Krishna Pal Singh
14th Governor of Gujarat
In office
1 March 1996 – 24 April 1998
Preceded byNaresh Chandra
Succeeded byAnshuman Singh
Minister of Madhya Pradesh Government
In office
In office
In office
In office
Personal details
Born(1922-01-10)10 January 1922
Biruhuli, Shahdol
Died27 September 1999(1999-09-27) (aged 77)
Bhopal, India
Political partyIndian National Congress
Spouse(s)Smt. Tara Devi
ProfessionLawyer, politician

Krishna Pal Singh (10 January 1922 – 27 September 1999) was an Indian activist, politician and a former governor of Gujarat. His career began in the 1940s and ended in the 1990s.[1]

Early life

In high school, he organized many student agitations, demonstrations, satyagrahas, debates and conferences. In college, he was President of P.G. College Students' Union, Rewa and arranged student congresses and volunteer corps. He served throughout the communal riots of 1947–48 and helped Sindhi refugees in their migration.

As a trade union leader, he served as vice president of the Madhya Pradesh unit of the All India Trade Union Congress.

He registered with the Socialist Party in 1946 was an associate of Jaya Prakash Narayan and Ram Manohar Lohia. Singh was the president of the Socialist Party of Vindhya Pradesh and president of the Samyukta Socialist Party in Madhya Pradesh.

He served in varied capacities as a member of the All India Congress Committee (AICC) and therefore the Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) after 1965 when he was inducted into the Indian National Congress by the late Smt. Indira Gandhi. . He served as Pradesh Congress Committee general secretary with Shankar Dayal Sharma as its president. He served as vice president of the Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee and was a special invitee within the AICC, when Smt. Indira Gandhi was its president.

Political career

Singh was elected seven times to the Madhya Pradesh Vidhan Sabha in 1962, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1980, 1990 and 1998. He was minister five times in the Government of Pandit Dwarka Prasad Mishra, Shyama Charan Shukla, Prakash Chandra Sethi and Arjun Singh up to 1990. He held several portfolios including finance, law, revenue, planning, jail, excise taxation and tourism.

He served as deputy leader in Madhya Pradesh Vidhan Sabha; Party Observer in general elections in Himachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Rajasthan and West Bengal; PRO for party elections to Himachal Pradesh and West Bengal; and political observer for Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat. He was president of the Friends of the Soviet Union (India), India-China Society, Bharat-Nepal Maitri Sangh of Madhya Pradesh Unit. He served as president of the India-Africa Friendship Association and general secretary of the All India Indo-Arab Friendship Society.[2][3][4][5]


  1. ^ Siddiqui, A. U. (2004). Indian Freedom Movement in Princely States of Vindhya Pradesh. Northern Book Centre. p. 89. ISBN 9788172111502.
  2. ^ Prasad, Krishna (5 July 2004). "All you want to know about governors". Rediff.
  3. ^ "Past Governors Of Gujarat".
  4. ^ Muharkar, Uday (15 October 1996). "Centre's controversial decision to suspend Gujarat Assembly likely to benefit BJP". IndiaToday.
  5. ^ "Gujarat Governor's decision to give CM grace to prove majority sparks off controversy". IndiaToday. 3 November 1997.