Sahib Singh Verma
4th Chief Minister of Delhi
In office
27 February 1996 – 12 October 1998
Preceded byMadan Lal Khurana
Succeeded bySushma Swaraj
Personal details
Born(1943-03-15)15 March 1943
Delhi, British India
Died30 June 2007(2007-06-30) (aged 64)
Jonaicha Khurd, Rajasthan, India
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
Sahib Kaur
(m. 1954)
Children5 (including Parvesh Verma, Siddharth Sahib Singh)

Sahib Singh Verma (15 March 1943 – 30 June 2007)[citation needed] was an Indian politician and the former senior vice-president of the Bharatiya Janata Party.[1] He served as Chief Minister of Delhi (1996–1998) and was member of 13th Lok Sabha, Parliament of India (1999–2004).[2] He served as the Union Labour Minister of India.[3]


Sahib Singh was born on 15 March 1943 in Mundka village, Delhi to Mir Singh, a farmer, and Bharpai Devi in a Jat family.[4][5] In early childhood he was deeply influenced by Arya Samaj.[citation needed]

Singh had a PhD degree in Library Science, and started work as librarian in Bhagat Singh College, Delhi.[6] He also held a master's degree in Arts, (M.A.) and also in Library Science from Aligarh Muslim University.[7]

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.[8]

Political career

He was active in the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.[9] He had also served the World Jat Aryan Foundation, as its president.[10]

The Union Minister for Human Resource Development Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi presenting "Best Employer's Award - 2003" to one of the awardees at a function, in New Delhi on 3 December 2003 (Wednesday). The Union Minister for Labour Dr. Sahib Singh is also seen.

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.[11]

In 1996, after Madan Lal Khurana was embroiled in a corruption crisis, Sahib Singh became the Chief Minister of Delhi.[12] Singh served as CM for two and a half years, facing increasing rivalry from Khurana.[13] 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.[9] 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.[13] He was defeated in the 2004 polls.

He died in a road accident in Rajasthan in 2007.[14]

See also


  1. ^ "List of Office Bearers". BJP. Archived from the original on 8 April 2007. Retrieved 1 July 2007.
  2. ^ "Biographical Sketch Member of Parliament 13th Lok Sabha".
  3. ^ Ranjan, Amitav (21 September 2003). "Sahib Singh wanted to visit Serbia to meet fellow Jats". The Indian Express. Retrieved 11 May 2013.
  4. ^ "For Sahib Singh Verma's son, campaigning runs in the family". The Indian Express. 1 May 2019. Retrieved 23 October 2020.
  5. ^ "tribuneindia... Editorial". Tribune India. 10 October 1999. Retrieved 23 October 2020.
  6. ^ "Former Delhi CM Sahib Singh Verma dies in road accident". Deccan Herald. 30 June 2007. Archived from the original on 2 July 2007. Retrieved 4 July 2007.
  7. ^ "LIST OF PROMINENT ALUMNI". Archived from the original on 10 August 2017.
  8. ^ Bhushan, Shashi (23 November 2013). "Mothers campaigning for sons in Delhi assembly election". DNA India. Retrieved 22 October 2020.
  9. ^ a b Swarup, Harihar (10 October 1999). "Long-standing rivals now compete for Cabinet berths" (Editorial). Tribune India.
  10. ^ Tribune News Service (23 September 2007). "Navjot Sidhu calls for Jat unity". The Tribune. Dharamsala. Retrieved 26 February 2013.
  11. ^ "PIB Press Releases". Retrieved 16 October 2022.
  12. ^ The Hindu[usurped]
  13. ^ a b "Sahib Singh Verma dies in road accident". Zee News. 30 June 2007. Retrieved 4 July 2007.
  14. ^ "Sahib Singh Verma dies in road accident". Hindustan Times. 30 June 2007. Retrieved 22 October 2020.
Political offices Preceded byMadan Lal Khurana Chief Minister of the Delhi 1996-97 Succeeded bySushma Swaraj