Ex-minister Prasanni Devi passes away

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jan 13, 2015 23:24 IST

Senior Congress leader and former minister Prasanni Devi, 83, passed away at New Delhi's Apollo hospital on Tuesday.

Prasanni Devi, who was MLA for six times, was first elected as MLA in 1962 in joint Punjab. Thereafter, she was elected from different assembly seats of Haryana in 1967, 1968, 1972, 1982 and 2005. She was also president of the state women wing of Congress.

While she headed the party's women wing in Karnal in 1959, she rose to the post of convener of women wing of the state party body. She remained an MLA for 15 years in a row in Punjab and Haryana Vidhan Sabha. She was education, transport, excise and taxation minister from 1973 to 1977 and public health and agriculture minister from 1982 to 1987 and also remained general secretary of All India Women Congress from 2000 to 2002.

Haryana chief minister ML Khattar expressed grief over the demise of former minister and said her death was an irreparable loss to the state.

Condoling her death, Haryana Congress president Ashok Tanwar said that her contribution to the party and the state was significant.

The last rites of the leader will be performed at Dhillon Farm, Kurukshetra, on Wednesday.

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