The Hush Post: Former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal turns 90 tomorrow. With enough time to spend with the village folks now being out of power, he has invited all villagers for lunch and Sukhmani Sahib path at a stadium in the village. Earlier he used to hold cake-cutting ceremonies at different places in Gidderbaha, Badal and Lambi.
He also visits some educational institutes and old-age home set up by his family on his birthday. The locals are quite happy that they have been invited for Badal’s special day through special invitation cards. Last year he had not celebrated his birthday due to the sacrilege incidents.
Well-known for his witty one-liners and memory of people and events, Badal has dominated Punjab’s political and Sikh religious affairs in nearly 70 years of public life. Born on 8 December, 1927, at Abul Khurana village near Malout in Punjab, Badal has been chief minister five times — 1970-71, 1977-1980, 1997-2002, 2007-2012 and 2012-2017. He was briefly a union minister in 1977 in the Morarji Desai government. His political career started by getting elected as a sarpanch in 1947, the year the country won its Independence. He was first elected to the Punjab assembly in 1957 on a Congress party ticket.