BJP Rajnath Singh Profile
Almost a decade back after the BJP lost power in Uttar Pradesh under his stewardship, Rajnath Singh cut a lonely figure at his current Ashoka Road residence in the national capital.
It couldn’t be more true for the 62-year-old leader, now No.2 in the Narendra Modi cabinet.
In subsequent years, not only he rose to become the national Bharatiya Janata Party president December 2005-December 2009, he was nominated for the coveted post again in 2013 and led a team that ultimately won the polls for the National Democratic Alliance.
Labelled as a ‘wily Thakur’ by many in state politics, Rajnath Singh is known to have friends in all parties and it was for this reason that it was often rumoured during the poll campaign that in case the BJP fell short of majority, he could be front-runner for the post of prime minister.