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Chaudhary Ranbir Singh passes away

Chaudhary Ranbir Singh

Chaudhary Ranbir Singh  

Special Correspondent

He was the lone surviving member of the Constituent Assembly

CHANDIGARH: The lone surviving member of the Constituent Assembly, Ranbir Singh, father of Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, passed away on Sunday at his residence in Rohtak. He was 94. According to an official spokesman, the cremation will take place at Rohtak on Monday with full state honours.

The Haryana Government declared a three-day State mourning. The Government also declared holiday on Monday in all its offices and educational institutions. The Budget session of the Assembly, which was scheduled to commence from Monday, would now be held after the State mourning.

The Chief Minister and other members of the family were at his bed-side when Chaudhary Ranbir Singh passed away. Thousands of mourners from all parts of the State started descending on the Hooda residence to pay their last respects to the departed leader.

Chaudhary Ranbir Singh was a disciple of Mahatma Gandhi, an eminent freedom fighter, distinguished parliamentarian and an able administrator.

He went to jail several times during the freedom struggle. He accompanied Mahatma Gandhi during the course of his peace tours to the districts of Rohtak and Gurgaon. The Congress sent him to the Constituent Assembly in July 1947. He was also a member of the Provisional Parliament from 1950 to 52. He contested from the Rohtak Lok Sabha seat and won it with a thumping majority. In the second General Elections in 1957, he again contested and won from his old constituency of Rohtak. In 1962, he shifted to state politics of Punjab. He was inducted into the Punjab Council of Ministers and held two important portfolios of Power and Irrigation. He made substantial contribution in the making of the Bhakra Dam. On the formation of Haryana on November 1, 1966, he shifted to his State and was made a Cabinet Minister in the Bhagwat Dayal Sharma Ministry. In the 1968 mid-term Assembly elections, he won from Kiloi constituency.

In 1972, he again shifted to the central arena when he was elected to the Rajya Sabha. He also served as president of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee for two years between 1977 and1980.

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