Patiala and East Punjab States Union
|Patiala and East Punjab States Union (PEPSU)
|State of India|
|enclaves in East Punjab.|
|Legislature||PEPSU Legislative Assembly|
|•||State Established||15 July 1948 1948|
|•||State Disestablished||1 November 1956 1956|
|•||1951||26,208 km2 (10,119 sq mi)|
|Density||133.3 /km2 (345.3 /sq mi)|
The Patiala and East Punjab States Union (PEPSU) was a state of India uniting eight princely states between 1948 and 1956. The capital and principal city was Patiala. The state covered an area of 26,208 km². Shimla, Kasauli, Kandaghat, Dharampur and Chail also became part of the PEPSU.
Princely states union
It was created by combining eight princely states, which maintained their native rulers :
- Six Salute states
- Patiala, title Maharaja, Hereditary salute of 17-guns (19-guns local)
- Jind, title Maharaja, Hereditary salute of 13-guns (15-guns personal and local)
- Kapurthala, title Maharaja, Hereditary salute of 13-guns (15-guns personal and local)
- Nabha, title Maharaja, Hereditary salute of 13-guns (15-guns local):
- Faridkot, title Raja, Hereditary salutes of 11-guns
- Malerkotla, title Nawab, Hereditary salute of 11-guns
- and two Non-salute states
The state was inaugurated on 15 July 1948 and formally became a state of India in 1950.
A part of the former state of PEPSU, including the south-eastern portion around Jind and the Narnaul enclave, presently lie within the state of Haryana, which was separated from Punjab on 1 November 1966. Some other areas that belonged to PEPSU, notably Solan and Nalagarh, now lie in the state of Himachal Pradesh.
Heads of state and government
When the state was formed, the then-Maharaja of Patiala, Yadavindra Singh, was appointed its Rajpramukh (equivalent to Governor). He remained in office during the entire length of the state's short existence. The then Maharaja of Kapurthala, Jagatjit Singh, served as Uparajpramukh (lieutenant-governor).
Gian Singh Rarewala was sworn in on 13 January 1949 as the first Chief Minister of PEPSU. Col. Raghbir Singh became the next Chief Minister on 23 May 1951, and Brish Bhan the Deputy Chief Minister.
On 22 April 1952, Gian Singh Rarewala again became Chief Minister, this time an elected one. He led a coalition government, called the "United Front", formed by the Akali Dal and various independents. On 5 March 1953 his government was dismissed and President's rule was imposed on the state. In the mid-term poll that followed, the Congress party secured a majority and Raghbir Singh became Chief Minister on 8 March 1954. Upon his death, Brish Bhan became the Chief Minister on 12 January 1955 and remained in office as last incumbent.
Initially, in 1948, the state was divided into the following eight districts:
- Patiala district
- Barnala district
- Bhatinda district
- Fatehgarh district
- Sangrur district
- Kapurthala district
- Mohindergarh district
- Kohistan district
In 1953, the number of districts was reduced from eight to five. Barnala district became part of Sangrur district and Kohistan and Fatehgarh districts became part of Patiala district.
There were four Lok Sabha constituencies in this state. Three of them were single-seat constituency: Mohindergarh, Sangrur and Patiala. The Kapurthala-Bhatinda Lok Sabha constituency was a double-seat constituency.
The state had a population of 3,493,685 (1951 census), of which 19% was urban. The population density was 133/km².
- "States Reorganisation Act, 1956". India Code Updated Acts. Ministry of Law and Justice, Government of India. 31 August 1956. pp. section 9. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
- Singh, Roopinder (16 December 2001). "Rarewala: A Punjabi-loving gentleman-aristocrat". The Tribune.
- "History of Jind district". Jind district website. Retrieved 19 March 2011.
- "Patiala and East Punjab States Union". The Sikh Encyclopedia. Retrieved 11 Nov 2016.
- Singh, Gursharan (1991). History of PEPSU, India: Patiala and East Punjab States Union, 1948-1956, Delhi: Konark Publishers, ISBN 81-220-0244-7.