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Congress veteran and ex-home minister Buta Singh passes away at 86; Narendra Modi, Rahul Gandhi pay tribute – India News , Firstpost


A staunch loyalist of Rajiv Gandhi, Singh was a member of Lok Sabha for eight phrases, held a number of positions in diverse ideological dispensations on the Centre and have become the Bihar governor in 2004

New Delhi: Prominent Dalit chief of the Congress and former Union residence minister Buta Singh, who served beneath 4 prime ministers in a political profession spanning over 5 a long time, died on the AIIMS Delhi on Saturday morning. He was 86.

Singh was in a coma since October final 12 months when he was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) after he suffered a mind hemorrhage. He died round 7.10 am, his household stated.

He was cremated on the Lodhi Road crematorium within the night. A lot of Congress leaders and employees attended the cremation.

His supporters earlier paid their final respects to the departed chief at his Jangpura Extension residence and on the Sri Nanaksar Gurudwara in Wazirabad, the place his physique was saved.

A staunch loyalist of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, Singh was a member of Lok Sabha for eight phrases, held a number of positions in diverse ideological dispensations on the Centre and have become the Governor of Bihar in 2004.

Singh usually discovered himself on the centre of main controversies. He was as soon as excommunicated from the socio-religious order of the Sikhs for his alleged position within the Operation Blue Star, however was pardoned a decade later.

President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former prime minister Manmohan Singh condoled his demise.

“In the passing of Shri Buta Singh, the country has lost one of the longest serving parliamentarians with rich administrative experience. He championed the cause of the oppressed and marginalized. Condolences to his family and supporters,” Kovind stated in a tweet.

Naidu stated, “Saddened to learn about the passing away of Shri Buta Singh Ji. He was an able administrator and parliamentarian. My heartfelt condolences to bereaved family members.”

The prime minister stated Singh was “an experienced administrator and effective voice for the welfare of the poor as well as downtrodden”.

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, in a letter to his son Arvinder Singh, described him as a frontrunner of “high esteem” who was revered by everyone regardless of get together traces.

Manmohan Singh stated, “He was a great Parliamentarian and a distinguished administrator who devoted his whole life to the service of the poor and other backward communities.”

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi stated Singh devoted all his life within the service of the nation.

“In the demise of Sardar Buta Singh Ji, the country has lost a true public servant and a loyal leader. He devoted his entire life in the service of the country and the well-being of people, for which he will always be remembered,” the previous Congress chief stated in a tweet in Hindi.

Condoling Singh’s demise, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh stated he “dedicated his life serving poor and downtrodden. He served the nation in several capacities.”

Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot and a number of other Union ministers additionally condoled Singh’s demise.

Born right into a humble ‘mazhbi‘ Sikh household in Mustafapur in Punjab’s Jalandhar district on 21 March, 1934, Singh rose by the political ranks and went on to turn into the digital No. 2 within the Rajiv Gandhi authorities within the late 1980s.

During his tenure as residence minister, he oversaw the consecration of bricks for a Ram temple in Ayodhya in 1989 when the positioning was disputed and confronted criticism for the dismissal of many state governments. He was thought of a one-man “demolition squad” of Rajiv Gandhi who “axed” many state governments.

Before Rajiv Gandhi, Singh was near Indira Gandhi and held a number of positions in her authorities. He additionally performed a task in deciding on the Congress’s new ballot image, the hand, after the get together cut up in 1978.

But, Singh needed to pay a worth for his shut affiliation with the Gandhis and his positions within the successive Congress governments — he was excommunicated from the socio-religious order of the Sikhs in April 1985 for his position within the Operation Blue Star that precipitated harm to the Akal Takht, the best temporal seat of the Sikhism.

Nearly 10 years after the occasions on the Golden Temple, he sought atonement and returned to the Sikh fold. In March 1994, he was granted pardon.

Pictures of him present process the punishment of dusting footwear, washing dishes and sweeping flooring on the Golden Temple and different gurudwaras, with a plaque round his neck declaring him a sinner, went viral on the time.

In his preliminary political days, Singh was related to the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD). He joined the Congress within the early 1960s. He was first elected to the Lower House of Parliament in 1962 from Punjab. Later, he represented Rajasthan’s Jalore constituency in Lok Sabha.

He converted to the BJP briefly and have become the Minister for Communications within the Atal Bihari Vajpayee cupboard in March 1998. But he needed to resign quickly after following his indictment within the JMM bribery case.

He, thereafter, switched again to the Congress and was made the Governor of Bihar in 2004. He needed to give up as Bihar Governor after the Supreme Court was essential of his position in recommending the dissolution of the state Assembly in 2005. He resigned in 2006.

AICC basic secretary Ok C Venugopal attended his cremation. He additionally laid a wreath on behalf of the Congress household. Wreaths have been additionally laid on his physique on the Lodhi Road crematorium on behalf of Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi.

“The party and nation has lost a stalwart leader today,” the Congress get together stated.

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