Former Union Home Minister and Senior Congress leader Buta Singh passed away at the age of 86 on Saturday morning after a prolonged illness. Buta, a trusted member of the Nehru-Gandhi family, served as Home, Agriculture, Railways, and Sports Minister, besides being Governor of Bihar and Chairman of the National Scheduled Castes Commission.
Born on 21 March 1934 in Mustafapur village of Punjab, Singh was elected to the Lok Sabha 8 times. Let us tell you that Congress lost the elections in 1977. After that, Singh played a major role in bringing the party back to power in 1980 as the only national general secretary of the Indira Gandhi-led Congress.
Singh joined the Congress party in 1960:
Singh contested his first elections as an Akali Dal member and later joined the Indian National Congress in the 1960s. He was elected to the 3rd Lok Sabha in 1962 for the first time, from the Sadhna constituency.
Many political leaders expressed condolences on Singh’s demise:
At the same time, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed condolences on the demise of Buta Singh. In a social media post, PM wrote, ‘Shri Buta Singh Ji was an experienced administrator and effective voice for the welfare of the poor as well as downtrodden. Saddened by his passing away. My condolences to his family and supporters.’
Shri Buta Singh Ji was an experienced administrator and effective voice for the welfare of the poor as well as downtrodden. Saddened by his passing away. My condolences to his family and supporters.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 2, 2021
At the same time, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said that the ‘nation has lost a loyal public servant today’ in his tweet.
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