Who was the President of Indian National Congress at the time of Independence?
Jivatram Bhagwandas Kripalani (JB Kripalani) was the president of the Indian National Congress during the time of Indian Independence.
JB Kripalani was born on 11th November 1888 at Hyderabad, Bombay Presidency, British India. He received his education from Fergusson College in Pune. JB Kripalani was a Gandhian socialist and he joined the Indian freedom struggle after Mahatma Gandhi’s return from South Africa. In the early 1920s, JB Kripalani was involved with the Non-Cooperation Movement. He was an ardent follower of Mahatma Gandhi and grew very close to him. JB Kripalani worked in the ashram of Mahatma Gandhi in Gujarat on account of social reform and education. Before becoming a part of the Non-Cooperation Movement, JB Kripalani worked in the Griers Bhumihar Brahmin College (now L.S. College) Muzaffarpur, Bihar from 1912 to 1917 as a lecturer of English and History. In the year 1928 – 1929, JB Kripalani joined the All India Congress Committee and later became its general secretary.
JB Kripalani was part of the Salt Satyagraha and the Quit India Movement. JB Kripalani served in the interim government of India as well as in the Constituent Assembly of India in 1946 – 1947. In the year 1950, JB Kripalani left Indian National Congress and founded the Kisan Mazdoor Praja Party. The party later merged with the Socialist Party of India and formed the Praja Socialist Party. JB Kripalani was elected to the Lok Sabha (the lower house of the Indian Parliament) or the Assembly of People in the year 1952, 1957, 1963 and 1967 as a member of the Praja Socialist Party. JB Kripalani was the husband of Sucheta Kripalani the first female and the 4th Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh serving from 2nd October 1963 to 13th arch 1967. JB Kripalani passed away on 19th March 1982 at the age of 93 in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India.