Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa
Member of Parliament Rajya Sabha
In office
9 April 2010 – 9 April 2022
Succeeded byHarbhajan Singh
Member of Parliament Lok Sabha
In office
2004 - 2009
Preceded bySimranjit Singh Mann
Succeeded byVijay Inder Singla
Personal details
Born (1936-04-09) 9 April 1936 (age 87)
Sangrur, Punjab, British India
Political partyShiromani Akali Dal (Sanyukt)[1]
SpouseHarjit Kaur
Children1 son and 2 daughters including Parminder Singh Dhindsa
AwardsPadma Bhushan (2019)
Source: [1]

Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa (born 9 April 1936) is a member of the Rajya Sabha. He is the President of Shiromani Akali Dal (Sanyukt), which is formed by the merger of Shiromani Akali Dal (Democratic) and Shiromani Akali Dal (Taksali) led by he and Ranjit Singh Brahampura respectively. He used to be a member of the Shiromani Akali Dal political party until tensions rose inside in that party. He was previously a member of 14th Lok Sabha of India, representing the Sangrur constituency of Punjab. He has been awarded the Padma Bhushan in the awards list of 26 January 2019. However, he returned it in December 2020 during the farmer protests.

President Ram Nath Kovind presenting the Padma Bhushan Award to Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, at the Civil Investiture Ceremony-I, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on March 11, 2019.

He was union minister of sports and chemicals and fertilisers in Third Vajpayee Ministry from 2000 to 2004. He was member of Rajya Sabha from 1998 to 2004.[2] His son Parminder Singh Dhindsa was finance minister of Punjab from 2012 till 2017.[3]

Political career

Dhindsa started his political journey as an active student leader during his graduation years at Govt. Ranbir College Sangrur. He was the first elected Secretary of Ranbir College Students' Council and subsequently elected as the president of council too. After graduating he was elected as the Sarpanch (youngest in whole district) of his native village Ubhawal in Sangrur district. Amongst the elected Sarpanches he became the chairman of Block Samiti Sangrur. Later he was elected as managing director of District Cooperative Bank, Sangrur. In 1972 Dhindsa won Dhanaula Assembly Constituency seat as an independent candidate and later joined Shiromani Akali Dal under the guidance and motivation of Sant Harchand Singh Longowal. He again was elected as an MLA from Sunam on Shiromani Akali Dal ticket and inducted as Minister of State (Independent Charge) holding the portfolios of Transport, Sports, Tourism, Cultural Affairs and Civil Aviation. In 1980 he again was re elected to Punjab Vidhan Sabha from Sangrur seat. In 1985 he became MLA from Sunam. Later in 1986, differences brewed in Surjit Singh Barnala's Government on the issue of Operation Black Thunder and Dhindsa chose to go with the faction of Parkash Singh Badal in retaliation to Operation Black Thunder.


  1. ^ Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa proclaims himself as SAD chief. 8 July 2020. The Tribune. Retrieved 11 July 2020.
  2. ^ Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa Biography, Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa Bio, Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa Photos, Videos, Wallpapers, News
  3. ^ "Parminder Singh Dhindsa". PTC News. 1 February 2022. Retrieved 28 July 2023.