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Akali Dal

topics Updated: Jul 19, 2016 18:29 IST

The Shiromani Akali Dal is a regional political party based in Punjab that largely draws it support from the state’s Sikhs. The party is currently led by Sukhbir Singh Badal, who is also the deputy chief minister of Punjab. Formed in 1920, the Akali Dal rose to prominence under the leadership of Master Tara Singh, who spearheaded the campaign for creating a Sikh-majority state in the 1960s.