Sukhbir Singh Badal
Sukhbir Singh Badal (Dhillon) (born 9 July 1962) is an Indian politician who has been the Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab since 2009. He is also the president of Shiromani Akali Dal. He is the son of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal. He is married to Harsimrat Kaur Badal, who is also a politician and presently Member of Parliament of India from Bathinda Lok Sabha constituency and the union food processing minister under Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The couple has two daughters and a son.
Sukhbir Singh Badal was a member of the 11th and 12th Lok Sabha, representing Faridkot constituency. He was Union Minister of State for Industry during 1998 to 1999 (the Governemnt led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee). He was also a member of Rajya Sabha during 2001 to 2004.
In 2004, he was re-elected from Faridkot for 14th Lok Sabha.He became the President of Akali Dal in January 2008. A year later in January 2009, he was made the Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab. 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 did not contest any elections. He was again appointed Deputy Chief Minister in August 2009 after winning by-elections from Jalalabad constituency.
2012 Punjab elections
Akali Dal-BJP combined secured victory in the 2012 Punjab elections, beating anti-incumbency for the first time in Punjab. Sukhbir was re-elected from Jalalabad and remained Deputy Chief Minister. 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. 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 Sikh politics.
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