(Last Updated on : 23/08/2012)
Parkash Singh Badal is the current Chief Minister of the state of Punjab
. He is an Indian agriculturist and politician and a former president of the Shiromani Akali Dal. As the Chief Minister of Punjab, he is currently serving his 5th term with effect from 2012.
Early Life of Parkash Singh Bad
al Parkash Singh Badal was born December 8, 1927 in the village of Abul Khurana, near Malwa to Raghuraj Singh and Sundri Kaur in a Jat Sikh family. In 1947, Parkash Badal entered politics and in the year 1957, he was first elected to Vidhan Sabha
. Badal was again re-elected to Vidhan Sabha in the year 1969.
Political Life of Parkash Singh Badal
Parkash Singh Badal entered politics in 1947. He was appointed as the Minister for Community Development, Panchayati Raj, Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries from 1969-1970. Prakash Singh Badal has become the Chief Minister of Punjab, in three earlier terms, from 1970-1971, 1977-1980 and from 1997-2002. Prakash Singh Badal has also been a Member of Parliament. Later, Badal became Union Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation in the Central Government that was led by Morarji Desai
. From 1996 to 2008, Badal was also the President of the Shiromani Akali Dal.
In the 2012 election, on 6 March, his party, SAD, won 68 seats out of 117. Parkash Singh Badal upon winning his record breaking fifth election is regarded as the oldest chief minister.
Personal Life of Parkash Singh Badal
Prakash Singh Badal was married to Surinder Kaur in the year 1959. The couple has two children, one son and one daughter. His son, Sukhbir Singh Badal, is presently serving as a Member of Parliament and was also a former union minister. His wife passed away in 2011.
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