End Of An Era : Shiromani Akali Dal Patriarch And Former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal Passes Away At 95 ; Rich Tributes On Twitter

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Former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal passed away on Tuesday at a private hospital in Mohali. He was 95. He was  Chief Minister  from –  from 1970 to 1971, from 1977 to 1980, from 1997 to 2002, and from 2007 to 2017.

The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) patriarch was admitted to the Fortis Hospital in Mohali more than a week ago after he complained of uneasiness while breathing.

Badal is survived by a son and SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal and daughter Parneet Kaur, who is married to former cabinet minister Adeish Partap Singh Kairon.

As soon as the news came in tributes started poring in on Twitter.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi,

Extremely saddened by the passing away of Shri Parkash Singh Badal Ji. He was a colossal figure of Indian politics, and a remarkable statesman who contributed greatly to our nation. He worked tirelessly for the progress of Punjab and anchored the state through critical times.

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted, Shri Prakash Singh Badal ji was a political stalwart who played a significant role in Punjab politics for many decades. In his long political and administrative career, he made several noteworthy contributions towards the welfare of farmers and other weaker sections of our society.

In another tweet Rajnath wrote, Badal Sahab was the son of soil who remained connected to his roots, all his life. I fondly remember my interactions with him on several issues. I’m deeply anguished by his demise. His demise is a personal loss to me. My heartfelt condolences to his bereaved family and supporters. Om Shanti!

Bhagwant Singh Mann , Punjab Chief Minister

Former Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh tweeted

Raghav Chadha, AAP, Rajya Sabha MP

Kiren Rijiju, Union Law Minister

JP Nadda, BJP president

Supriya Sule, NCP MP


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