Former union minister Digvijay Singh dies in London

Former union minister and Lok Sabha MP from Bihar, Digvijay Singh, passed away in a hospital in London, a member of his personal staff said here Thursday. He was 54.

Last Updated: Jun 24, 2010, 15:40 PM IST

New Delhi: Former union minister and Lok Sabha MP from Bihar, Digvijay Singh, passed away in a hospital in London, a member of his personal staff said here Thursday. He was 54.

"He died at the St. Thomas Hospital in London," his aide SK Mishra said. Digvijay Singh is survived by his wife Putul Kumari and two daughters.

His family sources said he was undergoing treatment for brain haemorrhage.

Digvijay Singh, a former Janata Dal-United (JD-U) leader, won the 2009 Lok Sabha election from Banka constituency as an independent candidate.

He was educated at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and Tokyo University.

Digvijay Singh, who was first elected to Rajya Sabha in 1990, was the deputy minister for finance and external affairs during the 1990-91 period.

He was elected to the 12th Lok Sabha in 1998.

After being re-elected to the 13th Lok Sabh in 1999, he also served as minister of state for Railways, Commerce and Industry and external affairs in the National Democratic Alliance government of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

He was also president of the National Rifle Association of India and a member of the Court of Jawaharlal Nehru University.

Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj has condoled the death of Digvijay Singh.

IANS