A stalwart figure in Indian Politics, Captain Amarinder Singh comes from the royal family of Patiala and has served in Indian Army as a commissioned officer.
He has served as the 26th chief minister (Mar 2017 to Sep 2021) of Punjab. Prior to this, he served as chief minister of Punjab from 2002-2007. He is an elected Member of the Legislative Assembly from Patiala. He won a seat in Lok Sabha for the first time in 1980. Besides politics, Singh worked for the Indian Army from 1963 to 1966. Singh was born to Maharaja Yadavindra Singh and Maharani Mohinder Kaur of Patiala who belonged to the Phulkian dynasty of Sidhu Brar descent. He did his schooling from the Welham Boys’ School and Lawrence School Sanawar, The Doon School, Dehradun. His wife, Preneet Kaur, was an MP and Minister of State in the Ministry of External Affairs from 2009 to 2014. They have one son and one daughter. Prior to joining politics, he was in the Indian Army. In 1963 he joined the Army after graduating from the National Defence Academy and Indian Military Academy before resigning in early 1965. As hostilities broke out with Pakistan he again rejoined the Indian Army and served as Captain in the 1965 Indo-Pakistan War. He served in the Sikh Regiment.
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