Sunder Lal Patwa
Minister of Mines
In office
7 November 2000 – 1 September 2001
Prime MinisterAtal Bihari Vajpayee
Preceded byNaveen Patnaik
Succeeded byRam Vilas Paswan
Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers
In office
30 September 2000 – 7 November 2000
Prime MinisterAtal Bihari Vajpayee
Preceded bySuresh Prabhu
Succeeded bySatyabrata Mookherjee
Minister of Agriculture
In office
6 March 2000 – 26 May 2000
Prime MinisterAtal Bihari Vajpayee
Preceded byNitish Kumar
Succeeded byNitish Kumar
Minister of Rural Development
In office
13 October 1999 – 30 September 2000
Prime MinisterAtal Bihari Vajpayee
Preceded byBabagouda Patil
Succeeded byVenkaiah Naidu
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
In office
Preceded bySartaj Singh
Succeeded bySartaj Singh
In office
Preceded byAlka Nath
Succeeded byKamal Nath
11th Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh
In office
5 March 1990 – 15 December 1992
Preceded byShyama Charan Shukla
Succeeded byPresident's rule
In office
20 January 1980 – 17 February 1980
Preceded byVirendra Kumar Sakhlecha
Succeeded byPresident's rule
Leader of the Opposition
Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly
In office
4 July 1980 – 10 March 1985
Chief MinisterArjun Singh
Preceded byArjun Singh
Succeeded byKailash Chandra Joshi
Member of Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly
In office
Preceded byShaligram
Succeeded byNaresh Singh Patel
In office
Preceded bySabita Bajpai
Succeeded byShankar Lal
In office
Preceded byShyam Sunder Patidar
Succeeded byShyam Sunder Patidar
In office
Preceded byNadram Das
Succeeded byconstituency established
Personal details
Born(1924-11-11)11 November 1924
Kukreshwar, Gwalior State, British India
Died28 December 2016(2016-12-28) (aged 92)
Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party

Sunder Lal Patwa (11 November 1924 – 28 December 2016) was an Indian politician, who served as the 11th Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh and a cabinet minister in the Government of India. He was a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party. He was the only politician who defeated congress strong man Kamal Nath in 1997 from Chhindwara constituency for member of parliament. He was born in the village of Kukreshwar located between Manasa and Rampura in the Neemuch District of Madhya Pradesh.

He was awarded Padma Vibhushan, the second-highest civilian award, posthumously in 2017 by the Government of India.[1][2]

Political career

He was Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh twice, from 20 January 1980 to 17 February 1980 as member of Janata Party and from 5 March 1990 to 15 December 1992 as leader of Bharatiya Janta Party. He began his political career with Jana Sangh which merged with Janata Party in 1977. Later members owing allegiance to Jana Sangh's Hindutva ideology broke away from Janata Party in 1980 to form Bharatiya Janata Party.

He was first elected to Lok Sabha via by-poll in Chhindwara in 1997 by defeating Congress strongman Kamal Nath in his home turf. He lost from Chhindwara in 1998 General Election.

In 1999, he was elected to the Lok Sabha from Narmadapuram constituency, and was minister in Atal Bihari Vajpayee Government from 1999 to 2001. As a legislator, he was known as strict disciplinarian.

He was associated with Indore Rajya Praja Mandal since 1941, R.S.S. since 1942 and R.S.S. Vistarak, 1947–51. He was imprisoned for seven months for participating in R.S.S. movement in 1948 and was an active worker of Jana Sangh since 1951, Chairman of District Cooperative Bank, Director, State Cooperative Bank and State Cooperative Marketing Sangh and Treasurer, Jana Sangh from 1967 to 1974. He was detained under M.I.S.A. during Emergency from June 1975 to January 1977. He was awarded the "Vidhan Gaurav" in the All India Conference of Presiding Officers, 1989.[3]

He died on 28 December 2016 in Bhopal due to a heart attack at the age of 92.

Positions held

Patwa contested from a variety of seats and he held a variety of official posts:[3]

Personal life

Two of his nephews entered politics on his heels.[4] Surendra Patwa was first elected to Madhya Pradesh Vidhan Sabha from Bhojpur in 2008. He has been a minister in Madhya Pradesh state government.

His nephew Mangal Patwa (1965–2015) contested elections from Manasa seat in 1998 but lost. He became President of BJP's Neemuch District unit. Mangal Patwa died in a road accident in 2015.


  1. ^ "List of Padma awardees 2017". The Hindu. 25 January 2017.
  2. ^ "Sunderlal Patwa, 'Doctor Dadi' among Padma awardees from Madhya Pradesh". Times of India. 27 January 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Biographical Sketch of Member of 13th Lok Sabha". Retrieved 5 March 2012.
  4. ^ "BJP leader from MP dies in a road accident in Chittorgarh | Jaipur News - Times of India". The Times of India.
Lok Sabha Preceded byAlka Nath Member of Parliamentfor Chhindwara 1997 – 1998 Succeeded byKamal Nath Preceded bySartaj Singh Member of Parliamentfor Hoshangabad 1999 – 2004 Succeeded bySartaj Singh Political offices Preceded byVirendra Kumar Sakhlecha Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh 20 January 1980 – 17 February 1980 Succeeded byPresident's rule Preceded byShyama Charan Shukla Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh 5 March 1990 – 15 December 1992 Succeeded byPresident's rule Preceded byBabagouda PatilMinister of State Minister of Rural Development 13 October 1999 – 30 September 2000 Succeeded byVenkaiah Naidu Preceded bySuresh Prabhu Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers 30 September 2000 – 7 November 2000 Succeeded bySatyabrata MookherjeeMinister of State Preceded byNaveen Patnaik Minister of Mines 7 November 2000 – 1 September 2001 Succeeded byRam Vilas Paswan