The President of India,
Shri Pranab Mukherjee has condoled the passing away of former Chief
Minister of Punjab, Shri Surjit Singh Barnala.
In a message to his wife, Smt. Surjit Kaur Barnala, the President has
said, “I am sad to learn about the passing away of your husband, Shri
Surjit Singh Barnala, a colleague and friend for long years.
Shri Barnala was a distinguished Statesman, Parliamentarian and able
administrator who served the nation with great distinction in various
capacities such as Chief Minister of Punjab and Governor of several
states. He also served with distinction as member of the Union Council
of Ministers, having handled portfolios of Agriculture and Chemical and
fertilisers. He will be always remembered for the strong stance he took
against the forces of extremism and the struggle he waged against
terrorists and anti national forces in our country.
In his passing away, the nation has lost a patriot and a public figure
who made important contribution to the maintaining of the unity and
integrity of our country as well as its comprehensive development.
Please accept my heartfelt condolences and convey them to all other
members of your family. May God give you and your family the strength
and courage to bear this irreparable loss”.