• Parkash Singh Badal, a former Chief Minister of Punjab and leader of the Akali Dal, has passed away at the age of 95 in Mohali.
  • Badal was born in Abul Khurana, a village in Punjab near the Rajasthan border, and received his education at Lahore’s Forman Christian College.
  • He started his political career as a village sarpanch and went on to contest assembly elections for the first time in 1957 as a member of the Congress party.
  • He became the youngest Chief Minister of Punjab at the age of 43.
  • CM terms 1970-1971, 1977-1980, 1997-2002, 2007-2012, 2012-2017.
  • Badal received the Padma Vibhushan award, the second-highest civilian honour in the country from the government in 2015.
    • He had returned the same in 2020 in protest against the treatment of protesting farmers by the Central government.
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