CHANDIHGARH: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to visit Chandigarh on Wednesday to pay his last respects to former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal. Badal passed away on Tuesday at a private hospital in Mohali where he was admitted for over a week.
In a tweet on Tuesday, Modi had expressed his condolences and described Badal as a “colossal figure of Indian politics” and a “remarkable statesman who contributed greatly to our nation.” The prime minister also mentioned that Badal’s demise was a personal loss for him, as he had interacted closely with him for many decades and learned a lot from him.
Shri Parkash Singh Badal’s passing away is a personal loss for me. I have interacted closely with him for many decades and learnt so much from him. I recall our numerous conversations, in which his wisdom was always clearly seen. Condolences to his family and countless admirers. pic.twitter.com/YtD9xKsos2— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 25, 2023
The mortal remains of Badal were brought to the Shiromani Akali Dal party office in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Badal was a patriarch of the Shiromani Akali Dal, a regional political party in Punjab. He was 95 years old.
According to ANI, Mortal remains of former Punjab CM and Shiromani Akali Dal patron Parkash Singh Badal being taken to Shiromani Akali Dal party office in Chandigarh PM Narendra Modi will pay final tributes to him at the party office at 12 pm, as per sources.
#WATCH | Flower petals being showered as the ambulance carrying mortal remains of former Punjab CM & Shiromani Akali Dal patron Parkash Singh Badal reaches party office in Chandigarh— ANI (@ANI) April 26, 2023
Mortal remains will be kept in party office for public to pay final respects pic.twitter.com/ccHGVqADJ8
#WATCH | Mortal remains of former Punjab CM and Shiromani Akali Dal patron Parkash Singh Badal being taken to Shiromani Akali Dal party office in Chandigarh— ANI (@ANI) April 26, 2023
PM Narendra Modi will pay final tributes to him at the party office at 12 pm, as per sources. pic.twitter.com/drANxMq4zC
Badal was admitted to the hospital in Mohali after he complained of breathing difficulties. He was diagnosed with acute exacerbation of bronchial asthma and was being managed by a team of doctors. Despite appropriate medical management, he passed away on Tuesday evening.
Badal had been the chief minister of Punjab for five terms and had contributed significantly to the state’s progress. He had also served as a Union minister and a member of Parliament. His death is a great loss to Indian politics and he will always be remembered as a stalwart leader who worked tirelessly for the welfare of his people.