Sonia Gandhi condoles demise of Baba Santa Singh

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Patiala, May 16 (UNI) Congress President Sonia Gandhi has condoled the death of Baba Santa Singh, chieftain of the Budha Dal sect of the Nihang Sikhs.

Baba Balbir Singh, the new head of the Nihang sect today said Ms Sonia Gandhi had contacted him over phone after the veteran Sikh leader died following prolonged illness on May 8.

Ms Gandhi lauded Baba Santa Singh's role as a confidant of then prime minister Indira Gandhi.

The Baba had led the 'Kar Sewa' to reconstruct Akal Takhat Sahib on her request after the ''operation Bluestar.'' The Congress chief extended her deep sympathies towards entire Sikh panth saying that the Gandhi family had great regard for Baba Santa Singh, Baba Balbir Singh said.

Former Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh and his wife and Patiala MP Preneet Kaur had also condolenced the demise of Baba Santa Singh, he said.

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