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Former Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh passes away

In the past three months the 87-year-old Congress leader twice got infected from COVID-19 and recovered from it but was kept at the IGMC under observation

Former Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister and veteran Congress leader Virbhadra Singh passed away on Thursday, July 8, 2021, three days after he had suffered a cardiac attack in Shimla.

The six-time Chief Minister was on ventilator support at Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC) after he suffered a heart attack on July 5. Janak Raj, Senior Medical Superintendent, IGMC, said Singh passed away around 3:30 am  on Thursday.

In the past three months the 87-year-old Congress leader twice got infected from COVID-19 and recovered from it but was kept at the IGMC under observation. He was tested positive for COVID-19 first in April and admitted at a private hospital in Punjab’s Mohali from where he was discharged after a few days. However, on April 30 he was admitted at the IGMC, following a drop in his oxygen level. Since then, he has been at the IGMC, where he got again infected by COIVD-19 on June 11 and then recovered.

Singh was a nine-time MLA was elected to the State Legislative Assembly first time in October 1983. He was at present MLA from Arki assembly constituency in Solan district.

Singh was first elected to Lok Sabha in 1962, in all he was a five-time MP. He served as Minister of State for Industries, between 1982 to 1983 and Union Minister of  Steel, between 2009 to 2011 and Union Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) from between 2011 to 2012. He also remained as Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee president in years 1977, 1979, 1980 and 2012.


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