Parkash Singh Badal

  • Iraq crisis: Families of abducted Indians meet Punjab CM, MEA says all safe July 11, 2014

    The families of 39 Indians who are in still in ISIS captivity on Friday met Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal in Chandigarh. Frustrated over the lack of information from both the Punjab government and the Centre, the families said that they last heard from their relatives in Iraq who...
  • Punjab: Familes of 39 Indians protest to bring back relatives from Iraq July 11, 2014

    Chandigarh: Tense families of the 39 youth from Punjab who are in ISIS captivity in Iraq are more are holding a protest in Chandigarh. The relatives of the stranded Indians met Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Friday. They have claimed that the government is not doing enough to bring...
  • Punjab: CM Badal describes Railway budget as 'growth oriented' July 8, 2014

    Chandigarh: Hailing the Railway Budget, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Tuesday described it as "growth oriented" and "passenger friendly", saying its proposals will propel all round development and prosperity in the country. The Prime Minister Narendra Modi's brainchild to introduce bullet trains in the country would put India on...
  • One of the 40 Indians abducted in Iraq by ISIS escapes: reports June 20, 2014

    New Delhi: In what may be a major breakthrough in knowing the fate of the 40 kidnapped Indians in Iraq, latest reports suggest that one out of the 40 Indians has escaped from the custody of the ISIS terrorists. Reports also say that the escaped construction worker has made contact...
  • Trust us, we are trying our best to bring Indians back from Iraq: Sushma June 19, 2014

    New Delhi: Assuring all help to the families of the Indians stranded in the war-torn Iraq, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj appealed to the relatives to trust the government. "We are doing our best to safely bring back all the Indians stranded in Iraq. We request the people to pray...
  • Iraq crisis: Punjab won't pay ransom, can't directly intervene, says CM June 19, 2014

    New Delhi: With people from Punjab being stranded in Iraq, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and said best efforts are being made to rescue those trapped in the strife-torn country. "I have discussed the matter with Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj. She has...
  • Punjab CM 'ready to pay ransom' to bring back abducted Indians from Iraq June 19, 2014

    New Delhi: With the fate of the abducted Indians in Iraq still unknown, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has said that his government is even ready to pay a 'ransom' to bring the Indians back home. This came after the Ministry of External Affairs confirmed that 40 Indians have...
  • Indians trapped in Iraq without their passports, families cry for help June 18, 2014

    New Delhi: As the crisis escalates in Iraq, hundreds of families in India are praying for the safety of their loved ones. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Wednesday confirmed that 40 Indian workers working with Tariq Noor al Juda construction company in Iraq have been abducted. However, MEA...
  • Congress demands President's rule in Punjab May 14, 2014

    Amritsar: Congress on Wednesday demanded President's rule in Punjab, saying there is a "lawlessness" in the state. "There is no law and order prevailing in Punjab...need of the hour is to impose the President rule. Punjab police are supporting the criminals to beat up the innocent people," state PCC president...
  • Congress on weak ground in Punjab, says Parkash Singh Badal April 8, 2014

    Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Tuesday said Congress knew it was going to lose all 13 seats in Punjab which is why the party has pushed its senior leaders to fight the parliamentary polls. "That by itself is an admission that the people of the state did not favour...
  • Punjab government makes big promises even as old remain unfulfilled April 6, 2014

    The Shiromani Akali Dal and the BJP-led government in Punjab has been making big poll promises in the run up to the elections. Deputy Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has vowed to turn the state into a beacon of prosperity. However, the ground reality is that coffers in the state...
  • Prakash Singh Badal responsible for Operation Bluestar, alleges Amarinder Singh April 4, 2014

    Congress candidate from Amritsar Amarinder Singh on Friday held Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal allegedly accountable for Operation Bluestar. At a press conference, he said, "It was Parkash Singh Badal who during the troubled period had instigated the innocent youth to disturb the peaceful situation of Punjab and later he...
  • BJP, Jaitley downplay Badal's comment on Deputy PM March 22, 2014

    Amritsar: BJP and Arun Jaitley have downplayed ally Shiromani Akali Dal's call for Jaitley as a potential Deputy Prime Minister under Narendra Modi. Speaking at a public rally in Attari Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said that Jaitley was a front-runner for the post of Deputy Prime Minister or...
  • Rahul Gandhi a 'raw gentleman', cannot run government: Parkash Singh Badal March 20, 2014

    Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has hit out at Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, calling him inexperienced and incapable of running a vast nation like India. ...
  • Third Front is mixture of political parties, says Parkash Singh Badal February 26, 2014

    Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Wednesday dubbed the formation of third front as "mixture of political parties", saying the front was not capable of preventing Narendra Modi from becoming Prime Minister. Badal, while talking to media-persons on the sidelines of a function in Punjab, also dared the third front...
  • LS polls: Punjab woos farmers, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh follow it February 22, 2014

