Parkash Singh Badal: News

Parkash Singh Badal is the senior-most leader of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and a five-time Chief Minister of Punjab. He started from the lower rungs of power to reach the very apex in Punjab politics. Rising from Panchayat and Block levels, he entered the Punjab legislature in 1957 and, in 1970, became the Chief Minister of Punjab for the first time. He was put in detention during the Emergency period (1975-77) and briefly served as the Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation in the Morarji Desai government. Badal was elected CM of Punjab for the second time in 1977, serving till 1980. From 1997 to 2002, he served his third term. Badal’s party, SAD, in alliance with the BJP, returned to power in 2007 and 2012, defying the usual anti-incumbency trend in Punjab. Badal served as the CM both times, thus holding the office five times in his life. Interestingly, in 1970, he was the youngest to hold the office of CM, while in 2012, he was the oldest. Badal served as the President of SAD from 1996 to 2008, when his son, Sukhbir Singh Badal, succeeded him.

06 Dec 2020


Will return sports award if farm laws stay: Vijender Singh

Boxer Vijender Singh (35) on Sunday said that he will return his 'Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna' award if the government does not withdraw the three contentious farm laws.

03 Dec 2020

West Bengal

Government admits farm laws' drawbacks, say protesting farmers after meeting

Representatives from farmers groups protesting against the Centre's new farm laws on Thursday held talks with the government to address their concerns.

03 Dec 2020


"Betrayal of farmers" prompts Parkash Badal to return Padma Vibhushan

92-year-old Parkash Singh Badal, the patriarch of Shiromani Akali Dal, returned his Padma Vibhushan award on Thursday, to protest against the three farm laws which have sparked a massive agitation against the Centre.

19 Sep 2020

Narendra Modi

Flagged concerns, says ex-Minister Harsimrat Badal; SAD is rethinking alliance

Harsimrat Kaur Badal, who resigned from the Union Cabinet on Thursday over a disagreement with the Centre on three farm Bills, said on Friday that her party — the Shiromani Akali Dal — repeatedly flagged concerns in the Cabinet, but to no avail.

17 Sep 2020

Narendra Modi

Will Harsimrat Badal leave Modi's Cabinet over farm Bills?

Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), which is at loggerheads with ally BJP over three farm Bills, is pondering over another key matter, pertaining to the resignation of Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal.

27 Oct 2019


Haryana: Khattar takes oath as CM, Dushyant becomes his deputy

On Sunday, Bharatiya Janata Party leader Manohar Lal Khattar took oath as Haryana's Chief Minister for a second straight time, along with JJP's Dushyant Singh Chautala, who was sworn-in as his deputy.

09 Jun 2019


Punjab: After refusing new ministry, Sidhu kept out of advisory-panels

Amid rift with Punjab CM Amarinder Singh, Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu has been kept out of eight consultative groups of the state government formed to expedite implementation of schemes.

22 May 2019

Narendra Modi

Before counting, Shah hosts dinner, PM Modi thanks NDA allies

As the nation braces itself for Lok Sabha elections' counting on Thursday, May 23, BJP moved to display its strength.

25 Apr 2019

Narendra Modi

PM Modi heads to Varanasi, will file nomination on Friday

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will file his nomination from Varanasi Lok Sabha seat on Friday, April 26, but before that BJP has planned a mega show of strength.

30 Mar 2019

Uddhav Thackeray

At Amit Shah's nomination from Gandhinagar, NDA shows strength

BJP President Amit Shah filed his nomination from Gandhinagar in Gujarat on Saturday after NDA showed its strength in a massive rally.

21 Nov 2018


Sacrilege cases: Actor Akshay Kumar appears before Punjab Police SIT

Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar today appeared before the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Punjab Police, which is probing the 2015 police firing incidents at Behbal Kalan and Kotkapura in the state, following cases of sacrilege in Faridkot.

19 Oct 2018


UP: Suspected pro-Khalistan group militant arrested in Shamli

A suspected pro-Khalistan group member, who was involved in a plot allegedly to kill former Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal, was arrested in UP's Shamli district.

15 Sep 2018


Punjab HC allows SAD to hold 'Pol Khol' rally tomorrow

The Punjab and Haryana High Court today granted permission to the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) to hold a rally at Faridkot tomorrow.

07 Jun 2018

Lok Sabha

Punjab: Seat-swapping on agenda of Amit Shah and Badals meet

Bharatiya Janata Party's President Amit Shah is set to meet Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD)'s patriarch Parkash Singh Badal and chief Sukhbir Singh Badal on Thursday.

06 Jun 2018


Hours before Shah-Thackeray meeting, Sena pokes fun at BJP chief

Shiv Sena has shown its displeasure with ally BJP several times, but today, it chose a crucial moment.

25 Apr 2018

Farooq Abdullah

Asaram: From building a Rs. 10,000cr empire to life imprisonment

The tale of Asaram, self-styled godman, reached a certain end today: he was convicted of raping a minor five years earlier.

26 Dec 2017


Special Olympics gold medallist turns laborer

Government's apathy against sportspersons is something that is not new in our country.

09 Feb 2017

Narendra Modi

EC: Capt. Amarinder can use personal lock at Lambi strong-room

On Wednesday, the Election Commission stated that it is legally okay for Captain Amarinder Singh to put a personal lock on the strong room, where electronic voting machines (EVMs) of Lambi constituency have been kept.

06 Feb 2017

Narendra Modi

Congress, AAP confident of victory in Punjab

Both the AAP as well as the Congress expressed confidence that their campaigning was sufficient to oust the SAD-BJP from the state.

05 Feb 2017

Narendra Modi

Goa: First-time women voters get pink teddy bears

Officials in Goa gave away 600 pink teddy bears to first-time women voters in the state.

04 Feb 2017

Narendra Modi

Goa witnesses its highest voter turnout at 83%

EC officials announced final voter turnout for polling in Punjab and Goa in their media brief.

04 Feb 2017

Narendra Modi

So far, Goa voter turnout - 67%, Punjab - 48%

As of 3pm, Goa has recorded an overall voter turnout of 67%. In Punjab, the overall voter turnout is 48% (as of 2:30 pm).

04 Feb 2017

Narendra Modi

Goa and Punjab go to polls to decide next CM

Goa and Punjab go to polls on February 4 as assembly elections begin in five states.

11 Jan 2017

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)

Shoe hurled at Punjab CM Badal

A shoe was hurled at Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal at a public meeting in Bhatinda; the perpetrator identified as Gurbachan Singh, hurled a shoe at the CM while he was speaking about reforms.

02 Jan 2017

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)

Now Kejriwal, Raghubar Das join shoe-victim club

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal had a shoe hurled at him while addressing a public meeting at Rohtak; however, the shoe missed the target and the thrower, a local youth, was apprehended and handed over to police.

26 Sep 2016

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)

Rahul Gandhi narrowly escapes shoe attack

While travelling in an open vehicle through the town of Sitapur in Uttar Pradesh today, Rahul Gandhi narrowly dodged a shoe.