Sahib Singh Verma
|4th Chief Minister of Delhi|
27 February 1996 – 12 October 1998
|Preceded by||Madan Lal Khurana|
|Succeeded by||Sushma Swaraj|
|Born||15 March 1943|
Delhi, British India
|Died||30 June 2007 (aged 64)|
Jonaicha Khurd, Rajasthan, India
|Political party||Bharatiya Janata Party|
|Children||5 (including Parvesh Verma, Siddharth Sahib Singh)|
Sahib Singh Verma (15 March 1943 – 30 June 2007) was an Indian politician and the former senior vice-president of the Bharatiya Janata Party. He served as Chief Minister of Delhi (1996–1998) and was member of 13th Lok Sabha, Parliament of India (1999–2004). He served as the Union Labour Minister of India.
Sahib Singh was born on 15 March 1943 in Mundka village, Delhi to Mir Singh, a farmer, and Bharpai Devi in a Jat family. In early childhood he was deeply influenced by Arya Samaj.
Singh had a PhD degree in Library Science, and started work as librarian in Bhagat Singh College, Delhi. He also held a master's degree in Arts, (M.A.) and also in Library Science from Aligarh Muslim University.
In 1954, when he was just 11, he and Sahib Kaur were married. They had two sons and three daughters and one of his sons, Parvesh Verma is Member of parliament of Lok Sabha from West Delhi.
He was active in the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. He had also served the World Jat Aryan Foundation, as its president.
In 1977 he was elected to the Municipal Corporation of Delhi and took the Oath as a Councillor by the hands of Guru Radha Kishan. Initially he won as a Janata Party candidate and was re-elected on a BJP ticket. He became the Education and Development Minister in the Delhi government in 1993.
In 1996, after Madan Lal Khurana was embroiled in a corruption crisis, Sahib Singh became the Chief Minister of Delhi. Singh served as CM for two and a half years, facing increasing rivalry from Khurana. Following an onion price crisis, he was replaced by Sushma Swaraj.
Subsequently, he won the Lok Sabha elections, 1999 from Outer Delhi with a margin of over two lakh votes. In 2002, he became Minister of Labour in the Vajpayee government, and was known as "bull in a China shop" for standing up against the bureaucrats against lowering the Provident Fund interest rate. He was defeated in the 2004 polls.
He died in a road accident in Rajasthan in 2007.