For a relative newcomer to politics, Jitendra Singh has had a dream run, winning his debut election against Congress heavyweight Ghulam Nabi Azad from Udhampur and now taking over as MoS in the Narendra Modi-led PMO.
The diabetologist who joined the BJP as late as in 2012, is a member of the party’s national executive and chief spokesperson of the J&K unit.
The eldest of three brothers, Singh, 57, and his youngest brother Devender Singh Rana find themselves on different sides of the political divide.
Rana was adviser to Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and is now provincial president of the NC in Jammu region.
Singh’s first political role was during the 2008 Amarnath land row when he acted as spokesperson for the Shri Amarnath Yatra Sangharsh Samiti that spearheaded the 61-day-long stir against the Governor’s decision to revoke the transfer of 90 acres of forest land in South Kashmir to the Amarnath Shrine Board. He is also a strong votary of abrogation of Article 370, the Constitutional provision that guarantees special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
Singh, who is from Malhori village in Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir, now lives in Jammu’s Gandhi Nagar area. Born on November 6, 1956, he got his MBBS degree from Stanley Medical College, Chennai and MD (Medicine) from Government Medical College, Jammu. He worked as professor of diabetes and endocrinology at Government Medical College and Hospital, Jammu, until he quit to join the BJP in 2012. Married to Manju Singh, he has two sons, Aprajit Singh and Arunoday Singh.