Former Union minister and senior Congress leader Buta Singh passed away on Saturday, news agency ANI reported. He was 86.
Singh fought his first elections as an Akali Dal member and joined the Indian National Congress in the 1960s. He was first elected to the 3rd Lok Sabha in 1962, from the Sadhna constituency. He was the Union Home Minister from 1986-1989 in the Rajiv Gandhi government. Before that he held the position of Agriculture Minister from 1984-1986 under Rajiv Gandhi’s leadership.
He was the Chairperson of the National Commission For Schedule Cast from 2007 to 2010.
He also authored a collection of articles on Punjabi literature and Sikh history and a book called Punjabi Speaking State (a critical analysis).
Reacting to the sad news PM Modi expressed his condolences on Twitter.
Shri Buta Singh Ji was an experienced administrator and effective voice for the welfare of the poor as well as downtrodden. Saddened by his passing away. My condolences to his family and supporters.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 2, 2021