Former Union minister and Congress leader Buta Singh passes away
- Former Union minister and senior Congress leader Buta Singh passes away at the age of 86.
- He was in a coma since October last year when he was
admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) after he
suffered a brain hemorrhage.
- Singh was a prominent Dalit leader and a Union minister in
the Rajiv Gandhi government from 1986-1989.
- Buta Singh fought his first elections as an Akali Dal member and joined the Indian National Congress in 1960s.
- He was first elected to the 3rd Lok Sabha in 1962, from the Sadhna constituency.
- He subsequently held many positions including those of the Union home minister and Union agriculture minister.
- He was the chairperson of the National Commission For Scheduled Caste from 2007 to 2010.
- He also authored a collection of articles on Punjabi literature and Sikh history and wrote a book Punjabi Speaking State: A Critical Analysis.