Shimla, July 10 (MNN) Veteran Congress leader and former Himachal Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh – who passed away early Thursday due to a cardiac arrest at the IGMC here – was cremated with full State honours at his native Rampur Bushahr on Saturday.
Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, Urban Development Minister Suresh Bhardwaj, Forest Minister Rakesh Pathania, a number of BJP and Congress leaders and thousands of people from different walks of life paid their last tributes to the veteran politician.
The late leader, affectionately called Raja Sahib as he hailed from the erstwhile royal family of Rampur-Bushahr, was Chief Minister of Himachal for six terms and a Parliamentarian for five terms. He was 87.
The Himachal government had declared a three-day State mourning in his honour from July 8 to 10. There was no official entertainment during this period. All state government offices, including boards, corporations and autonomous institutions, except offices dealing with essential services, were ordered closed on July 8.
The Chief Minister said that Virbhadra Singh contributed immensely to the development of Himachal Pradesh and welfare of its people during his long political career spanning over sixty years.
“He also gave valuable public services as a Union Minister. Virbhadra Singh would always be remembered by the people of the state for his contributions,” he added.
On July 8, President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi had expressed grief and sorrow over the demise of the veteran politician.