Former Union minister and Congress leader Buta Singh passes away

Highlights:

  • 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.