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Former union minister, Col Ram Singh passes away

india Updated: Jan 31, 2012 01:28 IST

Former union minister and a former Speaker of the Haryana Vidhan Sabaha Col (retd) Ram Singh died of renal failure at the Medanta Medicity Hospital in Gurgaon today.

He was 87 and is survived by his wife Sharda Devi, son Sanjay Rao and two daughters- Sandhya and Vinita.

His mortal remains will be cremated at his farm house at the nearby Hussainpur village tomorrow morning and Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda will among others attend the funeral, family sources said.

Singh, who was commissioned in the Army on June 20, 1944, made his contribution to the operational services of the Army in Arakan Burma (1944-45), Jammu and Kashmir (1947-48), Chinese aggression (1962) and Indo-Pak war (1965).

He retired from Army service on November 18, 1968 after which he plunged into politics and was elected MLA from Rewari as a Janata party candidate in May, 1977. He was again elected MLA from Rewari in 1982.

Singh remained Education Minister, Speaker and Transport Minister in the Haryana government from 1977 to 1987.

He was elected to Parliament as a Congress candidate from Mahendergarh constituency in 1991 and was made Union Minister of State for Rural Development in July, 1992.

Later, he was elected MP again on BJP ticket in 1996.