Charanjit Singh Atwal

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Charanjit Singh Atwal
Deputy Speaker of the Lok Sabha
In office
9 June 2004 – 18 May 2009
Preceded byP.M. Sayeed
Succeeded byKaria Munda
Member of the India Parliament
for Phillaur
In office
Personal details
Born (1937-03-15) 15 March 1937 (age 82)
Sahiwal, British India
Political partySAD
Spouse(s)Inderjit Kaur
Children2 sons and 3 daughters
As of 22 September, 2006
Source: [1]

Charanjit Singh Atwal (born 15 March 1937) is an Indian politician who was Deputy Speaker of the 14th Lok Sabha of India from 2004 to 2009. He represented the Phillaur constituency of Punjab in the 14th Lok Sabha and is a member of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) political party.

He was Speaker of the Punjab Legislative Assembly from 1997 to 2002 and again from 2012 to 2017.

Early life[edit]

Sardar Atwal was born to a Mazhabi Sikh family[1] in Montgomery, Punjab Province, British India (Punjab in Pakistan after partition in 1947). Sardar Atwal's family, like many Punjabis migrated to Indian Punjab as refugees[1] when they found themselves living on the wrong side of the border. He graduated from GGN Khalsa College, Ludhiana and then obtained his LLB degree from Panjab University, Chandigarh.

Political life[edit]

Sardar Charanjit Singh Atwal was a member of the Lok Sabha from 1985 to 1989. He was then Speaker of the Punjab Assembly from 1997 to 2002. He is a respected member of the Indian Parliament for 20 years[1] and has over 40 years of service in politics. He has been in the field of politics since 1957 and was elected to the Punjab State Assembly in 1977.[1] He is considered among the top hierarchy of the Shiromani Akali Dal.[1] In the 2001 election Sardar Atwal stood in the Phillaur constituency and crushed his political rival Santosh Chowdhury of the Indian National Congress by a huge margin of 98,884 votes.[2] Santosh Chowdhury was the previous 1999 election winner, winning by what was then a large margin of 26,573 votes.[3]

From 1997 to 2000 he was Chairman of the Committee on Welfare of Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Backward Classes. He was jailed during the 1975-77 emergency.

He has served as Speaker of Punjab Legislative Assembly for a second time since 2012.

Personal life[edit]

Sardar Charanjit.S.Atwal is married to Inderjit Kaur, with whom he had two sons,Inder Iqbal Singh Atwal(his elder son)and Jasjeet Singh Atwal(his younger son) and three daughters,Dr.Kulminderjit Kaur (Eldest Daughter),Parminderjit Kaur (Younger Daughter)and Tripatjit Kaur Atwal(Youngest Daughter).His elder son (S.Inder Iqbal Singh Atwal) is married to Mandeep Kaur Atwal D/O S.Mithan Singh Bhatti.Inder Iqbal Singh Atwal had one son Antar Iqbal Singh Atwal. His younger son(Jasjeet Singh Atwal) is married to Dhanwant Kaur with whom he had twins(Jujharjit Singh Atwal and Virenjit Singh Atwal).


  1. ^ a b c d e Congressional Record, V. 147, Pt. 8, 12 June 2001 to 25 June 2001 p11493
  2. ^ Mahendra Singh Rana. (2006) India Votes: Lok Sabha & Vidhan Sabha Elections 2001-2005. Sarup & Sons publishing. p372
  3. ^ Mahendra Singh Rana. (2006) India Votes: Lok Sabha & Vidhan Sabha Elections 2001-2005. Sarup & Sons publishing

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