Badal’s wife passes away, cremation Wednesday (Lead)

May 24th, 2011 - 7:40 pm ICT by IANS  

Shivraj Patil Chandigarh, May 24 (IANS) Surinder Kaur Badal, wife of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, died at the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) here Tuesday after a prolonged battle with cancer, doctors said. She was 72.

Surinder Kaur was admitted to the PGIMER here earlier this month in a serious condition. She was earlier in the US for several months for treatment.

She is survived by her husband, daughter Preneet and son Sukhbir, who is the Akali Dal president and Punjab’s deputy chief minister.

Official sources said Surinder Kaur would be cremated Wednesday at Badal village in Muktsar district of southwest Punjab.

Punjab Governor Shivraj Patil mourned the death of Surinder Kaur. Senior leaders of the ruling Akali Dal and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), cabinet ministers, legislators and others also mourned the passing away of Surinder Kaur.

She remained a pillar of strength for Parkash singh Badal through his over 50-year political career. Of this, Badal spent 17 years in jail for leading various agitations.

Born June 26, 1938, in village Chak Fateh Singh Wala in Bathinda district, she was married to Badal in 1959.

Active in social causes, she campaigned to improve the ‘langar sewa’ (community kitchen) at the Harmandir Sahib, the holiest of the Sikh shrines, popularly known as the Golden Temple, in Amritsar.

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