Harkishan Singh Surjeet dies

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Noida, Aug 1: CPI(M) veteran leader Harkishan Singh Surjeet, who was admitted to a local hospital recently in a critical condition died on Friday, August 1 at 1335 hours. He died of multiple organ failure. The immediate cause of death was heart attack. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh condoles Surjeet's death.

Surjeet Singh (92) was admitted to the Metro hospital on July 7 following ill health. The CPM leader was put on ventilator support and doctors were keeping a close watch on his health. In May, Mr Surjeet was admitted to the same hospital in Noida's Sector 12, where he slipped into coma owing to acute respiratory problems. He was discharged in June. He is known as the Chanakya of politics. Surjeet was CPM politburo member from 1984. He was CPM general secretary from 1992-2005. CPI member D Raja said, Surjeet Singh was one of the finest of comrades. He played a big role in forming the present UPA government.

He was instrumental in forming a number of anti-BJP coalitions in the 1990s and for ensuring the left render support to the present UPA government. Surjeet was known for his steadfast opposition to the BJP and communalism.

After retiring from his post as General Secretary, Surjeet continued to play an active role in Indian national politics. His role has been that of a cunning king-maker in parliamentary politics and also in mending-assembling coalitions.He played an instrumental role in both 2004 Lok Sabha election and during the 1996-1998 United Front government.

Harkishan Singh Surjeet was born on March 23, 1916 in Punjab.

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