New Delhi: Previous Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister and Congress veteran Virbhadra Singh dies in the wee hours of Thursday (July 7, 2021) after fighting a prolonged illness. The Congress leader was 87. The veteran political leader expired at Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC) at 3:40 am, senior Medical Superintendent, Dr. Janak Raj reported.
The authorities also added that the veteran leader endured from a cardiac attack on Monday and was in critical condition. Virbhadra Singh was admitted in the critical care unit of IGMC.
Dr. Janak Raj also stated that Virbhadra Singh was placed on a ventilator under the superintendence of the doctors of the cardiology department on Wednesday after he had a respiration problem.
Virbhadra Singh was a nine-time MLA and five-time MP. He served as Himachal Pradesh’s chief minister six times.
Virbhadra was probed positive for COVID-19 on June 11 for the second time in two months. He had before tested positive for the virus on April 12 and was taken to Max Hospital in Mohali.
Singh had come back home in Holly Lodge here on April 30 from the Chandigarh hospital after getting healed of the first contamination. However, he was admitted to IGMC within hours after reaching home, as he had cardiac and breathing problems. He was under treatment in the hospital ever since then.
The veteran Congress leader stayed chief minister of the state for six times- from April 8, 1983 to March 5, 1990, December 3, 1993 to March 23, 1998 and from March 6, 2003 to December 29, 2007 and for the sixth time from December 25, 2012 to December 26, 2017. Singh also stayed the leader of the Opposition from March 1998 to March 2003.
The expert Congress leader also presented as union deputy minister, Tourism and Civil Aviation, minister of state for industries, union minister of steel and Union Minister of micro, small & medium enterprises (MSME).