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Himachal Pradesh ex-CM Virbhadra Singh passes away, state govt announces 3-day mourning

Congress hopes of reviewing its unit in Himachal Pradesh received a jolt as its tallest leader from the region ex-Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh passed away. The leader was battling prolonged illness following Covid-19 complications and heart attack.

Himachal Pradesh ex-CM Virbhadra Singh passes away, state govt announces 3-day mourning-ycb
Shimla, First Published Jul 8, 2021, 10:33 AM IST
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Himachal Pradesh's Congress face and former CM Virbhadra Singh passed away in the early hours of Thursday. The leader had contracted Covid twice since April and on Monday suffered a heart attack.

Doctors treating him at Indira Gandhi Medical College in Shimla confirmed that the leader who was on ventilator support and being observed in the Critical Care Unit died at 3.40 am today.

As per reports, he first contacted Covid on April 12 and after recovery, was discharged on April 30, however, within a few hours he was rushed to Indira Gandhi Medical College in Shimla following cardiac arrest and breathing difficulty. While he continued to receive treatment, again on June 11 he tested positive for Covid-19 for the second time.

On Monday the leader suffered cardiac arrest again and was moved into the Critical Care Unit and was on a ventilator for three days and succumbed at wee hours on Thursday.

The 87-year-old politician served as Chief Minister for 6 times of Himachal Pradesh, also has served as union minister both during the Indira Gandhi period and also during Manmohan Singh's tenure. He is survived by his wife Prathipa, an ex-MP and his son Vikramaditya Singh, sitting MLA from Shimla Rural.

As soon as the message was passed, parties expressed condolences. PM Modi offered condolences to the Congress leader.  

"Shri Virbhadra Singh Ji had a long political career, with rich administrative and legislative experience. He played a pivotal role in Himachal Pradesh and served the people of the state. Saddened by his demise. Condolences to his family and supporters. Om Shanti."

"Heartfelt condolences to Vikramaditya Singh and the family. Virbhadra Singh ji will forever be remembered as the architect of Himachal Pradesh," Party spokesperson Pawan Khera stated as per reports.

"Irreparable loss not just for Congress but also for Indian politics."Chhattisgarh Health Minister TS Singh Deo was quoted as saying.

Himachal Pradesh government has announced a 3-day mourning as they bid farewell to their Raja Sahib.

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