INDORE: Urmila Singh, Former Himachal Pradesh governor and Congress leader died today due to prolonged illness at a private hospital in Indore. She was 71.
On January 6 she was admitted to Bombay hospital after she had contracted pneumonia, a hospital official said.
Singh was kept on a life support systems a long time and her condition remained unstable.
She also suffered from some brain problem which affected her consciousness, the official said.
Belonging to a family of freedom fighters, Singh was appointed as the governor of Himachal Pradesh in 2010. Prior to that, she had served as the chairman of the National Scheduled Tribes Commission (NCTC).
Singh had also served as a minister in Madhya Pradesh government and had headed the state Congress unit.
“I’m sorry to hear about the demise of Smt Urmila Singh ji, former Governor and President of the Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee. My thoughts and prayers are with her family in their time of grief. May her soul rest in peace,” Rahul Gandhi said on Twitter.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, state Congress president Kamal Nath, Leader of Opposition Ajay Singh and other also expressed grief over Singh’s demise.