New Delhi: Veteran Congress leader and former Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh has passed away. Singh died on Thursday at the age of 87 after a prolonged illness. Virbhadra Singh, a five-time MP and nine-time MLA, became the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh six times. He was also a minister in the central government. He breathed his last at 3.40 am at Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC). Many leaders including the President, Prime Minister have condoled his death.
President Ram Nath Kovind has condoled the death of former Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh. He said that his political career reflects his commitment towards serving the people. Kovind tweeted, “Saddened to hear about the demise of Virbhadra Singh. In his political career spanning over six decades, his roles as Chief Minister and MP reflect his commitment to serve the people of Himachal Pradesh. Condolences to the family and supporters.”
PM Modi expressed grief
At the same time, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also condoled the death of former Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and said that Singh played an important role in the state and served the people. PM Modi tweeted, “Virbhadra Singh had a long political career filled with administrative and legislative experiences. He played an important role in Himachal Pradesh and served the people. I am saddened by his death. My condolences to the family members and supporters.
Apart from this, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi and many other Congress leaders expressed grief over the death of former Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and remembered his contribution in the development of the state. Rahul Gandhi tweeted, “Virbhadra Singh ji was a strong leader in the true sense. His commitment to serve the people and the Congress remained exemplary till the end. My condolences to his family and friends. We will miss him.”
On the other hand, Priyanka Gandhi said, “We all have an irreparable loss due to the death of former Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Shri Virbhadra Singh ji, who has a stature like a giant mountain in politics and took Devbhoomi Himachal to new heights. May God give place to Shri Virbhadra Singh ji in the feet of Shri. Humble tribute. Let us inform that the Himachal Pradesh government on Thursday announced a three-day mourning in the state in honor of the late Virbhadra Singh, the former Chief Minister of the state. No official entertainment program will be organized between July 8 and 10, the official said.
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