CM mourns former MP Sukhdev Singh Libra’s death
KS Diwan/ royalpatiala.in/ Chandigarh
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Friday expressed profound grief over the sad demise of former Member Parliament Sukhdev Singh Libra (87), who breathed his last in a private hospital at Khanna , in Ludhiana district this morning.
Libra, who was born on November 7, 1932, was a member of the 14th and 15th Lok Sabhas. He died after a prolonged illness, family members said.He is survived by his wife, two sons and two daughters.
In a condolence message, Captain Amarinder described Libra as a grass roots leader, who always believed in value based politics. He said with the passing away of Libra, the state has been bereft of the services of a gentleman Sikh politician and a fine human being with the qualities of head and heart. The Chief Minister said Libra without caring for any post always stood firm on his unflinching principles.
Recalling a major development in national politics, Captain Amarinder said that Shiromani Akali Dal MP Libra fearlessly rising above the party lines cast his vote in favour of Dr. Manmohan Singh, the then UPA-1 Prime Minister during the floor test in the Lok Sabha on Indo-US Nuclear deal in 2008.
Captain Amarinder prayed to the Almighty to give strength to the bereaved family, relatives and friends to bear this huge loss in this hour of grief and grant eternal peace to the departed soul.
It may be recalled that Sukhdev Singh Libra was elected MLA for the first time from Khanna in 1985. He remained Member Rajya Sabha from 1998-2004 and was elected Member Parliament from Ropar in 2004 and Fatehgarh Sahib in 2009. Sukhdev Singh Libra was close to late former SGPC president and MP Gurcharan Singh Tohra. He also remained member of Shiromani Gurdwara Prabhandhak Committee for nearly 17 years.