Amarinder Singh

Captain Amarinder Singh is the current chief minister of Punjab. A prominent and popular leader of the Congress, he took over the role on March 16, 2017. Singh is the son of the last king of the erstwhile state of Patiala. Having completed his schooling from Doon school, Singh completed his military training from the National Defense Academy and the Indian Military Academy. He joined the Indian Army in 1963 and was part of the Indo-Pakistan war of 1965, as part of the Sikh regiment. Singh entered politics in 1980 under Rajiv Gandhi who was his friend from school. He later left Congress as a mark of protest against Operation Blue Star in the Golden Temple. He joined the Shiromani Akali Dal, and later broke away from it to form a splinter party, Shiromani Akali Dal (Panthic) that went on to merge with the Congress in 1997. Singh served as Punjab Congress chief from 1999 to 2002. In 2002 he became the state's chief minister and remained in power till 2007. In 2014, Singh had won the Lok Sabha elections but had later resigned when the Supreme Court ruled the Sutlej Yamuna Link (SYL) canal agreement as unconstitutional. Singh was appointed president of Punjab Congress on November 27, 2015, in the run up to the 2017 Assembly elections. Apart from a strong political contender, he is also well known for his literary bend. He has penned several books on war and Sikh history, including his memoir of the 1965 Indo-Pak war.
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Amarinder Singh asks Centre for one-time settlement of Rs 6000 crore in farm loans from banks

Amarinder also discussed with the finance minister the issue of settlement of Rs 31,000 crore CCL related debt to ease the state’s financial burden. He requested Jaitley to set up a committee on the issue, which he had earlier also taken up with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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Punjab CM Amarinder Singh demands GST exemption on ‘langar’, ‘prasad’

CM Amarinder Singh has demanded GST exemption. He said, “The levy of GST on goods purchased by these institutions was not fair as they did not have any source of income and were being run and managed through donations.”

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Amarinder Singh meets PM, seeks push for state’s industry

Amarinder who met Modi in Delhi on Tuesday sought his intervention in settling Rs 31000 crore debt, resulting from the CCL legacy gap of Rs 12,500 crore and the high interest imposed on it by the Centre, said a statement issued by the government.

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Congress divided over CM Amarinder Singh’s ‘soft’ approach against SAD

Amarinder’s accusation, during a gurdwara function at Delhi, drew a sharp response from the Akali patriarch but was greeted with relief among Congressmen who have been uneasy about his perceived chumminess with the Badals.

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Punjab CM wants to divert attention from govt’s failures: Parkash Singh Badal

Amarinder had on Saturday alleged that it was Badal, who was behind the “unwarranted” police firing during an anti-sacrilege protest in Faridkot in 2015, which resulted in the killing of two persons.

Punjab farmers plan Jalandhar meet against ‘lollipop’ of a debt waiver

The unions questioned Captain Amarinder Singh about the forms filled during his campaigning promising that every type of loan will be waived off without any condition on income or land-holding size of the farmers.

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Surrender or face music: Amarinder Singh to criminals

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh reiterated steps taken to eliminate a “VIP culture” in the state and allayed apprehensions of the introduction of VIP numbers for officers, saying that only ‘G’ would be added to government vehicle number plates.

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Punjab CM Amarinder Singh comes to rescue of Gurdaspur youth stuck in Sharjah

The amount has been released against pending wages of Vikram Singh, who has refused to leave the ship along with five other Indian nationals on account of non-payment of their salaries for several months.

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In U-turn, Amarinder Singh sends warm wishes to Canada on its 150th national day, hails Punjabi contribution

Two months ago, the Punjab CM had refused to meet the visiting Canadian defence minister

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No favouritism in appointment of law officers: Captain Amarinder Singh

The media reports claimed that kin of some politicians and at least six former judges are among the 121 names announced by the Punjab government on Friday for appointment as law officers.

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Canada Day 2017: Punjab CM Amarinder Singh greets people, hails NRI community

In a message to the people of Canada, he said the enactment of Canada’s Constitution Act on July 1, 1867, laid the foundation for the emergence of “one of the brightest stars on the global landscape. Amarinder Singh also extended special greetings to the large Indian community in Canada

Punjab CM Amarinder Singh meets farmers’ outfits, explains loan waiver

Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh assured the farmers’ organisations that his government would engage with them in a continuous dialogue.

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Farmers whose loans are waived are exempted from repaying debt: Punjab CM

He added that his government was committed to waiving the loans of the farmers, even though the state’s debt burden had turned out to be “much higher than anticipated”.

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House clears Bill to end ‘kurki’ 

The Bill, tabled by Health and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Brahm Mohindra, was among the 12 bills passed by the Assembly in the absence of the Opposition, which had staged a walkout.

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Punjab Assembly: Speaker must go, says Sukhbir; AAP, SAD walk out

As the question hour began, SAD president Sukhbir Badal and AAP legislature party chief H S Phoolka demanded an apology from the Speaker and Chief Minister Amarinder Singh for “denigration” of Sikh values in the Assembly which they said had hurt the sentiments of Sikhs.