Punjab declares holiday tomorrow in honour of deceased Parkash Singh Badal

The last rites of Parkash Singh Badal will be held at his ancestral village Badal.Mortal remains will be placed at party office

Mohali: The Punjab government has announced a public holiday tomorrow (27th April) in honour of Shiromani Akali Dal patriarch and five-time Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, who passed away on April 25.

Badal breathed his last at a private hospital near here at the age of 95. He had been suffering from various health issues for some time.

Since the cremation of Badal is to be performed on Thursday, the state government has announced a public holiday for the day, officials.

The last rites will be held at his ancestral village Badal in Muktsar district. A sea of people, comprising political leaders cutting across party lines and dignitaries, are expected to attend the cremation.

Badal’s mortal remains will be placed for paying last respects at the party office in Chandigarh from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesday. Later it will be transported to his ancestral village by road.

The Bharatiya Janata Party-led central government has declared national mourning on Wednesday and Thursday following Badal’s demise.

Chief Minister Bhagwant Singh Mann mourned the loss and said the state had lost a towering figure. Prime Minister Narendra Modi remembered his decades-long association with Badal and said his death was a personal loss to him.

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Condoling his death, Prime Minister Modi tweeted: “Extremely saddened by the passing away of Shri Parkash Singh Badal Ji. He was a colossal figure of Indian politics, and a remarkable statesman who contributed greatly to our nation. He worked tirelessly for the progress of Punjab and anchored the state through critical times.”

The Prime Minister added that Badal’s passing away was a personal loss for him.

“I have interacted closely with him for many decades and learnt so much from him. I recall our numerous conversations, in which his wisdom was always clearly seen. Condolences to his family and countless admirers,” he said further.

Home Minister Amit Shah tweeted: “The passing away of veteran leader, Shri Parkash Singh Badal Sahab is deeply saddening. His career spanning several decades was dedicated to the welfare of the poor. His demise is an irreparable loss to Indian politics. My heartfelt condolences are with his family and followers.”

The central government announced that state mourning will be observed across India to pay respect to former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal who died on April 25.

The two-day state mourning will be observed from April 26 to 27 where the national flag will be flown at half-mast on all buildings and there will be no official entertainment for these two days.

Badal also served as a Union Minister in the late 1970s.

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