Bern: President Pratiba Patil on Tuesday condoled
the death of former Bihar chief minister Bhagwat Jha Azad.
President Patil, who is on a state visit to Switzerland,
said Azad was a public figure deeply committed to the welfare
of the people of Bihar.
A six-time member of the Lok Sabha from Bhagalpur in
Bihar, Azad died in New Delhi today after a prolonged illness.
He was 89.
Azad, father of cricketer-turned-politician Kirti Azad,
had been ailing for some time and was admitted to the All
India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).
A veteran Congressman, Azad was the Chief Minister of
Bihar between February 14, 1988, and March 10, 1989.