Bachelor politicians are not unusual but the thing common in the list is the fact that none of them, despite being single, has ever bothered to mingle. The senior politicians like Narendra Modi and Atal Bihari Vajpayee have remained in matrimony with politics. Of the number of bachelor politicians, many have held extremely important posts in the government. This goes on to show that marriage has nothing to do with politics and the other way round also holds true. Here is the list of the top 10 bachelor politicians of India.
10. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam:
Undoubtedly the most notable of all bachelor politicians is Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam – a scientist who served as India’s 11th President from 25th July 2002 to 25th July 2007. He hailed from a poor family and did odd jobs as a kid to support his father’s income. He later graduated with a degree in aerospace engineering from MIT, Madras. Kalam played a pivotal role in India’s nuclear tests at Pokhran in 1998. As president, he was fondly known as the “People’s President”. He has also authored the book titled ‘India 2020’ advocating plans to turn India into a developed nation by the year 2020.
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9. Rahul Gandhi:
Rahul Gandhi is a politician and a Member of Parliament who represents the Amethi Constituency. He is the current General Secretary of the Indian National Congress. He made his foray into Indian politics in early 2004 by announcing his inclination towards contesting the 2004 General Elections from Amethi in Uttar Pradesh. He retained his Amethi seat in 2009 too when he defeated his rival by a huge margin. According to a poll in 2010, Rahul Gandhi has been voted as “India’s most eligible bachelor”. Although one of the most high profile bachelor politicians, his alleged relationship with girlfriend Veronique from Venezuela has been doing the rounds since 2004.
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8. Uma Bharti:
Uma Bharti is a politician and also a social/political activist hailing from the state of Madhya Pradesh. She became involved with the Bhartiya Janata Party when she contested the elections in 1984 but lost eventually. Uma Bharti later bounced back to successfully contest the Khajuraho seat in 1989 and also the Bhopal seat in 1999. During Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s (the then Prime Minster) tenure she held many important state/cabinet portfolios including the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports and Human Resource Development (HRD).
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7. K.N. Govindacharya:
K.N. Govindacharya is an eminent personality. Apart from being associated with the Bhartiya Janata Party, he is also an environmental activist, social activist, political activist and a thinker. He rose to prominence with Jayaprakash Narayan’s “Sampoorna Kranti” (total revolution) movement. He had an important role to play in the JP Movement (as it was popularly termed). In 1988 he was inducted into the BJP. On being drafted into the BJP, Govindacharya called for the Swadeshi and Hindutva revival and also served as the General Secretary of the party till 2000. He was later forced to quit the BJP.
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6. Mamata Banerjee:
Mamata Banerjee, popularly known as “Didi” is the current and the first woman Chief Minister of West Bengal. Mamata earlier started her political career with the Congress in the 1970s and went on to become the General Secretary of the “Mahila Congress”. It was then in 1997, that Didi left Congress and went on to form the All India Trinamool Congress party which became a direct competitor to the then ruling Communist party in the state. She formerly served as the Railway Minister for two tenures.
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Mayawati is a former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. She is known for working towards the upliftment of the Dalit community in India. Mayawati currently heads the Bahujan Samaj Party which represents the Dalits. Mayawati, also known as “Behenji”, meaning elder sister, completed four terms as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh but lost out to rivals Samajwadi Party in 2012. She was also notorious for amassing personal wealth during her tenure as CM.
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One of the most influential bachelor politicians, J. Jayalalithaa started her career as a film actress in the Tamil film industry having appeared in many Tamil, Telugu and Kannada films. Apart from that she also appeared in a few Hindi films. Jayalalithaa is the current Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. She is called “Amma” meaning mother by her followers. She joined the AIADMK back in 1982 and has since been actively involved in state politics. Her first term as CM was in 1991 when she was sworn-in as Tamil Nadu’s youngest CM.
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3. Narendra Modi:
Counted among some handful of people who can revolutionize India, Narendra Modi is the current Chief Minister of Gujarat. He assumed office in 2001 and has been the longest serving chief minister in Gujarat’s history. Modi is often a role-model notable for his meager lifestyle and his workaholic endeavours. As a speaker, Modi is very motivational and moving. He is notable for starting various “yojanas” or plans for the development of Gujarat. He earned the ire of many in 2002 when he justified the killing of Muslims in the Godhra case. There were often rumours of him being married to a schoolteacher, but they were never proved.
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2. Naveen Patnaik:
Naveen Patnaik is the son of Biju Patnaik who was the former Chief Minister of Odisha. Following in his father’s footsteps, Naveen entered politics in 1997 (which was the year of his father’s death) and founded the Biju Janata Dal in 1998. Though being made fun-of earlier into his career for being unable to speak the local language, Naveen later amassed huge support in Odisha for his stand against corruption. Patnaik was sworn-in as Odisha’s Chief Minister in 2000. Naveen Patnaik is also a known author who has compiled and published three books.
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1. Atal Bihari Vajpayee:
One cannot keep this great man out from a list of bachelor politicians. Atal Bihari Vajpayee served as India’s Prime Minister from 1996 to 2004 in three non-consecutive terms. He became India’s 10th Prime Minister in 1996 for a short-lived period of 13 days. He then became PM from 1998 to 2004. Vajpayee played a role in the formulation of the Bhartiya Janata Party which was a coalition party after Moraji Desai stepped down as PM. Vajpayee is known to be an eminent poet and his poetry features time and again in newspapers and magazine columns.
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