Sukhbir Singh Badal

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Sukhbir Singh Badal
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
Assumed office
23 May 2019
Preceded bySher Singh Ghubaya
In office
Preceded byJagmeet Singh Brar
Succeeded byParamjit Kaur Gulshan
In office
Preceded byJagmeet Singh Brar
Succeeded byJagmeet Singh Brar
Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab
In office
10 August 2009 – 11 March 2017
Succeeded by
In office
21 January 2009 – 1 July 2009
Preceded byRajinder Kaur Bhattal
Union Minister of State for Industry
In office
19 March 1998 – 12 October 1999
Preceded byMurasoli Maran
Succeeded byMurasoli Maran
Member of Punjab Legislative Assembly
In office
August 2009 – May 2019
Preceded bySher Singh Ghubaya
Succeeded byRaminder Singh Awla
Personal details
Sukhbir Singh Dhillon

(1962-07-09) 9 July 1962 (age 61)
Faridkot, Punjab, India
Political partyShiromani Akali Dal
SpouseHarsimrat Kaur Badal
RelativesGurdas Singh Badal (uncle)
Manpreet Singh Badal (first cousin)
As of 22 September, 2006
Source: [1]

Sukhbir Singh Badal (born 9 July 1962) is an Indian politician and the president of Shiromani Akali Dal, and is a member of Parliament from the Firozpur.[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. Badal and his family have ownership stakes in an array of businesses.

Early life and education[edit]

Sukhbir Badal was born on 9 July 1962 in Dhillon jatt family at 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 was sworn in 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 contest 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

Badal defeated Bhagwant Mann of Aam Aadmi Party (MP Sangrur) and Ravneet Singh Bittu (MP Ludhiana) from INC in 2017 Assembly Elections. SAD and BJP alliance lost the majority to Congress. In 2019, he was elected as Member Parliament of Ferozpur Lok Sabha Constituency by defeating Sher Singh Ghubaya of INC by securing more than 600,000 votes on 23 May 2019.

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 stake.[14]

Subsequently, it was revealed by news reports that the Chief Minister of Punjab gave the girl's father 3 million in compensation.[15]

2022 Punjab Assembly election[edit]

Badal was the president of Akali Dal during the 2022 Punjab Legislative Assembly election. Badal contested from the Jalalabad Assembly constituency and lost the election to Jagdeep Kamboj Goldy of Aam Aadmi Party.[16] Badal lost by a margin of 30,374 Votes.[17] SAD BSP alliance contested in all 117 seats, and won 3 seats. SAD finished on third spot behind AAP and INC.[18]

Business career and allegations[edit]

Badal and his family have direct or indirect interests in any array of businesses.[19] He has been accused of running the state like a "private limited company".[20] Badal holds a majority stake in the Punjabi language PTC television network.[21][22] Badal and his family are also major stakeholders in Orbit Aviation, Dabwali Transport, Indo-Canadian Transport Company, Metro Eco Green Resorts, Saanjh Foundation, Falcon Properties, and Orbit Resorts.[23][24] He has been accused of enriching private transport companies, which he has a stake in, while the state transport department has deteriorated.[25] The Oberoi Sukhvilas Spa Resort in New Chandigarh is owned by and named after Sukhbir Badal.[26]


Opinion polls and exit polls[edit]

In March 2022, Badal said that the opinion polls and exit polls should be banned in India. He claimed that the political parties get the opinion polls done after paying money. He was speaking after most of the Exit poll agencies predicted unanimously that the Aam Aadmi Party will win with a large majority in the 2022 Punjab Legislative Assembly election.[27]

Personal life[edit]

He married 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 was the union food processing minister under Prime Minister Narendra Modi until 17 May 2020.[28] His mother Surinder Kaur died on 24 May 2011 from throat and pancreatic cancer at PGIMER, Chandigarh.[29] His son Anantbir Singh Badal made his first political appearance in 2019 before Indian general election.[30]

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. ^ "Moga molestation: Punjab education minister stirs up controversy, says victim death 'god's will'". DNA India. 2 May 2015. 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. ^ "Punjab election 2022 result constituency-wise: Check full list of winners". Hindustan Times. 10 March 2022. Retrieved 10 March 2022.
  17. ^ "Riding on AAP wave, Kamboj breaches Sukhbir's bastion, defeats SAD chief by 30,374 votes". Hindustan Times. 10 March 2022. Retrieved 12 March 2022.
  18. ^ "Punjab election 2022, Punjab election results 2022, Punjab election winners list, Punjab election 2022 full list of winners, Punjab election winning candidates, Punjab election 2022 winners, Punjab election 2022 winning candidates constituency wise". Financialexpress. Retrieved 10 March 2022.
  19. ^ "Parkash Singh Badal's business ventures: Top 5 facts to know about Punjab chief minister". Financialexpress. Retrieved 1 April 2022.
  20. ^ Rajshekhar, M. "Every business in Punjab leads back to an Akali Dal leader (well almost)". Retrieved 1 April 2022.
  21. ^ "Honcho of Badal-owned PTC 'steers' Punjab PR dept's meet with NRI media". Hindustan Times. 3 February 2016. Retrieved 1 April 2022.
  22. ^ "Not on TRP radar, yet govt ad windfall for Badal family channel". Firstpost. 20 January 2012. Retrieved 1 April 2022.
  23. ^ Bedi, Hardeep Singh (27 May 2019). "The Rise of Badals and fall of Shiromani Akali Dal". Oneindia. Retrieved 1 April 2022.
  24. ^ Malik, Aman (13 May 2014). "The business interests of Harsimrat Kaur Badal". mint. Retrieved 1 April 2022.
  25. ^ "How the Badal Family's Roadways Business is Taking Punjab for a Ride". The Wire. Retrieved 1 April 2022.
  26. ^ "Chandigarh makes NYT '52 Places to Go' list, with a little help from Sukhbir Badal". ThePrint. 18 January 2018. Retrieved 1 April 2022.
  27. ^ "Punjab elections 2022: Exit polls should be banned, says SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal". Free Press Journal. 9 March 2022. Retrieved 9 March 2022.
  28. ^ Badal kids miss mom but happy
  29. ^ "Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal's wife Surinder Kaur Badal dead". India Today. 24 May 2011. Retrieved 14 May 2019.
  30. ^ Kamal, Neel (8 May 2019). "Sukhbir & Harsimrat's son makes 1st political appearance". The Times of India. Retrieved 14 May 2019.

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