Himachal CM mourns death of Jakhar

Shimla, Feb 3 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Wednesday mourned the death of former Lok Sabha speaker and Congress veteran Balram Jakhar.

He died in Delhi at the age of 92, his son Sunil Jakhar said.

“He was a man of action and who used his discretionary powers while in office for the benefit of his people, especially farmers,” an official statement quoting the chief minister said.

He said he had numerous opportunities to interact with him and gain from his wisdom.

The cremation will be held at his native village Panchkosi near Punjab’s Abohar town at 11 a.m. on Thursday, said Sunil, who is a former Punjab Congress Legislative Party leader.

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