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The three Bhajan, Bansi and Devi are credited with taking the state on the path of development after the bifurcation of Punjab in 1966. They held the Chief Minister's post among themselves between 1968 and 99.

Bhajan, born on October 6, 1930, received formal education at Bahwal Nagar (Pakistan). A farmer by profession, he started his career from the lowest ladder in the political hierarchy. He became Sarpanch, then Chairman of Panchayat Samiti, Hissar for five years and later President of Congress Mandal in the same region for four years.

Bhajan was elected to the Haryana Assembly for the first time during the mid-term elections of 1968 from Adampur Constituency. Except in 1987, when his wife Jasma Devi won from Adampur after he moved to the Centre, he always won the seat.

Out of the eight elections for Adampur from 1968 to 2005, Bhajan contested on a Congress ticket except in 1977 when he contested on a Janta Party nomination.

Before taking over as Chief Minister of Haryana on June 28, 1979, Bhajan Lal during his upward climb to the highest chair in the state acquired not only organizational and administrative experience, but also knowledge of men, matters and problems faced by the people.

Having suffered many vicissitudes of fate as a politician, statesman and development officer, he successfully piloted and launched a number of development schemes for the benefit of the people.

Haryana's 2005 polls saw the victory of the Congress which caused a major rift in its state unit, as it opted to make a Jat leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda, the Chief Minister, instead of Bhajan whose son Chander Mohan was made Deputy Chief Minister as part of a compromise formula.

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