is a former chief minister of the Indian state of Uttarakhand
, named Uttaranchal during his administration. He was the first chief minister
of the state, serving from November 9, 2000 to October 29, 2001.
Born on December 27, 1927 in Haryana, Swami has spent almost all his life in Dehradun where his father served in Forest Research Institute of India. He was married to Chandrakanta Swami and has four daughters. He entered the Freedom Struggle at an early age, under the umbrella of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, and contributed in the local resistances at Dehradun.
Lawyer by profession, Swami entered active politics under the Jan Sangh. He has switched to the Indian National Congress and now to the Bharatiya Janta Party since then. Climbing the ladder in Politics, he got elected into the Legislative Council from the largest (area-wise) graduate constituency of Garhwal and Kumaon. He became Deputy Chairman of the Legislative Council of Uttar Pradesh in 1991 and was unanimously elected the Chairman of the same in 1992.
With the carving of Uttaranchal (now Uttarakhand) in 2000, he was asked by the Bharatiya Janta Party leadership (BJP) to acquire the newly created office of Chief Minister. He served from November 9, 2000 to October 29, 2001 in the office and then resigned voluntarily in favor of Bhagat Singh Koshyari (who was Power Minister in his Cabinet) when asked by the BJP leadership.
Since then he has contested two elections (in 2002 and 2007) from his... Read More