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Former Punjab CM Barnala dies at 91

ANI  |  Chandigarh [India] 

Former Chief Minister Surjit Singh Barnala passed away on Saturday. He was 91

Barnala was admitted in the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) in and was undergoing treatment for his prolonged illness.

Barnala is survived by his wife Surjit Kaur, an active politician, and two sons and a daughter.

Barnala was also a former governor of Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, and Islands and also served as a Cabinet Minister.

Born in Ateli, Haryana, in a well-to-do family, Barnala passed from University in 1946.

He was involved in the Quit Movement of 1942.

Barnala contested the for the first time in 1952 but lost. He was later elected to in 1977 and was inducted in the Morarji Desai as an agriculture minister.

Barnala is credited for setting up Guru Nanak Dev University in Amritsar.

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First Published: Sat, January 14 2017. 18:18 IST