    Chandigarh: Ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, leaders across the political divide are looking to woo the farmers. Speaking at the Progressive Punjab Agriculture Summit, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said that there should be a separate budget along the lines of the Railway Budget for agriculture. Punjab leaders are...
  • Punjab CM demands separate budget for agriculture sector February 17, 2014

    Mohali: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Sunday appealed to the Centre to present a separate budget for agriculture on the lines of railways, saying 55 per cent of the country's population is dependent on agriculture. Batting for the peasantry, the Chief Minister also asked the Centre to immediately...
  • Strongly opposed Operation Bluestar: Captian Amarinder February 17, 2014

    New Delhi: Congress leader Captain Amarinder Singh on Sunday said that he had strongly opposed Operation Bluestar unlike Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal. Amarinder claimed that Badal had asked the then Union government to go for military action at the Golden temple. "I had strongly opposed the Operation Bluestar... unlike Chief...
  • Parkash Singh Badal's prison years now being questioned February 14, 2014

    Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has always claimed that he has been the longest serving political prisoner in the country. That is being questioned now by Badal's political bete noire and Congress leader Amarinder Singh. Badal's claim has been that after South Africa's anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela, who remained...
  • Terrorism is Congress's gift to Punjab: Parkash Singh Badal November 14, 2013

    Shahkot: Referring to a book by a former DGP, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Wednesday claimed the Congress was responsible for fuelling terrorism in the state. Speaking to reporters after inaugurating a sub-divisional administrative complex here, Badal said, "We have been saying from the beginning and will tell...
  • Provide foolproof security to Narendra Modi, says Parkash Singh Badal November 8, 2013

    Jalandhar: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Friday asked the Centre to ensure foolproof security to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in view of the high threat perception to him. "Modi is the Prime Ministerial candidate of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and it is the bounden duty of the...
  • Punjab CM miffed at not being invited for event that Rahul will attend October 10, 2013

    New Delhi: Ahead of Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi's visit to Punjab on Thursday, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh lodging a strong protest at not being invited to the event that Rahul is slated to attend. Rahul Gandhi will attend a function in Punjab's...
  • No hope of any positive outcome of Manmohan-Sharif talks: Badal September 30, 2013

    Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Monday said there was hardly any hope of a positive outcome from the talks Prime Minister Manmohan Singh held with Pakistani Premier Nawaz Sharif in New York on Sunday. Badal, while talking to media in Fatehgarh Churian in Punjab's Gurdaspur district, said there were...
  • Navjot Sidhu calls off fast-unto-death after Rajnath, Badal intervene September 28, 2013

    Amritsar MP Navjot Singh Sidhu on Saturday called off his scheduled fast-unto-death at the last minute after BJP president Rajnath Singh and Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal intervened regarding the issues of Amritsar raised by him. Sidhu, the BJP MP from Amritsar since 2004, on Friday announced that he will...
  • Navjot Singh Sidhu to begin fast-unto-death from today over lack of funds for his constituency September 28, 2013

    BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu on Friday said he would go on a fast-unto-death from Saturday to protest against the stalling of disbursement of development funds for his Amritsar constituency. In a press statement, Sidhu said, "I know what are my duties towards the development of Amritsar being an elected Member...
  • Punjab CM inaugurates world-class hockey stadium September 27, 2013

    Mohali: Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Friday pledged to develop Punjab as a front runner state in the field of sports and revive hockey also. Addressing a gathering after inaugurating world class international standard hockey stadium opposite PCA in Sector 63 here, the Chief Minister said that his government...
  • Punjab will get more funds if Narendra Modi becomes PM, says Badal September 21, 2013

    Dhuri: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Saturday said that the state would get more funds and centrally-sponsored projects for its overall development if BJP's Narendra Modi became Prime Minister after the upcoming General Elections. The entire BJP leadership and Gujarat Chief Minister Modi especially, had a "pro-Punjab stance which...
  • Punjab will get more funds if Modi becomes PM, says Badal September 21, 2013

    Dhuri: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal Saturday said that the state would get more funds and centrally-sponsored projects for its overall development if BJP's Narendra Modi became Prime Minister after the upcoming General Elections. The entire BJP leadership and Gujarat Chief Minister Modi especially, had a "pro-Punjab stance which would...
  • Stop day-dreaming on a NDA govt at the Centre: Congess to Badals September 19, 2013

    Ludhiana: Congress on Thursday said the Shiromani Akali Dal leadership should do a reality check on their "poor performance" in the state instead of "day-dreaming" about forming a NDA government at the Centre. Blaming Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal for "pathetic condition" of the...
  • Punjab CM Badal to be awarded with Policy Leadership Award September 18, 2013

    Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal would be honoured with the 'Policy Leadership Award' in agriculture during the Agriculture Leadership Summit-2013 organised by a magazine at New Delhi Thursday. The 6th Agriculture Leadership Award Committee - 2013 headed by eminent agriculture scientist and Parliamentarian M S Swaminathan had selected Badal...