Congress leader Sukh Ram passes away
Sukh Ram served as minister of state for defence production and supplies, planning and food and civil supplies.While Sukh Ram represented the Mandi Lok Sabha constituency, his son Anil Sharma contested and won the assembly seat in 1993.
The Congress leader, who was airlifted and admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi on May 7 after suffering a brain stroke in Manali in Himachal Pradesh, died at the hospital at 1:35 am, hospital sources said. Sukh Ram's grandson Aashray Sharma said his body will be kept at Seri Manch in Himachal Pradesh's Mandi to enable people to pay their last respects on Thursday.
''Goodbye grandfather, the phone won't ring now (alvida dadajee, abhi nahi bajegee phone ki ghanti),'' Sharma said in a Facebook post around 2 am on Wednesday. In another post, Sharma said Sukh Ram's body will reach his home city Mandi on Wednesday at 6 pm.
''With a very heavy heart I bid farewell to my beloved Dadaji Pandit Sukh Ram Sharma. Even though you're gone, I know you'll always be with me, guiding me, looking over me and blessing me like you always do.Rest in peace dadaji, you will be dearly missed,'' the Congress leader's other grandson Aayush Sharma posted on Instagram.
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur expressed condolences over Sukh Ram's demise. In a tweet in Hindi, he said, ''I am grief stricken to hear the news of death of former union minister and veteran leader from Mandi Pandit Sukh Ram Jee.'' His contribution to politics was very vital and will be always remembered, he added. ''May Ishwar provide place to his departed soul at His feet and his bereaved family get strength to bear the irreparable loss,'' he added.
Thakur had on May 7 provided a state helicopter for airlifting the veteran political leader to Delhi for treatment.
He won five assembly elections and was thrice elected to Lok Sabha.
Born on July 27,1927, Sukh Ram had represented the Mandi assembly seat from 1963 to 1984. During his tenure as state animal husbandry minister, he was credited with bringing cows from Germany which led to an increase in income of farmers.
He was elected to the Lok Sabha in 1984 and served as a junior minister in the Rajiv Gandhi government. Sukh Ram served as minister of state for defence production and supplies, planning and food and civil supplies.
While Sukh Ram represented the Mandi Lok Sabha constituency, his son Anil Sharma contested and won the assembly seat in 1993. The Congress leader had won the Mandi Lok Sabha seat in 1996, but he and his son were expelled from the party after the telecom scam.
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