Sukhbir Singh Badal

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Sukhbir Singh Badal
Jitendra Singh, the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Information & Broadcasting, Shri Manish Tewari and the Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab, Sardar Sukhbir Singh Badal (cropped).jpg
Badal at Ludhiana, India in 2014
Member of Parliament Parliament of India
In office
Preceded byJagmeet Singh Brar
Succeeded byJagmeet Singh Brar
In office
Preceded byJagmeet Singh Brar
Succeeded byParamjit Kaur Gulshan
Union Minister of State for Industry
In office
Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab
In office
21 January 2009 – 1 July 2009
Preceded byRajinder Kaur Bhattal
Succeeded byVacant
In office
10 August 2009 – 11 March 2017
Preceded byVacant
Member of Legislative Assembly, Punjab
In office
August 2009 – Present
Preceded bySher Singh Ghubaya
Personal details
Sukhbir Singh Dhillon

(1962-07-09) 9 July 1962 (age 56)
Faridkot, Punjab, India
Political partyShiromani Akali Dal
Spouse(s)Harsimrat Kaur Badal
As of 22 September, 2006
Source: [1]

Sukhbir Singh Badal (born 9 July 1962) is an Indian politician and President of Shiromani Akali Dal, a Sikh political party.[1] He served as Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab from 2009 to 2017. He is the son of Parkash Singh Badal, who has served several times as Chief Minister of Punjab.

Early life and education[edit]

Sukhbir Badal was born on 9 July 1962 in Faridkot. His mother's name is Surinder Kaur. Initially, he was educated at The Lawrence School, Sanawar. He completed an M.A. Hons School in Economics from Panjab University Chandigarh from 1980 to 1984 and an M.B.A from California State University, Los Angeles.[1][2]

Political career[edit]

Sukhbir Singh Badal was a member of the 11th and 12th Lok Sabha, representing Faridkot.[3][4] He was Union Minister of State for Industry in Second Vajpayee Ministry during 1998 to 1999. He was also a member of Rajya Sabha during 2001 to 2004. In 2004, he was re-elected from Faridkot for 14th Lok Sabha.[5] He became the President of Akali Dal in January 2008. A year later in January 2009, he sworn as the Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab.[6] He was not the Member of Punjab Vidhan Sabha at that time. He resigned in July 2009, upon the completion of six-month period available for contesting elections for the assembly, during which he didn’t contested any elections.[7] He was again appointed Deputy Chief Minister in August 2009 after winning by-elections from Jalalabad Assembly Constituency.[8]

2012 Punjab elections[edit]

Akali Dal-BJP combined secured victory in the 2012 Punjab elections, beating anti-incumbency for the first time in Punjab.[9] Sukhbir was re-elected from Jalalabad and remained Deputy Chief Minister.[10][11] In the new government he held portfolio of Home, Governance Reforms, Housing, Excise and Taxation, Investment Promotion, Sports and Youth Services Welfare and Civil Aviation.[11] This victory and later victory in Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee elections in January 2013 elevated the position of Sukhbir Singh Badal as an important leader in politics.[12]

Badal with Parkash Singh Badal and Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Sukhbir Badal defeated Bhagwant Mann of Aam Aadmi Party (MP Sangrur) and Ravneet Singh Bittu(MP Ludhiana) from INC in 2017 Assembly Elections, however, the SAD and BJP alliance was lost to Congress.

Controversies : Corruption and Moga molestation case[edit]

In April 2015, a teenage girl died and her mother was seriously injured when they were molested and thrown from a running bus near Gil village in Moga district.[13] The Bus was operated by Orbit aviation, a company in which Badal has stakes.[14]

Subsequently, it was revealed by news channels that the Chief Minister of Punjab gave the girls father with ₹30 lacs in compensation.[15]

Deputy Chief Minister[edit]

Progressive Punjab[edit]

Organised by Department of Industries and Commerce, Government of Punjab, 'Progressive Punjab Investors Summit' is a first of its kind initiative by the Government of Punjab to reach out to investors and business leaders to showcase opportunities offered by Punjab. Envisioned by Punjab Deputy CM, Sukhbir Singh Badal, it is aimed towards showcasing the state's strengths, which make Punjab one of the most favoured destinations and one of the easiest places to do business in India. Punjab is amongst one of the leading states of India in terms of industrial investment with a unique combination of a talented human resources, unmatched infrastructure and limitless growth opportunities. Punjab stood first in terms of setting up business as per a study released by World Bank.[16]

Held twice at Indian School of Business (ISB), Mohali, it was first took place in the year 2013 and subsequently in 2015. The summit focused on opportunities for investors in sectors like manufacturing, textiles, light engineering, information technology, hardware & electronics, agro and food processing, tourism and healthcare to provide impetus to the state economy. In the first edition of the summit, Punjab government in an effort to provide 'ease of doing business' to new investors, had also set up a Punjab Bureau of Investment Promotion (PBIP). It is a one-stop authority to give clearances to new business proposals and fiscal incentives in a time bound manner.

