LEADERSHIP

LEADERSHIP

Sardar Parkash Singh Badal has been the Chief Minister of Punjab since 2007. He previously served as Chief Minister from 1970 to 1971, from 1977 to 1980, and from 1997 to 2002. He is also the patron of Shiromani Akali Dal. He has led the party as the president from 1995 to 2008. The Government of India awarded him the second highest civilian award, Padma Vibhushan, in 2015.

Born on 8 December 1927 in Abul Khurana, near Malout, Sardar Prakash Singh Badal graduated from the Forman Christian College in Lahore. In the year 1970 he became the youngest chief minister of an Indian state. Presently he is serving his fifth term.

Sardar Badal was first elected to the Punjab state assembly in 1957. He has been elected an MLA nine times since then. In 1969, he was re-elected to the Assembly and became the Chief Minister of Punjab.

He has fought vociferously for the peace & sovereignty of the country. In the seventies, during the emergency, he was jailed with other politicians under the infamous MISA (Maintenance of Internal Securities Act). Besides, he spent many years behind bars for the sake of people of Punjab and their rights during Akali movement.

Akal Takht bestowed upon him the title of Panth Rattan Fakhr-e-Qaum (literally Jewel of the religion, pride of the community) on 11 December 2011. Badal was awarded this title for his service towards the Sikh Panth by creating many memorials pertaining to Sikhism such as Virasat-e-Khalsa besides being imprisoned for long time and having faced atrocities during various Akali movements.