Former Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal Died: Centre Declares Two-Day State Mourning
Written by Sanjay Kumar
Starting as the Sarpanch of Badal at the young age of 20, becoming a legislator at 30, and assuming the role of the Chief Minister at 43, Parkash Singh Badal was the only surviving member of a political generation that witnessed India’s Independence, survived the Emergency, and experienced an unexpected twist in Punjab’s politics in 2022. He was a remarkable figure in the country’s political landscape, truly deserving the title of a hero.
Following the demise of former Punjab Chief Minister and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) chief Parkash Singh Badal, the central government has declared a two-day state mourning on April 26 and April 27. This period will serve as an opportunity to pay homage to the late leader. In light of this, national flags will be lowered to half-mast on all government buildings. Additionally, no official entertainment will take place during the mourning period as a mark of respect.
Badal passed away at the age of 95 in the ICU of Fortis Hospital in Mohali. He is survived by his wife Surinder Kaur Badal, son Sukhbir Singh Badal, and daughter-in-law Harsimrat Kaur Badal. The news was confirmed by his son and current SAD President, Sukhbir Singh Badal. The veteran politician was admitted to Fortis Hospital over a week ago after experiencing difficulty breathing. His last rites will be conducted in Badal village in Bathinda.
Parkash Singh Badal
- Born: 8 December 1927, Sri Muktsar Sahib
- Died: 25 April 2023, Fortis Hospital Mohali, Lamba
- Party: Shiromani Akali Dal
- Spouse: Surinder Kaur Badal (m. 1959–2011)
- Previous offices: Chief minister of Punjab (2007–2017), MORE
- Parents: S. Raghuraj Singh, Sundri Kaur
- Grandchildren: Gurleen Kaur, Harleen Kaur, Anantbir Singh Badal
Born on 8th December 1927 in Abul Khurana, near Malout, Parkash Singh Badal hailed from a Jat Sikh family. He obtained his degree from the Forman Christian College in Lahore.
Parkash Singh Badal served as the Chief Minister of Punjab five times. He was the chief minister from 1970-1971, from 1977-1980, from 1997-2002, and from 2007-2017 (two consecutive terms). He was also the Leader of the Opposition in the Punjab Legislative Assembly for three terms – from 1972 to 1977, 1980 to 1983, and 2002 to 2007. Furthermore, he held the position of the Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare in the Morarji Desai ministry from 1977 to 1977, being the 11th person to do so.
Parkash Singh Badal was associated with the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), a regional political party with a focus on Sikh issues, as its patron. He served as the president of the party from 1995 to 2008, after which his son Sukhbir Singh Badal took over. As the patron of SAD, Badal wielded considerable influence over the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee and Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee.
For his contributions to society, the Government of India conferred upon him the prestigious Padma Vibhushan award, the second-highest civilian award, in 2015.
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