Suraj Bhan
सूरज भान
Suraj Bhan
Chairman of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes
In office
2004 - 2006
Succeeded byButa Singh
14th Governor of Himachal Pradesh
In office
23 November 2000 – 7 May 2003
Chief MinisterPrem Kumar Dhumal
Virbhadra Singh
Preceded byVishnu Kant Shastri
Succeeded byVishnu Sadashiv Kokje
23rd Governor of Uttar Pradesh
In office
20 April 1998 – 23 November 2000
Chief MinisterKalyan Singh
Ram Prakash Gupta
Rajnath Singh
Preceded byMohammad Shafi Qureshi (Acting)
Succeeded byVishnu Kant Shastri
Governor of Bihar
(Additional Charge)
In office
6 October 1999 – 23 November 1999
Chief MinisterRabri Devi
Preceded byB.M. Lall (Acting)
Succeeded byV. C. Pande
11th Deputy Speaker of Lok Sabha
In office
12 July 1996 – 4 December 1997
SpeakerP. A. Sangma
Preceded byS. Mallikarjunaiah
Succeeded byP. M. Sayeed
22nd Minister of Agriculture
In office
16 May 1996 – 1 June 1996
Prime MinisterAtal Bihari Vajpayee
Preceded byJagannath Mishra
Succeeded byH. D. Deve Gowda
Member of Parliament- Ambala (Haryana)
In office
Leader of Opposition of Haryana Assembly
In office
Revenue Minister (Haryana)
In office
Personal details
Born(1928-10-01)1 October 1928
Yamunanagar, British India
Died6 August 2006(2006-08-06) (aged 77)
Delhi, India
Cause of deathCardiac Arrest
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party

Suraj Bhan (1 October 1928 – 6 August 2006) was a former Governor, Member of Parliament and an Indian politician from Bharatiya Janata Party.

Personal life

Suraj Bhan Banswal was born on 1 October 1928 at Mehlanwali, Yamuna Nagar district of Haryana into Chamar community and studied MA and LLB at Panjab University and Kurukshetra University.[1]

He started his public life as a volunteer of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.[2] His son Arun Kumar is also associated with BJP and been in-charge in various municipal corp. elections in Hayana.

His grandson Gaurav Banswal is an IPS officer of Uttar Pradesh Cadre where Bhan served as Governor.[3]

Political career

He died of cardiac arrest following multiple organ failure on 6 August 2006 in New Delhi at the age of 77.


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  2. ^ Subhash Mishra (3 April 2000). "Family Face-Off". India Today. Retrieved 1 November 2021.
  3. ^ Jaskaran Singh (2 April 2019). "Ambala: Ex-MP Suraj Bhan's son Arun Kumar among BJP probables - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 1 July 2022.
  4. ^ "Biographical Sketch of Member of XI Lok Sabha". Retrieved 1 July 2022.
  5. ^ "List of Ex State Presidents".
  6. ^ Surendra Kishore (17 November 1999). "Bihar Governor sacks underage minister". Indian Express. Retrieved 2 June 2007.
  7. ^ Yoginder Gupta (12 July 2002). "Suraj Bhan joins race for VP's post". The Tribune. Retrieved 1 November 2021.
  8. ^ "SC/ST Commission Chairman Suraj Bhan dead". DNA India. Retrieved 1 July 2022.