rural Development from 2002 to 2004.
He was married to Santosh Shailja in year 1964. He has a son Vikram Sharma, daughter-in-law and two grand daughters. His wife died in December 2020 due to coronavirus at Dr Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College, Tanda. She worked as teacher in initial years but later quit her job and switched over to writing and social work among women and underprivileged sections and also wrote some books.
|AAP||Dr. Rajan Sushant||24,430||3.06||+3.06|
|NOTA||None of the Above||8,704||1.09||+1.09|
Kumar's books include:
- Dharti Balidan Ki, 1962
- Himalaya Par Lal Chhaya, 1964
- Vishwa Vijeta Vivekanand, 1968
- Lajo, 1976
- Man Ke Meet, 1976
- Kaidi, 1976
- Jyotirmayi, 1977
- O Pravasi Meet Mere, 1977
- Mrigtrishna, 1980
- Kranti Abhi Adhoori Hai, 1985
- Deewar Ke Us Paar, 1995
- Rajneeti Ki Shatranj, 1997
- Tumhare Pyar Ki Pati, 1999
- Vrinda, 2007
- A Patriot monk Swami Vivekananda, 2012
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- Bipin, Bhardwaj (24 March 2019). "After Advani, roads closed for veteran BJP leader Shanta Kumar too, party hunts for new face in Himachal". National Herald. Retrieved 24 February 2021.
- "Shanta Kumar : Niti Central". www.niticentral.com. Archived from the original on 11 April 2013. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
- "13th Lok Sabha Member Profile". Government of India. Retrieved 22 June 2014.
- Members Page
- "Kangra(Himachal Pradesh) Lok Sabha Election Results 2014 with ..."
- "Former Himachal Pradesh CM Shanta Kumar's Wife Dies Of Covid". Outlook. 29 December 2020. Retrieved 24 February 2021.
- "Former Union minister Shanta Kumar to undergo Covid treatment at Mohali hospital". Hindustan Times. 30 December 2020. Retrieved 24 February 2021.
- "Senior BJP leader Shanta Kumar, son admitted to Mohali hospital for Covid-19 treatment". ANI News. ANI. 30 December 2020. Retrieved 24 February 2021.
- "Kumar Shanta". Retrieved 22 June 2016.