After the sudden death of Jalandhar Congress MP Santosh Singh Chaudhary, the party suspended the ongoing Bharat Jodo Yatra on Saturday and canceled Rahul Gandhi’s press conference in Jalandhar.
Ludhiana (Punjab): After the sudden death of Jalandhar Congress MP Santokh Singh Chaudhary, the party has suspended the Bharat Jodo Yatra on Saturday and canceled Rahul Gandhi’s press conference in Jalandhar on Sunday.
Santokh Singh Chaudhary (77) passed away on Saturday due to a heart attack. Singh was traveling with Rahul Gandhi on the Bharat Jodo Yatra when he collapsed due to a heart attack on Saturday morning. The journey was suspended for the day. Chaudhary was rushed to a hospital in Phagwada where he was declared brought dead.
Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh Raja Waring said the MP’s last rites will be performed on Sunday and the yatra will remain suspended till then.
“The trip has been postponed for today. The funeral will be held tomorrow. I haven’t spoken to Rahul Gandhi yet but we all feel that the yatra should resume after the last rites. The Punjab Congress chief told reporters that it will remain suspended until the cremation is stopped.
Congress General Secretary In-Charge Communications Jairam Ramesh said on Twitter, “Due to the unexpected and shocking death of Congress MP from Jalandhar Santokh Singh Chaudhary, Rahul Gandhi’s press conference scheduled for tomorrow in Jalandhar will now be postponed to January. 17 in Hoshiarpur.
“Santokh Singh Chaudhary, aged 76, Congress MP from Jalandhar, died of a sudden cardiac arrest during the Bharat Jodo Yatra this morning. Our deepest condolences to his family. There will be some changes in the yatra schedule which will be shared soon,” he added.
Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge has condoled the death of Santosh Singh.
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“Deeply shocked and saddened to learn of the untimely demise of our MP Santokh Singh Chaudhary. His defeat is a big blow to the party and organization. My heart goes out to his family, friends and followers at this sad time. May his soul rest in peace,” tweeted Kharge.
Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann has condoled the death of Singh.
“Deeply saddened by the untimely demise of Congress Jalandhar MP Santokh Singh Chaudhary. May God rest his soul,” Mann tweeted.
Former Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has also condoled the demise of the Congress MP.
“Deeply saddened to hear of the sudden demise of MP Santokh Singh Chaudhary ji today due to a heart attack. My condolences are with the entire family in their time of sorrow. Waheguru ji may the departed soul rest in eternal peace,” tweeted Captain Amarinder Singh.
Expressing his condolences, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla said, “We condole the demise of Jalandhar Lok Sabha MP Santokh Singh. During his long public career, he always raised his voice on issues of public interest. Discipline in the hall was a hallmark of his personality. May God give peace to the departed soul. My condolences to the family members. “
Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal said on Twitter, “Saddened to hear the news of Jalandhar MP Santokh Chaudhary’s demise. My condolences to his son Vikramjit Singh Chaudhary, family and followers. May Gurusaheb grant his soul eternal peace.”
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