Vijyender SharmaSHIMLA----- The Himachal Pradesh government has decided to observe three days of state mourning as a mark of respect to former Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, who passed away earlier today due to post-COVID complications.The state mourning will be observed from July 8-10.
A governmentspokes person informed that the state government has declared state mourning forthree days w.e.f. from 8th July to 10th July, 2021 as a mark of respect to Sh.Virbhadra Singh former Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, who passed away inthe early hours of 8 July, 2021. There shall be no official entertainment during this period. All state government offices including Boards,Corporations and Autonomous Institutions except the offices dealing with theessential services shall remain closed on 8th of July, 2021.
"Virbhadra Singh, former chief minister, Himachal Pradesh has passed away in the morning hours of July 8, 2021. As a mark of respect to the departed dignitary, the government of Himachal Pradesh has decided to observe three days of state mourning in the state from July 8 to July 10. There shall be no official entertainment during this period," the government said.Earlier today, the mortal remains of former Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister brought to his residence in Shimla.
The Congress leader passed away earlier this morning at Shimla's Indira Gandhi Medical College and Hospital. He had post-COVID issues like pneumonia. He also had diabetes and other health issues, the hospital said.Singh, who is a nine-time MLA and five-time member of Parliament, served as Himachal Pradesh's Chief Minister for six terms. He was 87.