Former Congress minister Jasjit Singh Randhawa (67) died of a heart attack in Sri Lanka on Wednesday.Randhawa was a two-time MLA from Ghanaur assembly constituency in Patiala district. Born in 1947 at Lakha Singhwala village in Fatehgarh Sahib district, he had won the Vidhan Sabha polls in 1992 as well as 2002. He served as a cabinet minister in the Captain Amarinder Singh government.
In the 2012 assembly elections, he lost to Akali candidate NK Sharma from the Dera Bassi seat. Polling only 9,484 votes, he forfeited his security deposit.
Badals, Captain mourn death
Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal on Wednesday condoled Randhawa’s death.
Badal described Randhawa as an honest, upright and gentleman politician. “He was one of those leaders who were totally dedicated to the cause of the downtrodden and always upheld moral values in political life,” the chief minister said.
Former chief minister and deputy leader of the Congress in the Lok Sabha Capt Amarinder Singh said Randhawa’s untimely death was a great loss to the Congress. His death has created a void in the party that will be difficult to fill, Amarinder added.