Bibi Jagir’s Begowal dera spurred her rise in politics
Jalandhar, December 4
Bibi Jagir Kaur was serving as the first woman SGPC chief when her daughter Harpreet Kaur died in 2000. The incident came at a time when her religio-political career was at its peak. From being hailed as a gritty woman who had single-handedly raised two daughters, Jagir Kaur faced the charge of murdering the elder one.
Hailing from Bhatnura Lubana village in Jalandhar, Jagir Kaur got married early. She was 23 when she lost her husband to brain cancer in 1982.
A mathematics graduate from Government College for Girls, Chandigarh, and a BEd degree holder from MGN College of Education, Jalandhar, she started teaching mathematics at Government Senior Secondary School at Begowal..
In 1987, Jagir Kaur was given the charge of Dera Sant Prem Singh Murarewale, which her father-in-law Bawa Harnam Singh had been heading till then. The dera and its sizeable following contributed to her rise in politics.
At home, both her daughters chose their life partners on their own. Having opposed Harpreet Kaur’s marriage, she relented in the case of her younger daughter, Rajneet Kaur. Jagir Kaur’s son-in-law Yuvraj Bhupinder Singh is the son of a retired Army Subedar from Raipur Peer Baksh Wala village, Bholath. The couple has a lavish lifestyle and is often spotted in elite clubs of Jalandhar.
Her son-in-law, who has been staying on the dera premises since his marriage in 2003, has been managing its matters. He served as the Kapurthala Zila Parishad chairperson and got Rajneet elected from a Zila Parishad block earlier this year.
Yuvraj had unsuccessfully contested the 2017 Assembly elections from the Bholath constituency after Jagir Kaur was rendered ineligible due to her conviction by the CBI court in the daughter’s death case and her pending appeal before the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
After the acquittal, Jagir Kaur was garlanded and offered laddoos by her supporters at the dera.