Amarinder Singh

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Amarinder Singh
Chief Minister of Punjab
In office
2002–2007
Preceded by Parkash Singh Badal
Succeeded by Parkash Singh Badal
President of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee
In office
1998–2002
Preceded by Rajinder Kaur Bhattal
Succeeded by H S Hanspal
Member of Legislative Assembly
Incumbent
Assumed office
2010
Preceded by Mohinder Singh Kaypee
Constituency Patiala
Member of Parliament
for Patiala
In office
1980-1984
Preceded by Gurcharan Singh Tohra
Succeeded by Charanjit Singh Walia
Personal details
Born (1942-03-11) March 11, 1942 (age 72)
Patiala, Punjab
Political party Congress
Spouse(s) Preneet Kaur
Residence New Moti Bagh Palace, Patiala
Religion Sikh
Website Official website

Captain Amarinder Singh (born March 11, 1942) is a former Chief Minister of Punjab. He served on this post from 26 February 2002 to 1 March 2007.[1] He is a member of Indian National Congress and was president of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee[2] till 6 March and was replaced by Partap Singh Bajwa. He is the titular Maharaja of Patiala.[3] Presently he is MLA of Punjab Vidhan Sabha from Patiala constituency.[4] He is also a Jat mahasabha chief and demanded reservation for Jats in jobs under the Other Backward Classes (OBC) quota.[5][6][7]

Personal life[edit]

Captain Singh is the son of Yadavindra Singh and Mohinder Kaur, former Maharaja of Patiala. The house of Patiala belongs to the Phulkian dynasty.[8] He attended the Welham Boys' School and Lawrence School Sanawar[9] and The Doon School,[10] Dehradun. His children include Yuvraj Raninder Singh and Jai Inder Kaur. His wife Preneet Kaur, is an MP serving as Minister of State in the External Affairs Ministry.

Army career[edit]

He served as a captain in Indian Army.[11] He joined Indian Army in June 1963 and resigned in early 1965. He rejoined the Army again as hostilities broke out with Pakistan.[12] He again resigned after the war was over in early 1966.[13]

Political career[edit]

He was inducted into the Congress by Rajiv Gandhi. He was elected to the Lok Sabha in 1980. In 1984, he resigned from Parliament and from Congress as a protest against the Army action during Operation Blue Star. He joined the Shiromani Akali Dal 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 named Shiromani Akali Dal (Panthic) which later merged with the Congress. He served as the President of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee from 1999 to 2002 and became Chief Minister of Punjab from 2002 to 2007. In September 2008, a special committee of Punjab Vidhan Sabha expelled him on the count of regularities in the transfer of land related to the Amritsar Improvement Trust by the Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party led government.[14] In 2010, the Supreme Court of India held his expulsion unconstitutional on the grounds it was excessive and unconstitutional.[14] He was elected the chairman of Punjab Congress Committee for the second time in 2009 up to March 2013.

President of All India Jat Maha Sabha[edit]

Capt Amarinder Singh is president of the All India Jat Maha Sabha. He had been associated with the Jat Maha Sabha for last 30 years as its patron since 1980 when Capt Bhagwan Singh was its president. He demands reservation of Jats under the Other Backward Classes (OBC) category.[7] And against removal of social evils like Female foeticide in India and dowry system prevailing in Jat community.[5][15]

Books[edit]

He has also written books on war and Sikh history they include A Ridge Too Far, Lest We Forget and the most recent being The Last Sunset; Rise and Fall of Lahore Durbar.

References[edit]

Preceded by
Parkash Singh Badal
Chief Minister of Punjab
2002–2007
Succeeded by
Parkash Singh Badal