(Leader of the Opposition in Punjab Vidhan Sabha)
Son of: Sh. Bal Ram Jakhar, former Union Agriculture
Minister, Lok Sabha Speaker, Governor (Madhya Pradesh)
Date of Birth: 09 Feb 1954
Place of Birth: Village Panjkosi (Abohar sub division, District Fazilka) .
He belongs to a progressive farming family, which pioneered
cultivation of grapes and citrus fruit in
Academic Career: Graduation from Govt College Chandigarh with Hons in
Master of Business Administration from Kurukshetra University.
Political career: Twice elected as member of All India Congress Committee
He actively led campaigns over public welfare issues.
Jakhar successfully contested Punjab Vidhan Sabha elections in 2002.He
was Parliamentary Secretary in the State Govt. from 2004 to 2007.He was
re-elected as MLA from Abohar Constituency in 2007
and again in the
recent elections of 2012.During his tenure as the Chairman of the Congress Party's Flagship Programs Monitoring Committee , has played an active role in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha by bringing to light:the kerosene (PDS) scam,the wheat seed subsidy scam, the malpractices in implementation of Central govt funded welfare schemes.
His election as CLP leader has been widely appreciated by people from all walks of life, irrespective of their personal political leanings. Being a farmer he has in-depth knowledge of the problems faced by the farming community.