Akali leader and former Punjab education minister Tota Singh Dead at 81

Tota Singh Dead at 81

Senior Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Tota Singh passed away on Saturday (May 21, 2022) due to a prolonged illness.

Tota Singh Dead at 81

Tota Singh, a senior Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) politician and former Punjab minister, died on Saturday at a private hospital in Mohali after a protracted illness.
In the Akali administration, Singh was the agriculture and education minister. He was a member of the SAD’s core committee and senior vice president.

He was also a member of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee.

Singh was elected as legislator for the first time from the Moga Assembly seat in 1997. He was inducted as education minister in the Parkash Singh Badal-led government at that time.

In the 2002 Assembly elections, he was re-elected from Moga, but he lost in 2007. In 2012, Singh was elected as the Agriculture Minister from the Dharamkot Assembly constituency. Singh, on the other hand, lost the 2017 and 2022 assembly elections.

SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal expressed grief over Singh’s death.

“Deeply saddened to learn about the demise of senior Akali leader Jathedar Tota Singh Ji. Jathedar sahab was a father figure to me & a source of inspiration for all of us. His invaluable advice & wise counsel will always be missed. I stand with Brar family in this hour of grief,” Badal tweeted.

Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh Raja Warring also condoled the death of Tota Singh.

“My heartfelt condolences over the sad demise of veteran Akali leader, Jathedar Tota Singh Ji,” Warring said in a tweet.


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