|President||Sukhbir Singh Badal|
|Lok Sabha leader||Harsimrat Kaur Badal|
|Rajya Sabha leader||Naresh Gujral|
|Founded||14 October 1920|
|Headquarters||Block #6, Madhya Marg|
Sector 28, Chandigarh
|Student wing||Student Organisation of India  (SOI)|
|Youth wing||Youth Akali Dal|
|ECI Status||State Party|
|Alliance||National Democratic Alliance|
|Seats in Lok Sabha|
2 / 545
|Seats in Rajya Sabha|
3 / 245
|Seats in Punjab Legislative Assembly|
13 / 117
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) (translation: Supreme Akali Party) is a political party in India. There are a large number of parties with the name "Shiromani Akali Dal". The party recognised as "Shiromani Akali Dal" by the Election Commission of India is the one led by Sukhbir Singh Badal. It controls Sikh religious bodies Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee, Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee and is the largest and most influential Sikh political party worldwide. The basic philosophy of Akali Dal is to give a political voice to Sikh issues and it believes that religion and politics go hand in hand. Shiromani Akali Dal is part of the BJP led NDA.
Akali Dal was formed on 14 December 1920 as a task force of the Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee, the Sikh religious body. The Akali Dal considers itself the principal representative of Sikhs. Sardar Sarmukh Singh Chubbal was the first president of a unified proper Akali Dal, but it became popular under Master Tara Singh.
In the provincial election of 1937, the Akali Dal won 10 seats. The Khalsa Nationalists won 11 seats and joined the coalition government headed by the Unionist leader Sikander Hyat Khan. The Akalis sat in opposition and made occasional forays into reaching an understanding with the Muslim League, which never reached fruition.
In the provincial election of 1946, the Akali Dal won 22 seats and joined the coalition government headed by the Unionist Khizar Hayat Khan Tiwana, along with the Indian National Congress. The Muslim League was unable to capture power, despite having won the largest number of seats, which perhaps suited it fine as it strengthened its Pakistan demand. The Muslim League launched a civil disobedience campaign, bringing down the Tiwana government by March 1947. The rest of the period till Indian independence was filled by Governor's Rule.
In the 1950s, the party launched the Punjabi Suba movement, demanding a state with majority of Punjabi speaking people, out of undivided East Punjab under the leadership of Sant Fateh Singh. In 1966, the present Punjab was formed. Akali Dal came to power in the new Punjab, but early governments didn't live long due to internal conflicts and power struggles within the party. Later, party strengthened and party governments completed full term.
Following is the list of presidents of the party as given on party website.
- Surmukh Singh Jhabhal
- Baba Kharak Singh
- Master Tara Singh
- Gopal Singh Kaumi
- Tara Singh Thethar
- Teja Singh Akarpu
- Babu Labh Singh
- Udam Singh Ji Nagoke
- Giani Kartar Singh
- Pritam Singh Gojran (Gujjran Sangrur)
- Hukam Singh
- Fateh Singh
- Achar Singh
- Bhupinder Singh
- Mohan Singh Tur
- Jagdev Singh Talwandi
- Harchand Singh Longowal
- Surjit Singh Barnala
- Simranjit Singh Mann
- Parkash Singh Badal
Current Members in Houses
|Punjab Legislative Assembly||13/117|
Punjab Chief Ministers belonging to Akali Dal
- Gurnam Singh (17 February 1969 – 27 March 1970)
- Parkash Singh Badal (27 March 1970 – 14 June 1971)
- Parkash Singh Badal ( 20 June 1977 – 17 February 1980)
- Surjit Singh Barnala (29 September 1985 – 11 June 1987)
- Parkash Singh Badal (12 February 1997 – 26 February 2002)
- Parkash Singh Badal (1 March 2007 – 16 March 2017)
In general elections
In state elections
- Splinter groups of the Akali Dal
- Tara Singh
- Babu Labh Singh
- Akali (disambiguation)
- Shiromani Akali Dal (Taksali)
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