Punjab Chief Minister S. Parkash Singh Badal has the rare distinction of being the nations’ youngest as well as the oldest chief minister. Headed by S. Parkash Singh Badal, the contributions made by the Badal family in shaping up the socio-political sphere of the state are unmatchable.
S. Parkash Singh Badal has been the Chief Minister of Punjab since 2007, serving the state as Chief Minister for the fifth time. Previously he served as Chief Minister from 1970-71, 1977-80, 1997-2002 and 2007-12. He has also led as the part’s President from 1995 to 2008 before Sukhbir Singh Badal took charge as President.
He has fought vociferously for the peace & sovereignty of the country. For this Akal Takht bestowed upon him the title of Panth Rattan Fakhr-e-Qaum (literally Jewel of the religion, pride of the community) in 2011 and the Government of India awarded him the second highest civilian award, Padma Vibhushan, in 2015.
Sukhbir Singh Badal took charge of Shiromani Akali Dal in 2008 when the party unanimously elected him as the President of the party. A young and dynamic politician, he is also leading the political command of Punjab as a Deputy Chief Minister since 2009.
Sukhbir Singh Badal is the youngest person ever to become the President of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD). Perseverance, consistent hard work and leadership acumen elevated him to this esteemed position.
Sukhbir Singh Badal has taken many initiatives in the interest of the people over a period of time. He has infused a new lease of life in the organization structure by spreading its wings, moving beyond ethnic and cultural boundaries.
Wife of Sukhbir Singh Badal, Smt. Harsimrat Kaur Badal, is the latest entrant to the coveted Badal family who has carved her own space in politics and social work. Elected as Member of Parliament from Bathinda constituency, she is currently the Union Minister of the Food Processing Industry in the Modi government.
A democratic setup can never be successful without people’s participation. Citizen participation is instrumental in achieving good governance and helps in decision-making process. It facilitates the government in understanding citizens’ viewpoint and getting their feedback. Moreover, our commitment towards creating a free world devoid of any prejudices and biases can only be achieved if people can ask question and raise issues. This will also keep us in tuned with ground reality. So, I encourage each and every citizen to freely discuss various issues, ask solution to your specific problem and most importantly question us on our functioning.