Ratanjit Pratap Narain Singh
Minister of State for Home Affairs
In office
28 October 2012 – 26 May 2014
Serving with M. Ramachandran
Prime MinisterManmohan Singh
MinisterSushilkumar Shinde
Succeeded byKiren Rijiju
Minister of State for Petroleum & Natural Gas
In office
19 January 2011 – 28 October 2012
Prime MinisterManmohan Singh
MinisterJaipal Reddy
Minister of State for Corporate Affairs
In office
19 January 2011 – 28 October 2012
Prime MinisterManmohan Singh
MinisterMurli Deora
Preceded byJitin Prasada
Succeeded byPanabaka Lakshmi
Minister of State for Road Transport & Highways
In office
28 May 2009 – 19 January 2011
Prime MinisterManmohan Singh
MinisterKamal Nath
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
In office
2009–2014
Preceded byConstituency created
Succeeded byRajesh Pandey
ConstituencyKushi Nagar
Member of Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly
In office
1996–2009
Preceded byBaleshwar Yadav
Succeeded bySwami Prasad Maurya
ConstituencyPadrauna
Personal details
Born (1964-04-25) 25 April 1964 (age 59)
New Delhi, India
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
(2022-present)
Other political
affiliations
Indian National Congress
(1990-2022)
SpouseSonia Singh
Children3
Residence(s)Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh
Alma materThe Doon School

Ratanjit Pratap Narain Singh or R. P. N. Singh (born 25 April 1964), is an Indian politician and former Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs. He was the Member of Parliament for Kushinagar constituency in the fifteenth Lok Sabha from 2009 to 2014. In the 2014 General Election, despite an increase in his own votes, he was defeated by Rajesh Pandey (BJP). He lost again in 2019. In September 2020, Singh was chosen for AICC in charge of Jharkhand[1] and Chhattisgarh.[2]

He resigned from Congress in January 2022 and joined the BJP, a month ahead of 2022 UP Elections,[3] thus becoming the fourth prominent Doon School alumnus to leave the Congress Party to join hands with the BJP, following Jyotiraditya Scindia, Jitin Prasada and Amarinder Singh.[4]

Personal life

R.P.N. Singh hails from a Sainthwar royal family[5] of Kushinagar (Padrauna), Uttar Pradesh and is a Sainthwar leader from eastern Uttar Pradesh. He comes from a royal family of Padrauna.[6] He attended The Doon School,[7] an institution which has had historic links with Congress since the Rajiv Gandhi 'Doon Cabinet' era, and given Rahul Gandhi's own schooling at Doon.[8][9] From 2014 to 2018, he served as the president of Doon's alumni body The Doon School Old Boys' Society.[10]

He was married on 7 December 2002 to Sonia Singh (nee Sonia Singh, anchor and editorial director at NDTV), and has three daughters. He currently resides in the Palace, Padrauna, Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh, India. His father, Late C.P.N. Singh, was also MP of Kushinagar (then Hata) and a Minister of State for Defence in the Indira Gandhi cabinet in 1980.

R.P.N. Singh was elected MLA from the seat of Padrauna in 1996, 2002, and 2007. In 2009 he was elected to the Lok Sabha. He lost the Lok Sabha election from the Kushinagar seat in 2014 and 2019. Now he has been declared BJP candidate from Uttar Pradesh for Member of Parliament Rajya Sabha.

Positions held

References

  1. ^ "RPN Singh retains JPCC in-charge post". The Pioneer. Retrieved 13 September 2020.
  2. ^ "PL Puniya, RPN Singh get charge of Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh". The Economic Times. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  3. ^ "Another Senior Congress Exit: RPN Singh Joins BJP Ahead of UP Election".
  4. ^ TNI Team (26 January 2022). "4th Big Exit In 4 Years: Once MoS in UPA, Rahul Aide & Cong's RPN Singh Joins BJP". The New Indian. Retrieved 1 February 2022.
  5. ^ "Battles 'Royal' in Hindi heartland | Lucknow News - Times of India". The Times of India. 13 March 2009.
  6. ^ "How RPN Singh fits into BJP's OBC plan in UP - Times of India". The Times of India.
  7. ^ Indianexpress.com : comments : Doon squad Archived 28 May 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "Seven Doscos in 15th Lok Sabha". 31 May 2009.
  9. ^ Steven R. Weisman (20 April 1986). "THE RAJIV GENERATION - The New York Times". The New York Times. Retrieved 7 April 2020.
  10. ^ Meat exporter Qureshi quits Doon School alumni body | The Indian Express
  11. ^ "Nervous moments for freshers at oath-taking ceremony". The Indian Express. 28 May 2009. Retrieved 31 March 2011.
  12. ^ "Massive road communication programme proposed: Minister". Daily News & Analysis. 14 October 2009. Retrieved 31 March 2011.
  13. ^ "Cabinet reshuffle: Congress chooses tokenism over efficiency". First Post (India). 28 October 2012. Retrieved 28 October 2012.