- Amarinder Singh
name = Capt. Amarinder Singh
small| caption Amarinder Singh
birth_date =birth date and age|1942|03|11
order = 29th Chief Minister of Punjab
Parkash Singh Badal
Parkash Singh Badal
party = Congress
Capt. Amarinder Singh (born
March 11, 1942, Patiala, India) is a Member of the Legislative Assembly(MLA) in the Vidhan Sabha and former Chief Ministerof Punjab.
He is the son of Late
MaharajaYadavindra 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, Sanawarand 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
He was commissioned in the
Indian Armyin June 1963and resigned in early 1965. He rejoined the Army immediately because hostilities broke out with Pakistanand 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 Gandhiwas 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.
He was elected to the
Lok Sabhaon an Indian National Congressticket 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 Forumand 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 Kaurwas elected to Parliament in 1999 and again in 2004.
His sister is married to congress politician
Natwar Singhwho was Minister of External Affairs till 2005 in the Manmohan Singhgovernment.
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