Shri Satya Pal Jain is the Chairman of the National Legal Working Group of the BJP as well as BJP’s National Committee for Legal Affairs & Election Commission for 2014 General Elections and a member of the BJP National Executive. He remained Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) from Chandigarh Parliamentary Constituency for two consecutive terms. He is a designated Senior Advocate, practising in the Supreme Court of India, Punjab & Haryana High Court at Chandigarh as well as other High Courts.
Born at Kharar (District Ropar, Punjab) on 15th June, 1952, he did his schooling from Christian High School, Kharar. He passed his BA (with honours in Political Science) in 1973 from Government College of Education, Chandigarh, and MA (Political Science) from Panjab University, Chandigarh in 1975.
Because of Emergency in 1975 he had to go to DAV College, Dehradun (affiliated to Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University, Srinagar) to join law from where he obtained his Law Degree in 1979.
He has been quite active in public life right from his school days. He was the President of the Students Union of Christian High School, Kharar, a member of the Central Council of the Government Collage, Chandigarh and was elected as General Secretary of the Panjab University Students’ Council in 1974, by getting the highest number of votes.
He took active part in the movement led by Shri Jai Prakash Narayan in 1974-76. During Emergency, he was arrested under DIR in July, 1975, at the young age of 23. On the call given by Shri Jai Prakash Narayan, he participated in the ‘Satyagraha’ against the Emergency and offered arrest in Chandigarh on 27th January, 1976. During Police Custody, he was tortured by Chandigarh Police by giving him electric shocks.
He was elected to the Panjab University Senate in 1976, at the young age of 24 years, and again in 1980, 1984 and 1988 from Graduates Constituency. He was nominated as a Member of the PU Senate by the Hon’ble Vice President of India in 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012.
He has been an active member of the Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP). He has been the All-India Secretary of ABVP, President of its Chandigarh Unit and a Member of its National Executive for about 10 years.
He has been associated with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) for the last about 35 years and is a second year OTC trained Swayam Sewak of the Sangh.
He was elected to the Lok Sabha consecutively in 1996 (11th Lok Sabha) and 1998 (12th Lok Sabha) from Chandigarh Parliamentary Constituency as a candidate of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
During his membership of 11th and 12th Lok Sabha, he took keen interest in affairs of Parliament and actively participated in its debates.
During his membership of the 11th Lok Sabha (1996-1998), he was appointed the Whip of the Bhartiya Janta Party for all the states of Northern India, Incharge of Punjab Affairs in Lok Sabha and was also appointed as Convener of Legal Committee of the BJP Parliamentary Party. He also remained a member of the Consultative and Parliamentary Standing Committees of Ministry of Home Affairs and The Privileges Committee of Lok Sabha. He was also elected to the Institute Body of Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh by the Lok Sabha.
Satya Pal Jain speaking in Lok SabhaDuring his 2nd term as a member of 12th Lok Sabha (1998-1999), he was again nominated as a member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs, the Home Ministry’s Consultative Committee of Parliament, Estimates Committee of Lok Sabha and the Business Advisory Committee. He was also reelected by the Lok Sabha as a member of the Institute Body of PGIMER, Chandigarh. He was also taken as a member of the Select Committee of Parliament on Essential Commodities Amendment Bill in 1998. During his second term also, he was made Whip of the BJP for North India in Lok Sabha.
He was invited as a member of the Indian delegation of MPs to visit Pakistan by the Jang Group of Newspapers. He visited Lahore and Islamabad in Pakistan as a member of 25 MP delegation in February 1999, a few days before the historic visit of Prime Minister of India Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee to Pakistan by bus, on February 19, 1999.
In July 2002, he was nominated as a member of the National Executive Committee of the BJP and made the ‘Prabhari’ (Incharge) of party’s state unit of Uttaranchal (now Uttarakhand). In January 2003, he was nominated as the Incharge of Legal Cell and Election Cell of the BJP.
In August 2004, he was nominated as the All India Convener of Legal Cell of BJP and was re-nominated as a member of the National Executive Committee of the BJP. In 2006, he was again nominated as a member of the National Executive Committee of the BJP for the third time, consecutively.
During May 2007 – July 2011, he was made the Incharge (Prabhari) of Himachal Pradesh unit of the BJP. During his tenure, the BJP formed the government in Himachal Pradesh in December 2007, by winning 41 out of 68 seats in the Assembly.
He was elected as the Dean of the Faculty of Law, Panjab University Chandigarh in December 2007.
He was appointed as the Election Agent of Sh. Bhairon Singh Shekhawat and Smt. Nezma Heptullah, the NDA’s candidates for the election to the office of the President of India and the Vice President of India, in July 2007.
In June 2010, he was nominated as the All India Incharge of the Legal & Legislative Cell of BJP.
In February 2011, he was nominated as a Member of the 8 member high-powered BJP Election Reforms Committee formed by Sh. Nitin Gadkari, the then National President of BJP to comprehensively study the election related issues, such as effect of black money in the elections, criminalization of politics, efficacy of EVMs and reservation for women in Parliament and State Legislatures.
In July 2012, he was appointed as the Authorised Representative of Sh. P. A. Sangma, the NDA’s candidate for the election to the office of the President of India.
In December 2012, he was elected to the Panjab University Syndicate, the highest decision making body of the University.
In March 2013, he was re-nominated as a member of the National Executive Committee of the BJP for the 5th consecutive term by Shri Rajnath Singh, National President, BJP.
In May 2013, he was nominated as the Chairman of the 6 member National Legal Working Group of the BJP formed by Shri Rajnath Singh, National President, BJP to study comprehensively important legal issues and help the party to effectively formulate its stand on all legal subjects.
In July, 2013 he was nominated as the Chairman of the BJP’s National Committee for Legal Affairs & Election Commission by Sh. Raj Nath Singh, National President of the BJP & Sh. Narendra Modi, CM Gujrat & Chairman, BJP National Campaign Committee, for the upcoming 2014 Lok Sabha Election.
At present, he is the Chairman of BJP’s National Legal Working Group as well as BJP’s National Committee for Legal Affairs & Election Commission for 2014 General Elections and a Member of the National Executive Committee of the BJP.
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