Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu: Rising from humble beginnings to the Chief Minister’s post : The Tribune India


Pratibha Chauhan

Simla, December 10

The rise of Sukkinder Singh Sukhu from a humble background to the post of Prime Minister is a story that could inspire anyone to dream big in politics, especially in a party like Congress, as he has risen from the ranks without political legacy.

Born on March 27, 1964, Sukhu is a four-time legislator from Nadaun in Hamirpur district, but surprisingly, in his nearly three-decade long political career, he has never been a minister, parliamentary secretary (CPS) or even chairman of any board or company been. career.

His first step into politics was when he became class representative in Class XI at Government Degree College in Shimla in 1981. Since then, he has risen alone in the congressional organization at different stages be it NSUI, youth congress and state congress.

He was first elected to the assembly in 2003. He won three more elections in 2007, 2017 and now for the fourth term to be elevated directly to the top post.

He also remained Chief Whip of the Congress Legislature party from 2007 to 2012. He has reached the post of CM by going through practically every stage step by step as he was first elected Councilor of Shimla Municipal Corporation (SMC) twice ) from 1992-97 and again from 1997 to 2002 before being elected to the Vidhan Sabha.

He is a man who rose from humble beginnings to the post of CM while his father was in government service. Known as a bête noire of Congress stalwart and six-time CM Virbhadra Singh, this probably helped him carve a niche for himself as a clear-talking man who dared to assume even the power of a towering leader like Virbhadra .

It is for this man that Sukhu faced opposition from Pratibha Singh, President of the State Congress and wife of Virbhadra. What worked most in his favor was the support of MLAs with an under-40 majority who won on the congressional ticket.

A thoroughly organizational man, he served as the state chairman of all three wings of the Congress – the National Students Union of India (NSUI), the Youth Congress and then the Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC). A feta that probably no other Congress leader can claim.

He was active in politics from his college and university days when he did his MA LLB from Himachal Pradesh University. He remained state president of the Youth Congress for 10 years and head of the HPCC for six years.

On a personal level, his wife Kamlesh is a homemaker whose father is a retired army personnel. He has two daughters who are studying in Delhi. Sukhu struggled in his college days while even working as a newspaper agent to supplement his income as a student.


Born: March 27, 1964

Chairman NSUI: 1989-95

Chairman Youth Congress: 1998-2008

Secretary General, State Youth Congress: 1998-2008

Secretary General, HPCC: 2008-12

President of the State Congress: January 2013 to January 2019

Shimla MC Councilor: 1992-97, 1997-2002

MLA: 2003, 2007, 2017 and 2022

#Congress #Shimla #sukhwinder singh sukhu

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