General VK Singh
Development of North Eastern Region, External Affairs, Overseas Indian Affairs
General Vijay Kumar Singh, PVSM, AVSM, YSM (retired) (born 10 May 1951) is an Indian politician and the Minister of State of external affairs and Minister of state(independent charge) for North East Region, in the current NDA Government. He contested Lok Sabha polls from Ghaziabad constituency in Uttar Pradesh where he defeated actor-turned-politician Raj Babbar by a record 5.67 lakh votes, the second highest margin of victory after Narendra Modi. He is a retired Indian Army officer who served as the 24th Chief of Army Staff of the Indian Army. He was the first commando to be promoted general and was also the first serving Indian military chief to take the Government to court. In 2014, he successfully contested the General Elections.He has written Courage and Conviction: An Autobiography. In 2014, he joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and won the Ghaziabad constituency seat in the 2014 Indian general elections.Singh joined the Bhartiya Janata Party on 1 March 2014. He won the seat from the Ghaziabad (Lok Sabha constituency) in the 2014 Indian general election by defeating Indian National Congresss Raj Babbar by a margin of 567,260 votes. He currently holds the office of Minister of state (Independent Charge)under the portfolio development of North Eastern Region in current NDA government.