Veteran Congress leader Arjun Singh dead

Last Updated: Fri, Mar 04, 2011 14:05 hrs

New Delhi: Veteran Congress leader and former union minister Arjun Singh, who had served in various capacities including as Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister, died on Friday.

He was 81.

Admitted to the AIIMS some days ago with chest pain and neuro problems, Singh complained of breathing problem around 5:30 pm. He suffered a heart attack and breathed his last around 6:15 pm, sources said.

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A loyalist of the Gandhi family, Singh was vice-president of the Congress under Rajiv Gandhi in the eighties and was also Governor of Punjab at the height of militancy and was instrumental in the Rajiv-Longowal accord.

Incidentally, Singh was on Friday dropped from the Congress Working Committee and was made a Permanent Invitee.

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Singh leaves wife Saroj Devi, two sons -- Ajay Singh, an MLA in Madhya Pradesh and Abhimanyu -- and daughter Veena.