Amarinder Singh


Amarinder Singh

Infobox President


name = Capt. Amarinder Singh
small| caption Amarinder Singh
birth_date =birth date and age|1942|03|11
birth_place = Patiala, Punjab
residence = Patiala
death_date =
death_place =
order = 29th Chief Minister of Punjab
term_start =
term_end =
predecessor = Parkash Singh Badal
successor = Parkash Singh Badal
party = Congress
religion = Sikh
spouse = Preneet Kaur

Capt. Amarinder Singh (born March 11, 1942, Patiala, India) is a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) in the Vidhan Sabha and former Chief Minister of Punjab.

Background

He is the son of Late Maharaja Yadavindra Singh of Patiala and was the head of the royal house of Patiala. He was educated at the two top schools of India, namely the Lawrence School, Sanawar and Doon school Dehradun.

Apparently he has close links with Ch. Parvaiz Elahi, a veteran politician from West Punjab who is from the Jatt Gondal Clan and was also the governor of West Punjab

Army background

He was commissioned in the Indian Army in June 1963 and resigned in early 1965. He rejoined the Army immediately because hostilities broke out with Pakistan and took part in the actual operations in war against Pakistan and again resigned after the war was over in early 1966.

A soldier-turned-politician, Captain Singh was a personal friend of, and was inducted into the Congress, by Rajiv Gandhi. Singh quit the Congress in protest against Operation Bluestar - in which security forces attacked the Sikhs holiest shrine the Golden Temple in Amritsar, Punjab. In the immediate aftermath of Operation Bluestar, the then prime minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated. Singh went on to join the Akali Dal. Patiala royal scion Amarinder Singh, also a Doon School alumni, came into the Congress at about the time Sonia Gandhi took over the reigns of the party. Singh is also a former Punjab minister.

Political career

He was elected to the Lok Sabha on an Indian National Congress ticket in 1980. In 1984, he resigned from Parliament and from Congress (I) as a protest against the Army entry in Darbar Sahib's complex in Operation Bluestar. He became convenor of the Sikh Forum and joined the Shiromani Akali Dal. He was elected to the state legislature and became a minister in the state government for Agriculture, Forest, Development and Panchayats.

He broke away from the Akali Dal and formed a splinter group which later merged with the Congress. His wife Preneet Kaur was elected to Parliament in 1999 and again in 2004.

His sister is married to congress politician Natwar Singh who was Minister of External Affairs till 2005 in the Manmohan Singh government.


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