08 July 2016
Raj Narain 23.3.2007
Raj Narain [November 1917-31 Dec 1986] known as 'Lokbandhu', was an Indian freedom fighter and politician. He won a case against the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, which led to her disqualification and imposition of Emergency in India in 1975. He defeated Indira Gandhi during the 1977 Lok Sabha elections.
The former union minister died on 31 December 1986. At the time of his death he had a bank balance of Rs 1,450, having been born in a rich Bhumihar Brahmin family, with at least 800 bighas of land, which he had distributed amongst the landless dalits. He has come to be known as the only person to have defeated Indira Gandhi at the hustings. But much before that, socialist Raj Narain was recognised for his "unforgettable contribution to the freedom struggle" — a citation in the Swantrata Sangraam Senani Taamra-Patra given to him by the Indian government.