West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday
paid homage to Babu Jagjivan Ram on his birth anniversary.
"Homage to Babu Jagjivan Ram on his birth anniversary," Ms Banerjee posted
on her social networking page.
Born on April 5, 1908, Babu Jagjivan Ram, known popularly as Babuji was a
prominent Dalit leader, freedom fighter and national leader who fought for the
uplift of the downtrodden.
He served as a cabinet minister for 35 years and held several key portfolios,
bringing about path-breaking reforms.
As Food and Agriculture Minister, Babuji is credited for the Green Revolution
and as Defence Minister, he led the country to victory in the historic 1971 war
against Pakistan which saw the birth of Bangladesh.
Though he supported Prime Minister Indira Gandhi during the Emergency
(1975–77), he left Congress in 1977 and joined the Janata Party alliance.
Babuji later served as the Deputy Prime Minister of India (1977–79), then in
1980, he formed Congress (J)
He remained a member of Parliament till his death in 1986, after over forty
years as a parliamentarian.
Babuji was elected from Sasaram parliament constituency in Bihar. His
uninterrupted representation in the Parliament from 1936 to 1986 is a world