Preneet Kaur

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Preneet Kaur
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Minister of State for External Affairs
In office
28 May 2009 – 17 May 2014
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
Preceded by Anand Sharma
Succeeded by V K Singh
Member of Parliament
In office
10 October 1999 – 18 May 2014
Preceded by Prem Singh Chandumajra
Succeeded by Dharamvir Gandhi
Constituency Patiala
Personal details
Born (1944-10-03) 3 October 1944 (age 70)
Punjab, British India
Political party Indian National Congress
Spouse(s) Amarinder Singh (1964-present)
Children Raninder Singh
Jai Inder Kaur
Residence New Moti Bagh Palace, Patiala, India
Religion Sikhism

Preneet Kaur (born 3 October 1944) is an Indian politician and former minister in the Government of India.[1] She joined the Congress party, to which her husband also belongs, and contested parliamentary elections repeatedly from the Patiala constituency. She won the elections of 1999, 2004 and 2009, but lost her seat in the elections of 2014. She served as a Minister of State in the Ministry of External Affairs during the years 2009-14.

Early life[edit]

Kaur was born in Shimla, India. She is the daughter of Gian Singh Kahlon, an Indian Civil Service officer and Satinder Kaur. She has one brother, Himmat Singh Kahlon and one sister, Geetinder Kaur.

Kaur attended St. Bede's College, Shimla and graduated from The Convent of Jesus and Mary, Shimla. In October 1964, she married to former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.[2] The couple have one son Raninder Singh and one daughter Jai Inder Kaur (b.1966).

Political career[edit]

Prior to entering politics, Preneet was instrumental in founding Sanjeevani, an institution in Patiala for differently-abled children.[citation needed] In 1999 she was elected from the Patiala Lok Sabha constituency. She was re-elected in 2004 and served on Food, Civil Supplies and Public Distribution, Women's Empowerment, Public Undertakings and Water Resources at various times. She also served on the Consultative Committees attached to the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas.[citation needed] She was again re-elected in 2009 and was appointed Minister of State in the Ministry of External Affairs.

In 2014, Kaur was defeated by Aam Aadmi Party candidate Dharamvir Gandhi by 20,942 votes.[3]


Preneet Kaur's name was found in the illegal black money case account holders lists given by the Swiss banks. [4]


  1. ^ "Detailed Profile: Smt. Preneet Kaur". Government of India. 2005. Retrieved 2011-10-25. [1]
  2. ^ Preneet Kaur profile
  3. ^ Patiala Lok Sabha election results, 2014
  4. ^ [2]

External links[edit]

Media related to Preneet Kaur at Wikimedia Commons