Hansraj Bhardwaj

Hansraj Bhardwaj

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Hansraj Bhardwaj (Kannada: ಹನ್ಸ್ರಾಜ್ ಭಾರದ್ವಾಜ್; born May 17, 1937) is an Indian politician, currently serving as the Governor of Karnataka. He is a member of the Indian National Congress. He holds the record of having the second longest tenure in Law Ministry since independence, after Ashoke Kumar Sen. He was the minister of state for nine years and a cabinet minister for law and justice for five years. He has been accused of "petty politicking" as a loyalist of the Congress Party even when appointed to constitutional posts.

Political career

Bhardwaj was first elected to the Rajya Sabha in April 1982. He served as Minister of State in the Ministry of Law and Justice from December 31, 1984 to November 1989 and was re-elected to the Rajya Sabha in April 1988. He was then Minister of State (Independent Charge) in the Ministry of Planning and Programme Implementation from June 21, 1991 to July 2, 1992 and Minister of State in the Ministry of Law, Justice and Company Affairs from July 3, 1992 to May 1996. He was again re-elected to the Rajya Sabha in April 1994 and April 2000, and from May 22, 2004 to May 28, 2009 he served as Union Cabinet Minister of Law and Justice.

Having previously represented Madhya Pradesh in the Rajya Sabha, Bhardwaj was instead elected to the...
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