Parkash Singh Badal was an Indian politician who was Chief Minister of Punjab State from 1970 to 1971, from 1977 to 1980, from 1997 to 2002, and from 2007 to 2017.
On December 8, 1927, Parkash Singh Badal was born in Abul Khurana, a town close to Malout. He was a member of a Jat Sikh family. Badal received his diploma from Lahore’s Forman Christian College.
In 1947, Badal began his political career. Before entering Punjab politics, he served as the village satrap of Badal and later as the chairman of the Lambi Block Samiti. From the Shiromani Akali Dal political party, he first won election to the Punjab Vidhan Sabha in 1957.
As Minister for Community Development, Panchayati Raj, Animal Husbandry, Dairy, and Fisheries after being re-elected in 1969, he served.
He served as the opposition’s leader in 1972, 1980, and 2002. With the exception of the election in February 1992, when he oversaw the Akalis’ boycott of the state elections, he had been elected to the Vidhan Sabha ten times in total, in 1957 and in each election since 1969.
He won the Lambi Assembly constituency in the 1997 elections and had won four elections in a row before that. In 1977, he was the Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation in Prime Minister Morarji Desai’s administration.
The first time, in 1970, when he became the youngest chief minister of an Indian state, Badal held the position for four terms. His final term ended in March 2017.
During the Indian Emergency, Badal was initially arrested in the Karnal jail in connection with the Civil Liberties Agitation and then under the Maintenance of Internal Security Act.
From 1996 to 2008, he served as the Akali Dal’s president. He wed Surinder Kaur in 1959. Sukhbir Singh Badal and Parneet Kaur, who is married to Adesh Pratap Singh Kairon, are the couple’s two children. Following a protracted battle with cancer, Surinder Kaur passed away in 2011.
Parkash Singh Badal wife, Surinder Kaur Badal
Parkash Singh Badal’s wife was Bibi Surinder Kaur. She died at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGI) in 2011 after a prolonged battle with cancer. She was 72.