Former Himachal Pradesh CM Virbhadra Singh passes away


Veteran Congress leader and Former Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh is no more. Virbhadra Singh, who was hospitalised at Shimla's Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC),  passed away after a cardiac arrest around 3.30am on Thursday. He was 87.

“He passed away this morning and his family members were beside him,” said IGMC senior medical superintendent Dr Janakraj Pakhretia.

Singh had tested positive for Covid-19 in April second week and was taken to Max Hospital in Mohali. He was discharged after treatment on April 23 but on his arrival in Shimla, he developed breathing difficulty and was admitted to IGMC. He was undergoing treatment in the cardiology department since April 23.

Virbhadra Singh, a nine-time MLA and five-time member of Parliament, was Himachal Pradesh’s chief minister for six terms since 1983. Singh also remained the leader of Opposition from March 1998 to March 2003.