Jagdeep Kamboj Goldy is an Indian advocate-turned-politician who was elected as an MLA from the Jalalabad Assembly Constituency during the 2022 Punjab Legislative Assembly elections on Aam Aadmi Party’s ticket.
Jagdeep Kamboj Goldy was born on Saturday, 21 April 1984 (age 38 years; as of 2022), and he hails from Jalalabad, Punjab, India. He completed his BA LLB from Maharaja Ganga Singh University, Bikaner, Rajasthan in 2010. Before venturing into politics, Jagdeep Kamboj worked as an advocate and farmer.
Parents & Siblings
Kamboj was intrigued to pursue a career in politics due to his father, Surinder Kamboj, who has contested the Jalalabad seat twice in the past. Surinder Kamboj was the chairman of the Punjab Agricultural Development Bank, Jalalabad. Surinder Kamboj was arrested on the allegation of flesh trade in 2007 and has several criminal cases registered against him for rapes and duping petrol pumps.
Ironically, while Surinder Kamboj is accused of carrying smack and opium in Punjab, Jagdeep Kamboj works to ensure a drug-free Punjab. His mother’s name is Urmila Kamboj.
His sister, Samina Kamboj, is an advocate.
Wife & Children
Jagdeep Kamboj is married to Sobia Kamboj. He has two children, a daughter named Feriha Kamboj (born in 2017) and a son named Aval Kamboj (born in 2020).
Sobia Kamboj actively participated in Jagdeep Kamboj’s political journey since his IYC days.
When Jagdeep Kamboj joined AAP in 2020, Sobia started campaigning for AAP.
Indian National Congress (INC)
He ventured into politics via Indian Youth Congress (IYC). Kamboj is a former general secretary of the All-India Youth Congress. He has also served as the incharge of the Jammu & Kashmir Youth Congress and Haryana Youth Congress. As a member of the IYC, Jagdeep Kamboj actively participated in various protests. In 2018, he took part in the protests held in Delhi against the Modi government for hiking petrol prices.
Kamboj wanted to contest the 2017 Punjab Legislative Assembly elections from the Jalalabad Assembly Constituency on a ticket from the Indian National Congress, but the party declared Ravneet Singh Bittu as its candidate at that time. When by-poll in the Shahkot Assembly Constituency was necessitated because of the death of Shiromani Akali Dal MLA Ajit Singh Kohar on 4 February 2018, Kamboj actively campaigned for INC.
On 23 September 2019, Kamboj wrote a letter to BV Srinivas (president of IYC) in which he announced his resignation from the post of national secretary of the IYC and the decision to quit the party. Kamboj parted ways with INC protesting the allotment of party ticket of Jalalabad constituency to Raminder Singh Awla, who hailed from Guru Har Sahai Assembly Constituency, instead of him being a native of Jalalabad. Fumed over the matter, Kamboj decided to enter the poll fray as an Independent candidate. On 11 October 2019, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president Sunil Jakhar in a letter stated that Kamboj was expelled from Congress for anti-party activities. It stated that Kamboj was contesting the 2019 Jalalabad Assembly by-election against the official Congress candidate, Raminder Singh Awla.
Independent candidate during 2019 Jalalabad By-election
The Jalalabad assembly seat, which was earlier represented by Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) chief Sukhbir Singh Badal, got vacant when he was elected to the Lok Sabha. Therefore, the seat was contested during the 2019 by-elections in Punjab. Jagdeep Kamboj independently contested from the Jalalabad Assembly Constituency in the by-polls after Congress denied him a ticket. His election symbol was “A man driving a tractor” and his election slogan was “Neta Nahi Beta.”
He garnered 5,836 votes and lost the elections. Congress candidate Raminder Singh Awla won the election, defeating SAD candidate Raj Singh Dibbipura by 16,000 votes.
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)
Kamboj joined the Aam Aadmi Party in February 2020. Later, he was appointed as the state president of the BC wing of AAP. In December 2021, the Aam Aadmi Party declared Jagdeep as its candidate for the 2022 Punjab Legislative Assembly elections from the Jalalabad constituency. On 10 March 2022, Jagdeep Kamboj won the 2022 Punjab Legislative Assembly election from the Jalalabad Assembly Constituency, defeating Sukhbir Singh Badal by over 30,000 votes. Sukhbir Singh Badal’s defeat was a prominent event in Jalalabad’s history as Badal had been a three-time legislator from the constituency.
Meanwhile, AAP, under the leadership of chief ministerial candidate Bhagwant Mann won 92 out of 117 seats in the 2022 Punjab Legislative Assembly elections and formed its first state government in Punjab.
Involved in the theft of cars
In 2007, Jagdeep Kamboj was taken into custody by the Chandigarh Police for alleged involvement in the theft of cars. A week before Jagdeep’s arrest, his father, Surinder Kamboj, was arrested on the allegation of a prostitution racket. Later, two more accomplices of Surinder Kamboj were taken into custody by the police. While Surinder Kamboj was on police remand, the other three arrested with him in the case were sent to judicial custody. In charge of the operation cell of the Chandigarh Police inspector Vijay Kumar informed the media that Jagdeep Kamboj and Sanjeev Chhabra’s names popped up during the sustained interrogation of Surinder Kamboj. During the investigation, a stolen Hyundai Accent car, a seal of the Registration and Licensing Authority, Batala, and a fake registration certificate of the vehicle were recovered from Jagdeep.
Charged for Cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property (IPC Section-420)
In July 2015, Jagdeep Kamboj was booked for allegedly duping a villager named Resham Singh of Rs 6.25 lakh. Reportedly, Kamboj had promised Resham Singh to get his son-in-law Surjit Singh’s name deleted from an FIR registered in a murder case. When Jagdeep failed to keep his promise, Resham asked him to refund the amount, but Jagdeep refused. Furthermore, during the investigation, SSP Fazilka found that Jagdeep had cheated others too.
Jagdeep Kamboj’s net worth is Rs. 2,89,20,422 (as of 2022).
Assets & Properties
- Cash- Rs. 2,80,000
- Deposits in Banks, Financial Institutions and Non-Banking Financial Companies- Rs. 1,20,000
- LIC or other insurance Policies- Rs. 70,422
- Motor Vehicles- Rs. 12,00,000
- Jewellery- Rs. 20,00,000
- Agricultural Land- Rs 1,55,00,000
- Non Agricultural Land- Rs 30,00,000
- Residential Buildings- Rs 1,00,00,000
- In an interview, after his win in the 2022 Punjab Legislative Assembly elections, Jagdeep Kamboj claimed that he parted ways with INC as the party leaders look for wealthy candidates who can give money to the party in exchange for MLA tickets.
- Media houses also refer to him as Goldy and Goldy Kamboj.