|General V. K. Singh
|MP Ghaziabad (UP)
|36, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Road, New Delhi
|Date of Birth
General Vijay Kumar Singh, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, ADC, MP (born 10 May 1951) is an Indian politician and former four-star general in the Indian Army. He is serving as the Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways in the second Modi ministry from May 30, 2019. He previously served as Minister of State for External Affairs in the former Modi Ministry and as Minister of State (Independent Charge) for the development of the North Eastern Region.
During his military career, Singh served as the 23rd Army Chief from 2010 to 2012. Singh took the Government of India to court over the controversy over his date of birth and his subsequent retirement, becoming the first Chief of Army Staff of the Indian Army. Take legal action against the Government of India
After retiring from the army, Singh joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in 2014 and was elected as the Lok Sabha MP for Ghaziabad constituency in Uttar Pradesh in the general election of that year. He was re-elected to the same seat in 2019.
Singh was born on 10 May 1951 to Captain (later Colonel) Jagat Singh, an officer who was then serving in the Rajput Regiment of the 14th Battalion The Indian Army and Krishna Kumari was in the Military Hospital, Pune. He was born in the Tomar clan of Rajput, He had his roots in Bopara village of Bhiwani district of Haryana. His grandfather, Dafadar Mukharam Singh, served with the Third Cavalry.
All five of his father’s brothers served in the army, joining either the 1st Horse (Skinner’s Horse) or the 7th Rajput Regiment. His maternal grandfather Subedar Shibu Singh also served in the army and came from the village of Bohra Kalan in Gurgaon district.
Singh’s mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer and died in 1952. She was raised by her maternal grandparents before being remarried by her father and she went to live with him for a few years. At the age of 8, he joined Birla Public School, a boarding school in Pilani, Rajasthan. He joined the National Cadet Corps during his schooling and served in all three wings.