Thursday, July 29, 2021

Former Himachal Pradesh CM Virbhadra Singh passes away; President, PM express grief

Former Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Virbhadra Singh passed away today after prolonged illness. Virbhadra Singh died at the Indira Gandhi medical college Shimla in wee hours today due to multi-organ failure. 87 year old Veerbhdra Singh is the longest-serving chief minister of Himachal Pradesh.

The 87 year-old veteran Congress leader was currently the MLA from Arki in Solan district.Nine-time MLA and five-time MP, Singh was Himachal Pradesh’s chief minister for six terms.

It may be recalled that earlier Virbhadra had been admitted to Max Hospital at Mohali after he tested positive for Covid on April 12.After recovering and being discharged from the hospital, his health again deteriorated and he was being treated at IGMC Shimla, where he breathed his last.

President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have expressed grief on the demise of former Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister and Former Union Minister Virbhadra Singh.

In a tweet, President Ram Nath Kovind said, his political career spanning six decades in his roles as Chief Minister and Parliamentarian was marked by his commitment to serve people of Himachal Pradesh. He expressed condolences to family and followers of Virbhadra Singh.

In a tweet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, Virbhadra Singh Ji had a long political career, with rich administrative and legislative experience. Mr Modi said, he played a pivotal role in Himachal Pradesh and served the people of the state. The Prime Minister expressed condolences to his family and supporters.

Home Minister Amit Shah has expressed grief over the demise of former Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister and former Union Minister Virbhadra Singh. In a tweet today, Mr. Shah said, he received the sad news of the demise of former Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh Virbhadra Singh Ji. He paid condolences to Virbhadra Singh’s family and supporters.

In Himachal Pradesh, the State Government has declared mourning for three days with effect from today as a mark of respect to former Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, who passed away in the early hours of this morning. There will be no official entertainment during this period. All State Government offices including Boards, Corporations and Autonomous institutions except the offices dealing with the essential services shall remain closed today.

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