The Punjab Cabinet on Thursday mourned the death of comedian Jaspal Bhatti and Bollywood producer-director Yash Chopra.

The meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, also condoled the death of former MLA Malkiat Singh Keetu and veteran BJP leader Kailashpati Mishra, said an official spokesperson.

It described Bhatti as a multi-faceted personality and true son of the soil who through his rare sarcastic humour and wit made enormous contribution in sensitising the public, especially at the grassroots level in eradicating social evils.

The Cabinet felt that in the death of Bhatti a void had been created in the Punjabi film industry, TV and print media which was hard to be filled. Bhatti, 57, died in a road accident near Jalandhar on October 25.

The Cabinet also condoled the death of Yash Chopra.

Recalling his contribution to Hindi Film Industry, the Cabinet said that through his creative genius Chopra always portrayed Punjabi culture in his films, thereby championing the cause of ‘Punjab, Punjabi and Punjabiyat’.

The 80-year-old Bollywood director died of dengue in a Mumbai hospital on October 21.

Expressing grief over the demise of Mr. Mishra, the Cabinet recalled the outstanding services rendered by him as Governor of Rajasthan and Gujarat.

A two-minute silence was observed as a mark of respect to the departed souls. - PTI