Who is Balbir Singh Rajewal?
Balbir Singh Rajewal is an Indian politician and the founder of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU). He rose to prominence after actively participating in the 2020 Indian farmers’ protest. In December 2021, he was appointed as the Sanyukt Samaj Morcha (SSM) party’s Chief Ministerial candidate for the 2022 Punjab Legislative Assembly elections.
Personal Life/Early Life
Balbir Singh Rajewal was born in Rajewal, Ludhiana, Punjab on Friday, August 20, 1943 (age 78 as of 2021). Balbir Singh Rajewal was born in Ludhiana, Punjab, to a Sikh  family. Asa Singh, his father, was a farmer. His mother’s name is unknown.
He also had two older brothers. Rajewal’s whole family has been involved in farmer agitations to the point that his father, siblings, and even sister-in-law have been imprisoned while fighting for agricultural rights. He enrolled at A.S. College, Khanna, after attending A.S. Sr Sec School in Khanna, Punjab’s Ludhiana area.
Balbir Singh Rajewal is a happily married man. His son quit his job as a commercial pilot to seek a career in farming.
|Name||Balbir Singh Rajewal|
|Birth Date||20 August 1943|
|Age (As of 2021)||78 years|
|Birth Place||Ludhiana, Punjab|
|Political Party||Sanyukt Samaj Morcha (SSM)
|Height(Approx)||In feet & inches: 5’ 8”
In centimters: 172 cm
|Weight(Approx)||In kilograms: 70 kg
In pounds: 154 lbs
|Food Habits||Not Known|
Family Background, Education
|Father Name||Asa Singh|
|Mother Name||Not Known|
|Siblings||2 elder brothers (Names Not Known)|
|School||A. S. Sr Sec School, Khanna, Punjab|
|College||A.S. College, Khanna|
Girlfriend, Wife, Marriage
|Children||Name Not Known|
Favorite Things & Assets
|Favorite Actor||Not Known|
|Favorite TV Show||Not Known|
|Favorite Book(s)||Not Known|
|Car Collection||Not Known|
Social Media Accounts
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Rajewal began his work as a telegraphist until resigning in 1968. He also used to work for the Punjab Telephone Department. Later, he began farming in his hometown of Rajewal in the Punjab province of Ludhiana. He is also the proprietor of two rice mills in the Rajewal area. He also worked as a “Arhtiya” (commission agent) at Khanna Mandi, Ludhiana, for a time. Soon after, he quit the profession in order to align himself with farmer union members.
He is the head of the Management Committee of Malwa College Bondli-Samrala, Punjab, a premier educational institution in the Samrala district. Rajewal operates an honesty stationery business for schoolchildren in his community called “Sach Di Dukan” (Truth’s Shop). There is no shopkeeper in charge of the establishment. Instead, it features a box where clients may deposit the money they paid for the things they bought.
Although he had shifted his political allegiances over the years, from the Congress to the Shiromani Akali Dal to the Aam Aadmi Party, he remained opposed to any political activity until the agricultural laws were legally abolished on November 29, 2021. Until 2002, Rajewal backed the Congress administration on several farmer problems, but when it refused to pay farmers Rs. 110 crore in compensation for paddy damage, he led a protest against them.
Parkash Singh Badal, the then-chief minister, offered Rajewal the job of “Halka Incharge” (constituency incharge) from the Samrala Assembly seat in 2014, but Rajewal declined since he did not want to run in the elections. During the 2017 Punjab Assembly elections, Rajewal began supporting the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), and eventually developed tight connections with Shiromani Akali Dal President Captain Amarinder Singh.
When the 2022 Punjab Legislative Assembly elections were nearing, Arvind Kejriwal, the AAP’s national convener and Delhi chief minister, allegedly offered to make Rajewal its CM candidate, but he declined due to pressure from farmer unions. On December 26, 2021, twenty-two SKM sections led by Rajewal formed their own political front named Samyukta Samaj Morcha (SSM), proclaiming their intention to run in the Punjab Legislative Assembly elections in 2022. SSM has stated that it would run in all 117 seats in the Punjab legislature.
Wealth and Net Worth
Balbir Singh Rajewal owns 60 acres of property in his hometown of Rajewal, Punjab.
Some Amazing Facts At A Glance About Balbir Singh Rajewal
- Ironically, only a few months before launching his own party, BKU (Rajewal), Balbir Singh had clashed with Haryana farmer leader Gurnam Singh Chaduni over his political ambitions.
- The Sahnewal Nagar Council, in collaboration with the Gurdwara Reru Sahib Committee and Kar Sewa Samudaye, honoured Balbir Singh Rajewal for his involvement during the Indian farmers’ protest on December 13, 2021.
- Balbir Singh Rajewal was honoured by Muslims on December 20, 2021, in the Jama Masjid in Ludhiana, where he paid respect to the late Shahi Imam of Punjab, Maulana Habib Ur Rehman Sani Ludhianvi.
- SKM has distanced themselves from the new political party SSM upon its creation. The SKM coordination committee released a statement prohibiting the usage of the SKM emblem by any political party.