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CHANDIGARH: Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal was re-elected president of the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) for another five years at a general delegate meeting of the party in Amritsar on Tuesday.
Sukhbir Badal was first elected president of the Akali Dal in 2008 when his father and chief minister Parkash Singh Badal left the party position for him.
There were no contestants and Sukhbir Badal was the unanimous choice of Akali Dal delegates from all over north India who gathered at the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbhandhak Committee headquarters at the Teja Singh Samundari Hall on Tuesday.
SAD senior vice president Ranjit Singh Brahampura proposed Sukhbir Badal’s name and party general secretary and senior leader Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa seconded it.
Amid shouts of Bole So Nihal, all delegates, including ministers, MPS and MLAs, approved second term for the 51-year-old son of the Punjab chief minister.
Sukhbir Badal, who studied at California State University in Los Angeles, is credited with promoting the moderate face of the Akali Dal and opening its doors to non-Sikhs.
As the party president, he is credited with winning the second consecutive term for the party in Punjab.
On the other hand, critics accuse the father-son duo of turning the Akali Dal into their family fiefdom. Punjab’s financial condition has also deteriorated to the point where the government is unable to even pay salaries of its employees.