Parkash Singh Badal.
Parkash Singh Badal from Akali Dal is the current Chief Minister of Punjab, serving his fourth term in the position since 2007. He was President of the Akali Dal from 1996 to 2008.
Chandigarh: At a time when Punjab is at the political crossroads over the issue of allowing international supermarket chains in multi-brand retail, Congress leader Amarinder Singh has accused Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal of putting politics before Punjab and said the state will pay the price for Badal's indecision. The ruling Shiromani Akali Dal, which runs an alliance government in Punjab with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has opposed allowing foreign investment in the state's retail business. Parkash Singh Badal is only playing politics. He knows it (foreign investment) is good for Punjab. His own mandi board chairman has spoken out in favour, Amarinder Singh, the former chief minister, told IANS in an interview here. This is entirely due to political compulsions and his closeness to the BJP. This has been his stand ever since aunha nu naal rakhna hai (we need to keep them (BJP) with us). Initially when they were fighting (elections), they were always losing. They only started forming the government (in Punjab) when the BJP came in, Amarinder said while drawing out Badal's compulsions to oppose the move to opening up retail to what is called foreign direct investment (FDI). The contradictions within the ruling Akali Dal have seen a flip-flop by its top leadership. Akali Dal president and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal had in December last year written to Union Commerce Minister Anand Sharma lauding the move and complimenting the central government.
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