tota singh: Veteran Akali leader Tota Singh has died

Tota Singh, 81, a senior Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader and former Punjab minister, died at a private hospital in Mohali on Saturday after a long illness.

Singh served as Minister of Agriculture and Education in the Akali government. He was senior vice president of SAD and a member of the core committee.

He was also a member of the Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee.

Singh was elected MLA for the first time from Moga Assembly seat in 1997. At that time, he was appointed Minister of Education in the Prakash Singh Badal-led government.

He was re-elected from Moga in the 2002 assembly elections, but lost in 2007. Singh was elected from the Dharmakot assembly constituency in 2012 and became the Minister of Agriculture. Singh, however, lost the assembly elections in 2017 and 2022.

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May 24 will be held in his birthplace Moga.

In a Punjabi-language tweet, he expressed grief over the death of Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Man Singh.

SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal said Singh was his father’s personality.

“I am deeply saddened to learn of the death of veteran Akali leader Jathedar Tota Singh Ji. Mr. Jathedar was a father figure to me and a source of inspiration to all of us. His invaluable advice and wise counsel will always be missed. I stand with Brar. Family in time, ā€¯Badal tweeted.

SAD leader Daljit Singh Cheema said, “For the information of all, the funeral will be held for Tota Singh Ji, a former minister and senior leader of SAD Jat, who left for his heavenly abode this morning, May 24 (Tuesday) at 11 am in Moga.”

Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh Raja Waring has also expressed grief over Singh’s death.

“My deepest condolences on the tragic death of veteran Akali leader Jathedar Tota Singh Ji,” Waring said in a tweet.

Former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said, “My heartfelt condolences go out to the family of former Agriculture Minister Jathedar Tota Singh Ji who passed away today.

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