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Madan Lal Khurana

Madan Lal Khurana
Madan Lal Khurana addressing a rally in 2005
Governor of Rajasthan
In office
14 January 2004 – 1 November 2004
Preceded by Kailashpati Mishra (additional charge)
Succeeded by T. V. Rajeswar (additional charge)
3rd Chief Minister of Delhi
In office
Preceded by President's rule*
Succeeded by Sahib Singh Verma
Personal details
Born (1936-10-15) 15 October 1936
Lyallpur, Punjab, British India (now Faisalabad, Punjab, Pakistan)
Nationality Indian
Alma mater Allahabad University
Religion Hinduism
  • State of Delhi ceased to exist, became a centrally administered union territory

Madan Lal Khurana (born 15 October 1936) is an Indian politician who was Chief Minister of Delhi from 1993 to 1996. He also served as Governor of Rajasthan in 2004. He is a member of Rashtriya Swayansevak Sangh and Bharatiya Janata Party.


  • Early life 1
  • Political career 2
    • As a student 2.1
    • Jan Sangh 2.2
    • Rise of BJP 2.3
  • Criticism 3
  • Personal life 4
  • References 5

Early life

Madan Lal Khurana was born in Lyallpur, Punjab, British India, (now called Faisalabad in Punjab, Pakistan) to S.D. Khurana and Laxmi Devi.[1] Khurana was barely 12 when the family was forced to migrate to Delhi by Partition and began to piece its life together again at a refugee colony Kirti Nagar in New Delhi.[2] He took his Bachelor's Degree from Kirori Mal College under Delhi University.[3]

Political career

As a student

Khurana had his training in politics at Allahabad University, where he was doing his post-graduation in economics.[2] He was general secretary of the Allahabad Students Union in 1959 and became general secretary of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad in 1960.

Jan Sangh

As a youth, Khurana became a teacher with Vijay Kumar Malhotra, at PGDAV (evening) College before deciding to enter politics.[2][4] Madan Lal Khurana, Vijay Kumar Malhotra, Kedar Nath Sahani and Kanwar Lal Gupta founded the Delhi chapter of the Jan Sangh, which in 1980 transformed into BJP. Khurana was the Jan Sangh's general secretary from 1965 to 1967. He dominated first Municipal Corporation politics and then the Metropolitan Council where he was the Chief Whip, Executive Councillor and Leader of the Opposition by turns.

Rise of BJP

BJP suffered badly in 1984 general elections, held after the death of Indira Gandhi. Khurana is credited with reviving the party in India's capital, New Delhi. He worked tirelessly, which earned him the title of 'Dilli Ka Sher' (Lion of Delhi).

He was the Chief Minister of Delhi from 1993 until he resigned in 1996. The party declined to reinstate him and preferred staying with Sahib Singh Verma, who enjoyed significant clout among the powerful Jat community in whole of North India.

He along with Kedar Nath Sahani and Vijay Kumar Malhotra kept the party afloat in New Delhi for more than four decades spanning from 1960 to 2000.

The peak of his career saw him serve as the Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs and Tourism in the Vajpayee government and Governor of Rajasthan from 14 January 2004 to 28 October 2004, when he resigned to return to politics in Delhi after about half a dozen MLAs from Delhi went up to him in Jaipur Raj Bhawan requesting him to return to active politics.

On 20 August 2005, Khurana was removed from the BJP for indiscipline for publicly criticising BJP president Lal Krishna Advani and expressing inability and discomfort at serving with him. On 12 September 2005, he was taken back to the party and given back his responsibilities after he apologised about his remarks about the party's leadership.

On 19 March 2006, he was again expelled from the primary membership of the BJP for his anti-party statements. Khurana spoke against the party leadership when he announced that he would attend expelled Saffron Party leader Uma Bharti's rally in Delhi.[5] Khurana left the BJP, accusing her of not helping solve his cause as committed of giving weight to his mission of developing Delhi.

Now Khurana lives the life of a political retiree although he is back into the BJP.


In 1991, an arrest linked to militants in Kashmir led to a raid on hawala brokers, revealing evidence of large-scale payments to national politicians.[6] Those accused included L. K. Advani, V. C. Shukla, P. Shiv Shankar, Sharad Yadav, Balram Jakhar, and Madan Lal Khurana.[7] The prosecution that followed was partly prompted by a public interest petition (see Vineet Narain), and yet the court cases of the Hawala scandal eventually all collapsed without convictions. .[6] Many were acquitted in 1997 and 1998, partly because the hawala records (including diaries) were judged in court to be inadequate as the main evidence.[7] The Central Bureau of Investigation's role was criticised. In concluding the Vineet Narain case, the Supreme Court of India directed that the Central Vigilance Commission should be given a supervisory role over the CBI.[6]

Personal life

Khurana is married to Raj Khurana. They have three children. They all live in Kirti Nagar, New Delhi.


  1. ^ Former Governor of Rajasthan
  2. ^ a b c The Lion in Winter – Lok Sabha Election news 2009 –
  3. ^
  4. ^ Good Read: India – Delhi's next CM?
  5. ^ Another suspension as Khurana goes Uma's way (Indiatimes News Network)
  6. ^ a b c "Vineet Narain Case, Directions of the Court". 2 November 2006. Archived from the original on 2 April 2007. 
  7. ^ a b Sudha Mahalingam (21 Mar – 3 April 1998). "Jain Hawala Case: Diaries as evidence". Frontline magazine 15 (6). Archived from the original on 10 March 2007. Retrieved 2 November 2006. 
Political offices
Preceded by
NA (President's Rule)
Chief Minister of Delhi
Succeeded by
Sahib Singh Verma
Preceded by
Kailashpati Mishra (additional charge)
Governor of Rajasthan
January 2004 – November 2004
Succeeded by
T. V. Rajeswar (additional charge)
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