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Profiles of Indian Political Leaders
Nitish Kumar
(Date of Birth - March 1, 1951)
Nitish Kumar is the Chief Minister of India's worst governed state - Bihar.

Born on March 1, 1951 in Bakhtiarpur to late Mr. Kaviraj Ram Lakhan Singh and the late Mrs. Parmeshwari Devi, Nitish Kumar holds a Bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the Bihar College of Engineering in Patna.

Nitish Kumar participated in JP's movement against Indira Gandhi between 1974-1977 and was arrested under the dreaded Maintenance of Internal Security Act (MISA).

Nitish Kumar became member of the Bihar Legislative Assembly in 1985. He was subsequently elected six times to the Lok Sabha, India's lower house of Parliament.

At various times, Nitish Kumar was Union Minister for Railways, Surface Transport and Agriculture.

Nitish Kumar's first stint as Chief Minister of Bihar was short - just seven days March 3-7, 2000.

Nitish Kumar led the National Democratic Alliance in November 2005 to a convincing victory in the Bihar Assembly elections over the Lalu Prasad Yadav-led Rashtriya Janata Dal party and was sworn in as Chief Minister of Bihar on November 24, 2005. Nitish Kumar is married to Manju Kumari Sinha and has one son.

Political Timeline

Chief Minister of Bihar: Since November 24, 2005

Re-elected to 14th Lok Sabha MP: 2004

Union Cabinet Minister, Railways: July 22, 2001 - May 21, 2004

Union Cabinet Minister, Agriculture & Railways: March 20, 2001 - July 21, 2001

Union Cabinet Minister, Agriculture: May 27, 2000 - March 20, 2001

Chief Minister, Bihar: : March 3, 2000 - March 10, 2000

Union Cabinet Minister, Agriculture: November 22, 1999 - March 2, 2000

Union Cabinet Minister, Surface Transport: October 10, 1999 - November 22, 1999

Re-elected to 13th Lok Sabha MP: 1999

Re-elected to 12th Lok Sabha: 1998

Union Cabinet Minister, Railways: March 19, 1998 - August 5, 1999

Union Cabinet Minister, Surface Transport additional charge: April 14, 1998 - August 5, 1999

Re-elected to 11th Lok Sabha: 1996

General-Secretary, Janata Dal: 1991-93

Re-elected to 10th Lok Sabha: 1991

Union Minister of State, Agriculture & Co-operation: April 1990 - November 1990

Elected to 9th Lok Sabha: 1989

Secretary-General, Janata Dal, Bihar: 1989

President, Yuva Lok Dal, Bihar : 1987 - 1988

Bihar Legislative Assembly Member: 1985 - 1989


Sources:
Government of Bihar

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