ANI Photo | “End of an era” : LS Speaker Om Birla condoles demise of Parkash Singh Badal

Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Tuesday condoled the passing away of Shiromani Akali Dal patron Parkash Singh Badal, saying that his demise marks the end of an era in the country’s politics.
“Saddened by the news of the demise of former chief minister of Punjab and senior leader Sardar Parkash Singh Badal-ji,” a press note quoted Birla as saying.
He said throughout his life, the former five-time chief minister waged a struggle in the interest of common people and farmers.
“He made an important contribution in the development of society, state and the country. Badal also played an important role in strengthening democratic values. Undoubtedly, his demise marks the end of an era in Indian politics. May God give strength to his family and supporters to bear this unbearable pain,” Birla said.
Badal passed away at Fortis Hospital Mohali on Tuesday at the age of 95.
His mortal remains will be kept at the party office in Chandigarh tomorrow for paying last respects. The funeral procession will start at around 1 pm. A vehicle, carrying mortal remains, will set off for Badal village via Rajpura, Bathinda.
Condoling his demise, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Badal was a colossal figure of Indian politics and a remarkable statesman who contributed greatly to our nation.
Taking to Twitter, PM Modi said, “Extremely saddened by the passing away of Shri Parkash Singh Badal Ji. He was a colossal figure of Indian politics, and a remarkable statesman who contributed greatly to our nation. He worked tirelessly for the progress of Punjab and anchored the state through critical times.”
Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also extended his condolences to Badal’s bereaved family and supporters.
“Shri Prakash Singh Badal ji was a political stalwart who played a significant role in Punjab politics for many decades. In his long political and administrative career, he made several noteworthy contributions towards the welfare of farmers and other weaker sections of our society,” he said in a tweet.
He added, “Badal Sahab was the son of soil who remained connected to his roots, all his life. I fondly remember my interactions with him on several issues. I’m deeply anguished by his demise. His demise is a personal loss to me. My heartfelt condolences to his bereaved family and supporters. Om Shanti!”
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi also expressed condolences to the bereaved family members and supporters.
“The news of the demise of Sardar Parkash Singh Badal, former Chief Minister of Punjab and former President of Shiromani Akali Dal, is sad. He was a lifelong leader of the politics of India and Punjab. I express my deepest condolences to all his bereaved family members and supporters including Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal,” Rahul said in a tweet.
Delhi CM and AAP national convenor Arvind Kejriwal also expressed condolences to SAD president Sukhbir Badal and his family.
“Received the extremely saddening news of the demise of former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal. May Waheguru ji give his departed soul a place in his holy feet. My condolence is with Sukhbir Badal ji and his entire family,” Kejriwal tweeted.
BJP national spokesperson Jaiveer Shergill also expressed condolence saying that Parkash Singh Badal’s contribution will never be forgotten.
Punjab Chief Minsiter Bhagwant Mann also voiced grief over the death of his predecessor.
“Received the sad news of the death of the former Chief Minister of Punjab, Parkash Singh Badal,” he said on Twitter.
“Saddened to hear about passing of Sardar Parkash Singh Badal. Today, Punjab has lost a stalwart who contributed immensely towards development & well-being of Punjab. Badal Saab’s contribution will never be forgotten. Condolences to entire family @officeofssbadal” he said on Twitter.
Rajya Sabha MP and AAP leader Raghav Chadha also expressed grief on the politician’s demise.
“Saddened by the news of the passing away of former chief minister of Punjab, Sardar Prakash Singh Badal. My deepest condolences to his family and friends,” Chadha said on Twitter.
The Fortis Hospital, in an official media bulletin earlier, stated, “S Parkash Singh Badal, Former Chief Minister of Punjab, was admitted at Fortis Hospital Mohali on April 16, 2023, with acute exacerbation of bronchial asthma. He was shifted to the medical ICU on 18th April as his respiratory condition worsened. He had been on NIV and HFNC support along with medical management”.
“He was being managed under Prof (Dr) Digambar Behera along with the Pulmonology and critical care team supported by Cardiology. Despite appropriate medical management S Parkash Singh Badal succumbed to his illness. Fortis Hospital Mohali deeply condoles the death of S Parkash Singh Badal,” the statement added.
Badal was admitted to ICU on April 21, following complaints of breathing difficulties, his party had informed earlier.
Badal served as Punjab CM from 1970-1971, 1977-1980, from 1997-2002, and from 2007-2017.
He was also the youngest to have ever held the CM’s office in Punjab.

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