Punjab CM Amrinder Singh turn’s 79

By-Ishan Kaul

Amarinder Singh is one of the most prominent leaders of the Congress and is serving his second term as Punjab chief minister and he was wished for a prosperous life from top leaders across the world.

   On the occasion of his 79th birthday, let us take a look at his background and some highlight of his political career.

 

Amrinder Singh is the son of Maharaja Yadavindra Singh and Maharani Mohinder Kaur of Patiala belonging to the Phulkian dynasty,[8] He attended the Loreto Convent, Tara Hall, Shimla and Lawrence School, Sanawar before going to The Doon School, Dehradun. He also served in the Indian Army from June 1963 to December 1966 after graduating from the National Defence Academy and the Indian Military Academy.[13] He was commissioned into the Sikh Regiment.[14]He served as the aide-de-camp to the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Western Command, Lieutenant General Harbaksh Singh, from December 1964.[15] He participated in the 1965 Indo-Pakistan war.

Singh joined politics later in 1980s and participated in lok Sabha election of 1980 from congress as having good relation with rajiv gandhi. Later in 1984 after the blue star opretion he he resigned from Parliament and from Congress as a protest against the Army action and we went on joining the Shiromani Akali Dal was elected to the state legislature from Talwandi Sabo and became a minister in the state government for Agriculture, Forest, Development and Panchayats.

In 1992 he broke away from the Akali Dal and formed a splinter group named Shiromani Akali Dal (Panthic) which later merged with the Congress in 1998 (after his party’s crushing defeat in Vidhan Sabha election in which he himself was defeated from his own constituency where he got only 856 votes) after Sonia Gandhi took over the reign of the party. He was defeated by Prof Prem Singh Chandumajra from Patiala Constituency in 1998 by a margin of 33,251 votes. He served as the President of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee on three occasions from 1999 to 2002, 2010 to 2013 and 2015 to 2017, he also became Chief Minister of Punjab in 2002 and continued until 2007.

He defeated senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley by a margin of more than 102,000 votes in the 2014 general elections and On 27 November 2015, Amarinder Singh was appointed President of Punjab Congress in the run-up to Punjab elections slated for 2017. On 11 March 2017 Congress Party won the State Assembly Elections under his leadership.Amarinder Singh was sworn in as the 26th Chief Minister of Punjab on 16 March 2017.

Happy Birthday Captin Amrinder Singh