Sukhbir Singh Badal is not only a world-renowned politician but also a successful businessman and agriculturist. He is the only son of Punjab Chief Minister, Parkash Singh Badal. He is also the president of the 95 year old political party, Shiromani Akali Dal.
Born on July 9, 1962, Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal is an alumnus of the Lawrence School, Sanawar. Sukhbir Singh Badal then went on to pursue M.A. Economics from Panjab University, Chandigarh followed by MBA from California State University, USA.
From Sanawar to Politics, it has been an illustrious journey by Sukhbir Singh Badal, who has become the youngest person to spearhead the country’s oldest regional political party.
After taking ‘siasi ghurti’ (political guidance) from his father and senior most politician in the country, Parkash Singh Badal, he became a member of the 11th, 12th and 14th Lok Sabha respectively, representing Faridkot constituency. During the regime of the then Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 1998, Sukhbir Singh Badal became the Union Minister of State for Industry. He has also been a member of the Rajya Sabha from the year 2001 to 2004.
He was later appointed as DY CM of Punjab in January 2009, after SAS-BJP took over the reins of Punjab in 2007 and has been serving as DY CM for the last eight years.
After proving his political and visionary mettle, Sukhbir Singh Badal was appointed as President of Shiromani Akali Dal in 2008. He is presently representing assembly constituency Jalalabad (Ferozepur district) in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha.
In the new government, he is holding significant portfolios of Home, Governance Reforms, Housing, Excise and Taxation, Investment Promotion, Sports and Youth Services Welfare and Civil Aviation.
The victories in four by-elections and Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee general elections in January 2013 elevated the position of Sukhbir Singh Badal as an important leader in Sikh politics.
He is married to Harsimrat Kaur Badal, who is presently a Member of Parliament from Bathinda and the Union Food Processing Industries Minister. The couple has two daughters and a son. Besides that, he is also a food fanatic and is very fond of home cooked food and prefers to have food cooked in his own kitchen while out of state for political purposes.
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