Former Haryana CM Bhajan Lal passes away

Former Haryana chief minister Bhajan Lal died following a heart attack. He was 80.

Hisar (Haryana): Former Haryana Chief Minister and
leading Jat leader Bhajan Lal died in a local hospital
following a massive heart attack here Friday evening.

Lal`s family sources said the 81-year-old leader suffered
a massive heart attack in the afternoon and was rushed to a
local hospital.

Even as the family was preparing to shift him to the
Medicity in Gurgaon, he suffered another attack and died at 5
Lok Sabha member from Hisar, Bhajan Lal is survived by
his widow Jasma Devi, a former MLA, two sons Chander Mohan,
former Deputy Chief Minister, and Kuldeep Bishnoi, (MLA) and a

The cremation of Bhajan Lal, who was chief minister
three times, will take place tomorrow, the sources said.

He had contested the last election as a nominee of
Haryana Janhit Congress-BL formed by his younger son Kuldeep
Bishnoi after the veteran leader had severed his long
association with Congress following the appointment of
Bhupinder Singh Hooda as the chief minister for the second
time in 2009.

Bhajan Lal was at his sector 15 residence here when he
had suffered stroke and was immediately taken to a private
hospital for treatment.

RJD leader Lalu Prasad condoled the death Bhajan Lal,
describing him as an able leader.

"A good leader has departed from our midst," Yadav
told agency on the demise of Bhajan Lal.

Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda described Lal
as a seasoned politician who served the state and society,
saying his demise was an irreparable loss to the state.

Expressing grief, Hooda said the state government had
declared a three-day state mourning and a public holiday on
June 4, 2011.

An official spokesperson said that during the three-day
period, the national flag will be flown at half mast throughout the state, adding all functions stand cancelled.

Former Haryana Chief Minister and Indian National Lok Dal
(INLD) supremo Om Parkash Chautala said Lal was an "active and
soft spoken politician."
Haryana Governor Jagannath Pahadia said Lal was an able
parliamentarian and man of the masses.

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said Lal`s death
will leave a big void in Haryana political circles.

Badal`s son and Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh
Badal and Punjab Governor and Administrator UT Chandigarh
Shivraj V Patil also expressed grief at his demise.

Patil said Lal was a seasoned politician and good
administrator who strived for the uplift of the poor.

O P Dhankar, national president of Kisan Morcha Bharatiya
Janta Party (BJP), said Lal was an institution in himself.

Meanwhile, President Pratibha Patil also condoled
Bhajan`s death even as Congress president Sonia Gandhi said
that in his death the nation had lost a senior political
leader and an able administrator.

Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar said that Lal as an
agriculture minister two decades back had taken a number of
decisions for the welfare of farmers and the growth of

Condoling Bhajan`s death, Rajasthan chief minister Ashok
Gehlot said in his message that the former chief minister
would be remembered for the developmental work he did in

Rajasthan governor Shivraj Patil also expressed grief over
the demise.


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