Who is Captain Amarinder Singh?
Captain Amarinder Singh (born 11 March 1942), is an Indian politician, military historian, author, former royal and former veteran who served as the 15th Chief Minister of Punjab.
An elected Member of the Legislative Assembly from Patiala, he was also the president of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, the state division of the Indian National Congress. He has also previously served as the Chief Minister of Punjab from 2002 to 2007.
He is currently the oldest chief minister by age, serving any state in India. His father was the last Maharaja of the princely state of Patiala. He has also served in the Indian Army from 1963 to 1966. In 1980, he won a seat in the Lok Sabha for the first time. As of February 2021, Singh also serves as the chairman of the Punjab Urdu Academy.
Captain Amarinder Singh resigns as Punjab CM
Captain Amarinder Singh resigned as the Chief Minister of Punjab after meeting Punjab Governor, Banwarilal Purohit this evening (September 18) and submitted his council of ministers’ resignation as well.
The decision came ahead of a meeting of the Congress Legislative Party (CLP) in Punjab on Saturday evening. As per sources, Captain Amarinder Singh spoke to Congress President Sonia Gandhi this morning and told her that he will resign instead of being humiliated.
The feud began when in July, the Congress party appointed Navjot Sidhu as its Punjab Chief even though Captain Amarinder Singh was not happy with the decision. Following this, in August, four ministers and approximately two dozen party legislators raised complaints against Amarinder Singh which pointed out a fact that they did not believe in him anymore.
As per sources, Punjab Congress MLAs recently wrote to Congress President Sonia Gandhi demanding Amarinder Singh to be replaced which made the party call for emergency meetings of MLAs.
As Amarinder Singh addressed the media after he resigned, he said, “This is the third time this has happened; MLAs were called to Delhi for the second time and then again for a third time at the Congress Legislative Party meeting. If there is an element of doubt over my ability, I feel humiliated.”
On being questioned about his future plans he said, “As a Congress chief minister, I will remain in the party, talk to my associates and decide the future course of politics.”
Captain Amarinder Singh Biography, Wiki
A stalwart figure in Indian Politics, Captain Amarinder Singh comes from the royal family of Patiala and has served in the Indian Army as a commissioned officer. He has served as the 26th chief minister (Mar 2017 to Sep 2021) of Punjab. Prior to this, he served as chief minister of Punjab from 2002-2007.
He is an elected Member of the Legislative Assembly from Patiala. He won a seat in Lok Sabha for the first time in 1980. Besides politics, Singh worked for the Indian Army from 1963 to 1966. Singh was born to Maharaja Yadavindra Singh and Maharani Mohinder Kaur of Patiala who belonged to the Phulkian dynasty of Sidhu Brar descent.
He did his schooling at the Welham Boys’ School and Lawrence School Sanawar, The Doon School, Dehradun. His wife, Preneet Kaur, was an MP and Minister of State in the Ministry of External Affairs from 2009 to 2014. They have one son and one daughter. Prior to joining politics, he was in the Indian Army.
In 1963 he joined the Army after graduating from the National Defence Academy and Indian Military Academy before resigning in early 1965. As hostilities broke out with Pakistan he again rejoined the Indian Army and served as Captain in the 1965 Indo-Pakistan War. He served in the Sikh Regiment.
|Political Party||Indian National Congress|
|Political Journey||• In 1980, joined Congress and was elected to the Lok Sabha.|
• In 1984, resigned from the Parliament to protest against Operation Blue Star.
• In 1984, joined Shiromani Akali Dal and became an MLA from Talwandi Sabo.
• In 1984, became a minister in the state government for Forest, Agriculture, Development, and Panchayats.
• In 1992, broke away from the Akali Dal and formed his own party- Shiromani Akali Dal (Panthic).
• In 1998, merged his party with Congress after being defeated in the assembly elections in which he was defeated from his own constituency (got only 856 votes).
• Served as President of Congress Committee (Punjab) on 2 occasions- from 1999 to 2002 & 2010 to 2013.
• In 2002, he became the 23rd Chief Minister of Punjab.
• On 16 March 2017, he became the 26th Chief Minister of Punjab.
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 170 cm|
in meters- 1.70 m
in Feet Inches- 5’ 7”
|Weight (approx.)||in Kilograms- 84 kg|
in Pounds- 185 lbs
|Date of Birth||11 March 1942|
|Age (as of 2020)||78 Years|
|Birthplace||Patiala, Punjab, India|
|Hometown||Patiala, Punjab, India|
|School||Welham Boys’ School, Dehradun, India|
The Lawrence School, Sanawar, Solan, Himachal Pradesh, India
The Doon School, Dehradun, India
|College||National Defence Academy, Pune, Maharashtra, India|
Indian Military Academy, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India
|Educational Qualifications||Graduated from the National Defence Academy, Pune and Indian Military Academy, Dehradun|
|Debut||In 1980, when he joined Congress and was elected to the Lok Sabha|
|Family||Father– Yadavindra Singh (Maharaja of Patiala from 1938 to 1974) Mother– Rajmata Mohinder Kaur of Patiala Brother– Malwinder Singh|
Sisters– Heminder Kaur, Rupinder Kaur
|Hobbies||Playing Polo, Reading, Travelling|
|Girls, Affairs and More|
|Affairs/Girlfriends||Aroosa Alam (Pakistani journalist)|
|Wife||Preneet Kaur, Politician (married 1964)|
Amarinder Singh with his wife
|Children||Son– Raninder Singh Daughter– Jai Inder Kaur|
|Net Worth (approx.)||82.5 crores INR|
Amarinder Singh Political Career
Amarinder Singh was inducted into the Congress by his school friend and Gandhi scion Rajiv Gandhi. He was elected to the Lok Sabha for the first time in 1980. In 1984, he resigned from Parliament as well as the Congress to protest against the Army action during Operation Blue Star.
He joined the Shiromani Akali Dal later and was elected to the Punjab state legislature from the Talwandi Sabo assembly constituency. He became a minister in the state government for Agriculture, Forest, Development, and Panchayats.
Amarinder Singh broke away from the Shiromani Akali Dal in 1992 and formed a splinter group named Shiromani Akali Dal (Panthic).
This party merged with Congress in 1998 after its crushing defeat in the subsequent Vidhan Sabha election.
Captain Amarinder himself was defeated by Prof. Prem Singh Chandumajra from Patiala by a formidable margin of votes. Amarinder served as the President of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee between 1999 and 2002 as well as 2010 and 2013. He was the Chief Minister of Punjab from 2002 to 2007.
Amarinder was expelled by a special committee of Punjab Vidhan Sabha in September 2008 on account of land- transaction irregularities. In 2010, the Supreme Court of India held his expulsion unconstitutional. He was appointed as chairman of the Punjab Congress Campaign Committee and has been a Permanent Invitee to the Congress Working Committee since 2013.
He defeated senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley from Amritsar by a huge margin in the 2014 general elections. He has been a member of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha for five terms thrice representing Patiala (Urban) and Samana and Talwandi Sabo once each. On 27 November 2015, Amarinder Singh was appointed as President of Punjab Congress in the run-up to Punjab elections slated for 2017.