With Delhi Assembly Elections nearing our doorsteps, there has been a surge in all parties. People are searching on the Internet for various types of information about the Delhi Assembly elections in the past.
If Delhi residents are asked to name the state’s first chief minister, most would perhaps name Madan Lal Khurana. But not many would know that Delhi got its first chief minister way back in 1952, 41 years before Khurana.
Delhi’s First Chief Minister Chaudhary Brahm Prakash was a foreign-born
A popular leader of Delhi, Chaudhary Brahm Prakash was just 34 years old when chosen for the top post. He was noted for his organizational and administrative skills.
He was born in Kenya and at the age of 16, he came from Kenya to Delhi with his parents. After coming here, he studied and then became active in politics. After this, Chaudhary Brahm Prakash served as the Chief Minister of Delhi from March 17, 1952 to February 12, 1955.
Brahma Prakash became the first CM of Delhi because of Nehru
Those who know the politics of that era say that it may be coincidental of Chaudhary Brahma Prakash becoming the first CM of Delhi, but he was a capable leader. This was the reason why the then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru also agreed to make Chaudhary Brahm Prakash the CM. It is said that because of Nehru, Brahma Prakash became the CM of Delhi.
Apart from being the first chief minister of Delhi, he also fought and won Lok Sabha elections twice and served as the union cabinet minister for food, agriculture, irrigation and cooperatives.
He passed away in 1993, the year Delhi Assembly elections were again held and Madan Lal Khurana of the Bharatiya Janata Party became the chief minister.