Shri Sundarlal Patwa

Ex-CM & Past President

Shri 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 a 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.

Shri Sundar Lal Patwa was Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh twice, from 20 January 1980 to 17 February 1980 as a member of the Janata Party and from 5 March 1990 to 15 December 1992 as leader of the 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 on his home turf. He lost from Chhindwara in the 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 a 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 the 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 1967-74. He was detained under M.I.S.A. during the Emergency from June 1975 to January 1977. He was awarded the "Vidhan Gaurav" in the All India Conference of Presiding Officers, in 1989.

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

Shri Sundar Lal Patwa

Positions Held

Shri Sundar Lal Patwa contested from a variety of seats and he held a variety of official posts

  • 1957-67 -  MLA from Manasa
  • 1977-1980 - MLA from Mandsaur
  • 1980-1985 - MLA from Sehore
  • 1985–90 - MLA from Bhojpur. But lost from Manasa.
  • 1990–92, 1993-97 - MLA from Bhojpur
  • 1997-1998 - Lok Sabha Member from Chhindwara (Lok Sabha constituency) by defeating Kamal Nath
  • 1998-99 - MLA from Bhojpur
  • 1999-2004 - Lok Sabha Member from Narmadapuram (Lok Sabha constituency)
  • 1957-67 - Chief Whip, Opposition Party, Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly
  • 1975 - General Secretary, Jana Sangh, Madhya Pradesh
  • 1977 - Member, Working Committee, Janata Part
  • 20 Jan 1980 - 17 Feb 1980 - Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh
  • 1980-85 - Leader of Opposition, Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly Chairman, Public Accounts Committee, Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly
  • 1986 - President, B.J.P., Madhya Pradesh; Member, General Purposes Committee, Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly
  • 5 March 1990 - 15 December 1992 - Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh
  • 13 Oct 1999 – 30 September 2000 - Minister of Rural Development, in Vajpayee Govt.
  • 30 Sep 2000 – 7 Nov 2000 - Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers, in Vajpayee Govt.
  • 7 Nov 2000 – 1 September 2001 - Minister of Mines, in Vajpayee Govt.