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Punjab Famous Politicians

Manmohan Singh

Our 13th and present Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh (born on September 26th 1932) is a prominent economist and the only Prime Minister of our country after Jawarharlal Nehru to take up the power after successful completion of five-year full term and also the first Sikh person to hold this honorable chair.

Basically born in a place called Gah (presently in the Punjab province of Pakistan), his family shifted to India during its separation in the year 1947. Followed by his doctorate degree in economics from London Oxford University, Manmohan Singh served for United Nations during 1966-1969. He started his political career when Lalit Narayan Mishra recruited him as advisor in our Ministry of Foreign Trade. During 1970s and 1980s, Manmohan Singh served in various significant posts in our Indian Government, such as our Chief Economic Advisor (during 1972-76), our Reserve Bank Governor (1982 to 1985) and also as Planning Commission Head (during 1985 to 1987).

Navjot Singh Siddhu

Our former Indian team cricketer and Indian Member of Parliament, Navjot Singh Siddhu is basically from Amritsar (which comes under Lok Sabha Constituency). Siddhu is a proud alumnus of Yadavindra Public School in Patiala.

Following his retirement from Indian Cricket team, Navjot Siddhu focused on politics and television commentary. In the year 2006, he was convicted of homicide in 1988 road rage incident forcing him to give up his political career. But his sentence was suspended by Indian Supreme Court and he later won his by-election seat.

Born On: December 8, 1927
Born In: Abul Khurana, Punjab
Father's Name: Late Sardar Raghuraj Singh
Mother’s name: Sundri Kaur.
Date of Birth: 08/12/1927
Place: Village Abul Khurana(Faridkot)
Marital Status: Married
Spouse Name: Late Smt. Surinder Kaur
Qualification: B.A.
British India Career: Agriculturist, Politician

Prakash Singh Badal

Prakash Singh Badal is the Chief Minister of Punjab and is also one of the top 10 richest politicians in India.Parkash Singh Badal belongs to a Jat family of Dhillon clan. He Entered politics in 1947 and elected MLA for the Ninth time; Remained Member of Parliament; Union Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation in the Govt. headed by Late Shri Morarji Desai; Leader of Opposition in Punjab Vidhan Sabha in 1972, 1980 and 2002. He was Sarpanch of the village Badal and later Chairman of Block Samiti, Lambi before rising into Punjab politics. He was elected to Punjab Vidhan Sabha in 1957 for the first time. He was re-elected in 1969 serving as Minister for Community Development, Panchayati Raj, Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries. He has been elected in Vidhan Sabha for total 10 times, 1957 and each election from 1969 till present except 1992. In 1992 he led a boycott of state elections in February 1992, by the Akalis. He is also a former union minister in Morarji Desai government in 1977. Parkash Singh Badal held the portfolio of Agriculture and Irrigation. He has served as Punjab Chief Minister for four terms the first time in 1969 when he became the youngest Chief Minister of an Indian state.


1947: He started his career in politics
1957: He was first elected to Vidhan Sabha
1969: Badal was re-elected to Vidhan Sabha
1969-1970: Served as a Minister for Community Development, Panchayati Raj, Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries.
1970-1971: Was appointed Chief Minister of Punjab
1977-1980: Re-elected as Chief Minister of Punjab
1997-2002: He was again elected as the Chief Minister or the third term
2009: The Punjab Cabinet under the chairmanship of Badal, rejected a proposal to enhance the retirement age to 60 years from the existing 58 years.
2009: Badal expanded his cabinet by inducting Akali Dal leader Sewa Singh Sekhwan as a Cabinet Minister.
2011: He served as the Chief Minister of Punjab for a fourth term.
2012: He was selected to the chief Minister for a record fifth term.

Captain Amrinder Singh

Born: March 11, 1942
Born In :Patiala, India
Spouse: Preneet Kaur (m. 1964)
Parents: Rajmata Mohinder Kaur of Patiala
Political party: Indian National Congress
Books: The Last Sunset: The Rise & Fall of the Lahore Durbar
Education: The Doon School, The Lawrence School, Sanawar


Capt. Singh is the son of late Maharaja of Patiala His Highness Yadavindra Singh and Her Highness Maharani Mohinder Kaur , Rajmata of Patiala. He is the head of the royal house of Patiala belonging to the Phulkian dynasty. He has attended the Lawrence School Sanawar and The Doon School, Dehradun. He has been blessed with two children: Yuvraj Raninder Singh and Maharajkumari Jai Inder Kaur. Till date he is the only head from a Punjab Royal House to become the Chief Minister of Punjab.


He was commissioned in the Indian Army in June 1963. He was about to resign in 1965, but changed his decision because hostilities broke out with Pakistan and he actively took part in the actual operations in the war against Pakistan. He resigned only after India won the war in early 1966.


A soldier-turned-politician, Capt. Amarinder Singh was inducted into the Congress party by Rajiv Gandhi who was also a personal friend. Singh quit the Congress and resigned as an MP in strong protest against this ghastly Operation– in which security forces attacked the Sikhs holiest shrine, the Golden Temple in Amritsar, Punjab.

Amarinder Singh rejoined the Congress when Sonia Gandhi took over the reigns of the party. Capt Singh is also a former Punjab Minister.

