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From PSO of Mulayam Singh Yadav to Union Minister: Political Journey of SP Singh Baghel

By: Qazi Faraz Ahmad


Last Updated: July 07, 2021, 21:06 IST


SP Singh Baghel

SP Singh Baghel

The BJP MP from Agra, Baghel was a former Sub Inspector in the UP Police and a security officer of Mulayam Singh Yadav, who brought him into politics.

Several MPs from Uttar Pradesh were inducted into the Modi cabinet on Wednesday. However, the most interesting name was that of Satya Pal Singh Baghel, the BJP MP from Agra.

A former Sub Inspector in the Uttar Pradesh Police, Prof. SP Singh Baghel is a big name in the political world today.

Baghel got a chance to protect the then Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav while in the police and just from here his fortunes started changing. He was the Chief Minister’s personal security officer (PSO) and after that, he went on to become the Samajwadi Lok Sabha MP from Jalesar in 1998, 1999 and 2004. In 2014, Baghel went to Rajya Sabha from Bahujan Samaj Party. In 2017, he won the Assembly elections from Tundla on a BJP ticket and was made a cabinet minister in the State government. Later, BJP gave him a ticket from Agra and won.

Baghel hails from Bhatpura in the Auraiya district of Uttar Pradesh. His father Rambharose Singh was posted in the Madhya Pradesh Police Department. After Mulayam Singh Yadav became the Chief Minister in 1989, Baghel joined Mulayam’s security, but based on his bravery, hard work and honesty, he also won the heart of Mulayam. Mulayam fielded him for the first time in 1998 as a candidate of the Samajwadi Party from the Jalesar seat and he won. After that, he was elected MP twice.

In 2010, the BSP sent him to the Rajya Sabha. Also given the responsibility of National General Secretary. In 2014, Baghel lost to the son of SP National General Secretary Ram Gopal Yadav from the Firozabad Lok Sabha seat. He resigned from the Rajya Sabha and joined the BJP. After joining the BJP, he was made the National President of the BJP Backward Front.

Baghel has also played a role of a star campaigner for the BJP in the Assembly elections held in Bihar. Baghel is now considered close to Union Home Minister Amit Shah. The party fielded Baghel in 2019 by cutting the ticket of Ram Shankar Katheria, a powerful MP and National President of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes. Baghel won the election with a huge margin from Agra.

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first published:July 07, 2021, 21:06 IST
last updated:July 07, 2021, 21:06 IST