Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on 14 May 2021 announced Malerkotla as the state’s new district.
- Malerkotla will be the 23rd district of the state.
- Malerkotla city, Amargarh and Ahmedgarh will also come under the limits of Malerkotla.
- Malerkotla is a Muslim majority town. It was till now part of Sangrur district and is located nearly 35 km from the district headquarters in Sangrur.
- Addressing a state-level function virtually to greet the people on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, Punjab CM also announced a Rs 500 crore medical college for Malerkotla, a women’s college, a new bus stand and a women police station.
The CM stated that the town’s history traced back to 1454.
It was established in 1454 by Sheikh Sadruddin-i-Jahan from Afghanistan and subsequently, the State of Malerkotla was established in 1657 by Bayazid Khan.
Malerkotla was later merged with other nearby princely states to create the Patiala and East Punjab States Union (PEPSU).
During the reorganization of states in 1956, the territory of the erstwhile State of Malerkotla became part of Punjab.