Capt. Singh was elected to the Lok Sabha on an Indian National Congress ticket in 1980. In 1984, he resigned from Parliament and from Congress as a protest against the Army entry in Darbar Sahib’s complex in Operation Bluestar. He was elected to the state legislature and became a minister in the state government for Agriculture, Forest Development and Panchayats during which Dr. Manohar Singh Gill, Union MoS for Sports and Youth Affairs served him as Principal Secretary for Agriculture.

Capt.Singh broke away from the Akali Dal and formed a splinter group named Shiromani Akali Dal (Panthic) which later merged with the Congress. He served as the President of State Congress unit from 1999 to 2002 and later as Chief Minister of Punjab from 2002 to 2007 and the Chairman of Punjab Pradesh Congress Campaign Committee for Lok Sabha election.

His wife Preneet Kaur was elected to Parliament consecutively for three terms from 1999 to 2014 and was the Union Minister Of State for External Affairs of India in UPA II.

Montek Singh Ahluwalia

Born: November 24, 1943 (age 71), New Delhi, India
Spouse: Isher Judge Ahluwalia
Children: Aman Ahluwalia, Pawan Ahluwalia
Education: St. Stephen's College, Delhi, University of Delhi
B.A. (Hons.) Economics, Delhi
M.A., Oxford University
M.Phil., Oxford University

Present Position:Since 04.07.04 Deputy Chairman,
Planning Commission, Government of India

He joined the World Bank in 1968 as a Young Professional and then held various positions including Chief
of the Income Distribution Division. He left the World Bank in 1979 to join the Government of India in
1979 as Economic Adviser in the Ministry of Finance, after which he held a series of positions including
Special Secretary to the Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, Commerce Secretary, Secretary in the Department
of Economic Affairs, Finance Secretary in the Ministry of Finance, Member of the Planning Commission
and Member of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister.


Born: November 13, 1942 (age 72), Lahore, Pakistan
Spouse: Uday Soni (m. 1961)
Party: Indian National Congress
Residence: New Delhi, India
Children: Anup Soni

Ambika Soni was born in Lahore (Pakistan) on 13 November 1942. Her father, Shri Nakul Sen, was an ICS Officer. After completing her schooling from the Welham Girls School in Dehradun, she went on to pursue a Master's Degree from Delhi University. She further pursued courses in Advanced French from Alliance Francaise in Bangkok and a PG Diploma in Spanish Art and Literature from the Havana University, Cuba. She married Uday Soni, an Indian Foreign Service officer in 1961.

Political Journey of Ambika Soni

Ambika Soni's career started as a volunteer in the Congress party in 1969, introduced by the Congress leader Indira Gandhi.
Between 1969 and 1972, she held several posts within the party and was also the co-incharge of Congress Foreign Affairs Department.
At the end of 1972, she was appointed as the General Secretary of Indian Youth Congress (IYC).
After a stint of three years, she went on to become the President of IYC in November 1975. This was a crucial phase in her political journey as she came in close contact with Sanjay Gandhi and worked under his leadership.
Ambika secured a seat for himself in the Rajya Sabha in March 1976 for the first time, and she still remains a member of the Upper House.
In 1996, she became the president of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee.
Ambika rose to national prominence in 1998, with her appointment as the President of the All India Mahila Congress.

Name Shri Manish Tewari
Constituency from which I am elected Ludhiana
Father's Name Late Dr. (Shri) Vishwanath Tewari, Ex. M.P
Mother's Name Dr. (Mrs.) Amrit Kaur
Date of Birth 08 Dec 1965
Birth Place Chandigarh
Maritial Status Married
Date of Marriage 12 Mar 1996
Spouse Name Mrs. Naaznin B. Shafa
No. of Children No.of Sons:0 No.of Daughters:1
State Name Punjab
Party Name Indian National Congress
Permanent Address 228 - A, Sarabha Nagar, Pakhowal Road, Ludhiana - 141 003PunjabTels. (0161) 2450009 Fax: (0161) 2451009
Present Address C - I/3, Lodhi Garden,New Delhi - 110 003Tels. (011) 24644627, 24644628 Fax.(011) 24658384
Email id 1[dot] manishtewari[at]hotmail[dot]com [dot]2[dot]manish[dot]tewari[at]sansad[dot]nic[dot]in
Educational Qualifications B.A. (Hons.) Economics, LL.B. Educated at Punjab University, Chandigarh and University of Delhi, Delhi

Positions Held
1981-82 College Unit President, National Students` Union of India (NSUI), DAV College, Chandigarh
1982-83 General Secretary, NSUI, Chandigarh
1983-84 Vice President and Officiating President, DAV College, Chandigarh General Secretary, NSUI, Punjab
Oct. 1984 Joint Secretary, National Committee, NSUI
May 1985 General Secretary, National Committee, NSUI
1988-93 National President, NSUI
1991 Member, All India Congress Committee (AICC)
1992-93 President, International Union of Students
1997-98 Secretary, All India Congress Committee (AICC)
1998-2000 National President, Indian Youth Congress (IYC)
Jul. 2004 Secretary, All India Congress Committee (AICC)
Feb. 2008 National Spokesperson, All India Congress Committee
May 2009 Elected to 15th Lok Sabha
6 Aug. 2009 Member, Committee on Estimates
31 Aug. 2009 Member, Standing -Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice
Sep. 2009 Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Defence
Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Law and Justice
Nov. 2009 Member, Committee on Regional Direct Taxes Advisory, Ministry of Finance
28 Oct. 2012 Union Minister of State (Independent Charge), Information and Broadcasting

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