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Brajlal Biyani

(1886 – 1968) – (Maharashtra)

Brijlal Biyani (Aged 82) an Indian independence activist and writer, was born in 1886 in the Akola district of Maharashtra. He studied at Morris College in Nagpur. Biyani joined the Non-Cooperation Movement in 1920, and his participation in the Dahihanda Salt Satyagraha, Jungle Satyagraha, and the struggle against Nizam resulted in his being sentenced to jail four times. He was first elected as a member of the Third Legislative Council of Central Provinces and Berar during 1927-1930.

After independence, Biyani served as the Finance Minister of the then Madhya Pradesh State and later represented the Akola constituency. He was also elected to the Legislative Assembly of Bombay State in the 1957 elections from Mangrulpir and was an MLA in the first assembly of Maharashtra State. He was married at a very young age to Savitri, and his daughter Sarla Birla was married to Basant Kumar Birla, the son of Indian businessman Ghanshyam Das Birla, in April 1941. The Brijlal Biyani Science College at Amravati is named after him. He passed away in 1968.