Jarnail Singh (born 1973)

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Not to be confused with another AAP politician Jarnail Singh (born 1981), who is the Tilak Nagar MLA.

Jarnail Singh
MLA
In office
2015–2017
Preceded byManjinder Singh Sirsa
ConstituencyRajouri Garden
Personal details
Born1973
Delhi, India
NationalityIndian
Political partyAam Aadmi Party
Alma materYMCA Institute for Media Studies and Information Technology
ProfessionPolitician, Journalist

Jarnail Singh is an Indian journalist and politician belonging to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). He was a member of the Delhi Legislative Assembly, representing the Rajouri Garden constituency until 6 January 2017, when he resigned as MLA to compete for the AAP against sitting CM Parkash Singh Badal.[2]

Education and journalism career[edit]

Jarnail Singh obtained a diploma in journalism from the YMCA Institute for Media Studies and Information Technology, he started his career as a reporter for Amar Ujala. He then worked as a correspondent with the Hindi-language daily Dainik Jagran for over a decade.[3]

Singh gained media attention when he threw a shoe at India's Home Minister P. Chidambaram during a press conference on 7 April 2009.[4] Singh was upset that the minister's party, the Indian National Congress, had given poll tickets to leaders who had been accused of instigating the 1984 anti-Sikh pogrom; the leaders had been "cleared" of any involvement by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) when the Congress government was in power. Responding to Jarnail Singh's question, Chidambaram stated that the CBI had not acted under government pressure, and had only submitted its reports to the court and that it was up to the courts to make a decision. Singh was not satisfied with the answer and threw a shoe at the minister in protest. Singh later stated:

I admit my method was wrong, but the sentiment was right. I do not wish that any journalist should behave in this manner.

Chidambaram did not press charges against him.[3]

Political career[edit]

Jarnail Singh contested the 2014 general elections as an AAP candidate from West Delhi, he lost to Pravesh Verma of BJP by a margin of 268,586 votes.[5] In 2015 Delhi Assembly elections, he won from the Rajouri Garden constituency,[6] he is sometimes confused with Jarnail Singh, an AAP MLA from Tilak Nagar in Delhi.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Shabad as Guru – S. Jarnail Singh
  2. ^ http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/punjab-election-aap-jarnail-singh-parkash-singh-badal/1/850986.html
  3. ^ a b Jarnail Singh: Profile of a shoe thrower
  4. ^ "Jarnail Singh: Man who hurled shoe at P Chidambaram is AAP candidate". Economic Times Portal. 16 February 2014.
  5. ^ Vishal Kant (13 January 2015). "Pravesh Verma conquers West Delhi by record margin". The Hindu.
  6. ^ Rajouri Garden results
  7. ^ http://indianexpress.com/article/cities/delhi/west-delhi-confused-will-the-real-jarnail-singh-stand-up/

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