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Amarinder Singh

The chief minister of Punjab for two years now, Captain Amarinder Singh has been known for his quick rise through political ranks, his loud rows with opposition members and SGPC office-bearers, and his sharp differences with senior state-level leaders within his own party.

india Updated: Apr 08, 2004 17:40 IST

The chief minister of Punjab for two years now, Captain Amarinder Singh has been known for his quick rise through political ranks, his loud rows with opposition members and SGPC office-bearers, and his sharp differences with senior state-level leaders within his own party.

He was born in 1942 into the royal family of Patiala. After training at the National Defence Academy, he served in the Army for nearly three years, including in the war with Pakistan in 1965.

His first foray into politics came in 1980, when he contested and won the Lok Sabha elections. He has since served in various political and non-political positions, incuding as a state minister for Agriculture, Forest Development & Panchayats; leader of the Akali Dal Legislature Party; chairman of INTACH and chairman of the Committee of World Wide Fund for Nature, India (Punjab, HP & Chandigarh).

In July 1998, he was appointed the president of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committe, a post to which he was re-elected in November, 2000. After winning the 2002 Assembly elections by a huge margin, he was elected the leader of the Congress Legislature Party and appointed the chief minister.

But his chief ministership has been marred by differences with Akali Dal leaders as well as with senior Congress leaders. A recent tussle with former chief minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal (the Agriculture minister in his Cabinet) almost threatened his government, and was resolved only after the Central Command appointed her his deputy.