Age: 68 Years
Hometown: Abohar, Punjab
Wife: Silvia Jakhar
|Full name||Sunil Kumar Jakhar Myneta.info|
|Political Party||Indian National Congress (INC)|
|Date of Birth||9 February 1954 (Tuesday)|
|Age (as of 2022)||68 Years|
|College/University||• A government college in Chandigarh
• Kurukshetra University, Haryana
|Educational Qualification||• Bachelor of Arts at a government college in Chandigarh (1974)
• Master of Business Administration at Kurukshetra University, Haryana Myneta.info
|Caste||Hindu Jat family Hindustan Times|
Panjkosi, Teh. Abohar,
Distt. Fazilka-152128, Punjab
Alleged Violation of Conduct of Election Rules
In 2012, SAD leader Shiv Lal Doda challenged the result of the 2012 Punjab Legislative Assembly elections by filling an election petition in the High Court of Punjab and Haryana against Sunil Jakhar. Doda alleged that the wrong publication of the ballot paper led his supporters, especially the illiterate ones, to cast their vote in favour of Jakhar (who was at serial No. 1) as they failed to find Doda’s name at the end of the ballot paper. Hindustan Times The court dismissed the election petition and charged Doda with a fine of Rs 50,000 stating that the petition was wholly frivolous and vexatious. Indian Kanoon
Linking Sukhbir Singh Badal to Bhim Tank Murderer Shiv Lal Doda
Consequently, the furious members of the Sri Guru Ravidas Federation Punjab and Satguru Ravidas Dharam Samaj Punjab burnt an effigy of Jakhar demanding an FIR to be lodged against him.
Later, Sunil Jakhar visted the Sant Ravidas Janam Asthan Mandir at Varanasi to pay homage and tender an apology. The New Indian Express
Disciplinary Action by Congress
|Relationships & More|
|Wife/Spouse||Silvia Jakhar (homemaker)
Note: Silvia Jakhar hails from Switzerland.
Father– Balram Jakhar (farmer-turned politician, who served as the Governor of Madhya Pradesh and the Speaker of the Lok Sabha for two successive terms from 1980 to 1989)
Mother– Name Not Known
Brother(s)– Sajjan Kumar Jakhar (eldest; former agriculture minister during the Beant Singh regime in Punjab), Surinder Jakhar (former chairman of Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative Limited (IFFCO))
Note: Sunil Jakhar is the youngest of three siblings.
|Other Relatives||Nephew– Ajay Vir Jakhar (Sajjan Kumar Jakhar’s son) (former chairman of the Punjab State Farmers Commission)|
• Cash: Rs 5,87,040
• Deposits in Banks, Financial Institutions and Non-Banking Financial
• Companies: Rs 8,60,38,105
• Bonds, Debentures and Shares in companies: Rs 20,09,133
• Personal loans/advance given: Rs 3,71,345
• Motor Vehicles: Rs 1,00,079
• Jewellery: Rs 2,37,000
• Other assets, such as values of claims/ interests: Rs 1,29,45,673
Note: In an affidavit submitted with his nomination papers in 2019, Jakhar declared that he and his wife have immovable assets of Rs 2,88,41,688 and Rs 1,20,63,26,638 respectively. He also declared over Rs 7.37 crore deposits in the Zurcher Kantonal Bank in Zurich, Switzerland, in his wife Silvia Jakhar’s name. Business Standard
|Net Worth||Rs 25,17,62,701 (as of 2019) Myneta.info|
Some Lesser Known Facts About Sunil Jakhar
- Sunil Jakhar is an Indian politician who was elected as an MLA consecutively three times from the Abohar constituency (2002-2017). After serving as the Leader of Opposition in Punjab Vidhan Sabha from 2012 to 2017, he became the President of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (2017- 2021).
- Sunil Jakhar’s father, Balram Jakhar, is the longest-serving Speaker of the Lok Sabha. Business Standard
- Following the footsteps of their father, both Sunil and Sajjan ventured into politics and joined the Indian National Congress (INC). Sajjan Kumar contested the 1997 Punjab Legislative Assembly elections from the Abohar assembly constituency as a candidate of the INC, but he was defeated by the BJP candidate Ram Kumar in the elections. Consequently, the party did not entrust Sajjan with a ticket in the following elections. Meanwhile, Sunil’s other brother Surinder actively advocated for farmers’ rights, but he never got into electoral politics. Unfortunately, Surinder died in a freak accident while cleaning his revolver at his farm in 2011.
- Balram Jakhar’s decision to not contest in the 1996 Lok Sabha elections led to the beginning of Sunil Jakhar’s political journey. In the elections, Sunil, as a candidate of the INC, contested from the Ferozepur Lok Sabha constituency, but he did not win. The seat was won by Mohan Singh Phalianwala of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP). Sunil attributed the defeat to his late shifting by the party from Sikar in Rajasthan, a seat that his father had represented twice, to Ferozepur.
- On a ticket from the INC, Sunil contested and won the Abohar assembly seat in the 2002 Punjab Legislative Assembly elections, defeating the independent candidate Sudhir Nagpal by 7339 votes.
- In the 2007 Punjab Legislative Assembly elections, he contested and won the Abohar assembly seat on a ticket from the INC, defeating the BJP candidate Ram Kumar by 17, 201 votes.
- In 2012, he contested and won the Abohar assembly seat on a ticket from the INC, defeating the independent candidate Shiv Lal Doda by a margin of about 9,000 votes.
- He served as the Leader of Opposition in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha from 2012 to 2017.
- In the 2014 general elections, Sunil contested from the Ferozepur Lok Sabha constituency, but he was defeated by Shiromani Akali Dal’s Sher Singh Ghubaya by a margin of 31,420 votes.
- In the 2017 Punjab Legislative Assembly elections, Sunil contested from the Abohar assembly constituency, but he was defeated by the BJP candidate Arun Narang by a margin of 3279 votes.
- After two electoral failures, Sunil struck back when the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat fell vacant in 2017 after the demise of four-time MP Vinod Khanna. Jakhar contested the bypoll to fill the seat on a ticket from the INC and won the election defeating the BJP candidate Sawarn Singh Salaria by 1,93,199 votes.
- Winning the elections by 1.93 lakh votes, Sunil Jakhar broke the previous record of Congress MP Sukhbans Kaur Bhinder, who had won the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat with a margin of 1.51 lakh votes in 1980. The Indian Express
- Jakhar announced his retirement from electoral politics when Rahul Gandhi declared Charanjit Singh Channi as the party’s chief ministerial face for the 2022 Punjab Legislative Assembly elections. Jakhar attributed his disappointment to the party leaders who were of the opinion that a Sikh face would be suitable for the CM post in Punjab. He also claimed that the party had rejected him as its chief ministerial candidate because he was a Hindu.
- At Lok Sabha, he was a member of the Standing Committee on Science & Technology, Environment & Forests.
- He owns a Jeep Cherokee. India Today
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