Former Haryana Governor Harcharan Singh Brar passes away
Former chief minister of Punjab and former Governor of Haryana and Orissa, Harcharan Singh Brar, died in his native village Sarai Naga in the district on Sunday at the age of 87.india Updated: Sep 06, 2009 19:15 IST
Former chief minister of Punjab and former Governor of Haryana and Orissa, Harcharan Singh Brar, died in his native village Sarai Naga in the district on Sunday at the age of 87 following prolonged illness.
Brar, who was a senior Congress leader, is survived by his widow Gurbinder Kaur Brar, son Kanwarjit Singh Brar, who is an MLA from Muktsar, and a daughter Kanwaljit Kaur alias Bubli Brar, his family said.
Punjab Government has declared a three-day state mourning while the Haryana Government has declared two day mourning as a mark of respect to Brar.
During the mourning period the national flag would be flown at half-mast throughout the two states and there will be no official entertainment during the period, official spokesmen of the two states said.
Punjab Government has also declared a holiday in all government offices, boards, corporations and educational institutions tomorrow.
Brar, who remained Governor of Haryana from September 24, 1977 to December 9, 1979 and that of Orissa for around six months in 1976, will be cremated in his native village Sarai Naga on Monday afternoon.
He had taken over as Chief Minister of Punjab on August 31, 1995 after the assassination of the then Chief Minister Beant Singh in a bomb blast outside the Punjab and Haryana Secretariat in Chandigarh.
He remained chief minister till November 21, 1996 and was also credited with the creation of Muktsar and Moga districts out of Faridkot district.