The summit was huge success and Punjab government garnered huge investment by signing MoU with the corporate giants from across the world. It is to be noted that the Punjab government had signed proposals of over Rs.65,000 crore worth of investments in the state during the first investors' summit [17] and in the second edition, it garnered investment worth Rs 1.13 Lakh crore.[18]

Mohali International Airport[edit]

Chandigarh embarked on an international journey with Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab, Sukhbir Singh Badal leading a 40-member trade delegation in the maiden flight to Sharjah.

Investment Outreach Seminar - Dubai[edit]

Presenting a strong case of Punjab, Deputy Chief Minister apprised the international business community about the plethora of investment opportunities offered by the state.

On behalf of Punjab Bureau of Investment Promotion (PBIP), Sukhbir singh Badal signed a tripartite MoU with Indian Business and Professional Council (IBPC) of Dubai and the Confederation Indian Industry (CII).[19]

Road Infrastructure[edit]

Sukhbir Singh Badal along with Union Minister for Roads and Highways, Nitin Gadkari laid the foundation stone of 12 mega road projects for Punjab worth Rs 10,290 crore.[20]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Harsimrat Kaur Badal on 21 November 1991. She is also a politician and presently Member of Parliament of India from Bathinda (Lok Sabha constituency) since 2009 and the union food processing minister under Prime Minister Narendra Modi.[21] His mother Surinder Kaur died on 24 May 2011 from throat and pancreatic cancer at PGIMER, Chandigarh.[22] His son Anantbir Singh Badal made his first political appearance in 2019 before Indian general election.[23]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Bains, Satinder (31 January 2008). "Sukhbir Badal becomes youngest president of Shiromani Akali Dal". Punjab Newsline. Archived from the original on 28 November 2010. Retrieved 10 December 2010.
  2. ^ Distinguished Alumni Panjab University
  6. ^ Badal Jr. sworn in Deputy CM
  7. ^ Sukhbir Badal quits as Deputy CM
  8. ^ Sukhbir back as Deputy CM
  9. ^ Punjab: SAD-BJP defies anti-incumbency, wins big
  10. ^ Results Punjab State Assembly Elections 2012 Archived 6 May 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ a b Punjab Cabinet Ministers Portfolios 2012 Archived 3 February 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ How Sukhbir won the day for SAD
  13. ^ Webdesk, DNA News (2 May 2015). "Moga molestation: Punjab education minister stirs up controversy, says victim death 'god's will'". DNA India. Retrieved 2 May 2015.
  14. ^ Sharma, Sandipan (1 May 2015). "Why spare the bus owners? Punjab molestation case is no different from Uber rape incident". First Post. Retrieved 2 May 2015.
  15. ^ Patel, Anand Kumar (4 May 2015). "Punjab Teen Molestation Case: Family Cremates Body As Chief Minister Steps In". NDTV. Retrieved 4 May 2015.
  16. ^ "Ease of doing business: Here's all you need to know about the top 10 states". Dna India. 16 September 2015.
  17. ^ "Investors Summit: Punjab signs Rs 65,000 crore pacts". Economic Times. 10 December 2013.
  18. ^ "Progressive Punjab Investors' Summit garners Rs 1.13 lakh-crore proposals". Economic Times. 29 October 2015.
  19. ^ "Punjab deputy CM Sukhbir Badal inks trade pact in Dubai". Hindustan Times. 17 September 2016.
  20. ^ "Punjab: With Sukhbir Badal by his side, Nitin Gadkari announces big ticket road plans". The Indian 15 September 2016.
  21. ^ Badal kids miss mom but happy
  22. ^ Ch, ITGD Bureau; igarhMay 24; May 24, 2011UPDATED:; Ist, 2011 20:51. "Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal's wife Surinder Kaur Badal dead". India Today. Retrieved 14 May 2019.
  23. ^ May 8, Neel Kamal | TNN | Updated:; 2019; Ist, 9:20. "Sukhbir & Harsimrat's son makes 1st political appearance | Punjab Lok Sabha Election News - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 14 May 2019.

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