Former Union Minister Jaswant Singh passed away in New Delhi this morning following a prolonged illness. He was 82. He was admitted to Army’s Research and Reffereal Hospital in Delhi on 25th June. The Hospital said, he was being treated for sepsis with multiorgan dysfunction syndrome and effects of severe brain injury. After a fall at his residence six years ago in 2014, he had suffered a serious head injury and had slipped into coma. One of the founding members of BJP Jaswant Singh served as Minister of Defence, External Affairs and
Finance and also Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission. He was elected to the Lok Sabha four times and to Rajya Sabha five times and served as Leader of Opposition in the Upper House. He was NDA’s nominee in the Vice Presidential election in 2012. President, Vice President and Prime Minister have expressed grief on the demise of Jaswant Singh. President Ram Nath Kovind said, the demise of veteran soldier, outstanding parliamentarian, exceptional leader and intellectual, Jaswant Singh is distressing. Mr Kovind said, He combined many difficult roles with ease and equanimity. He expressed condolences to his family and friends.


Surbhi Saxena edits the daily Current Affairs News.
The author is qualified member of The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI).