Former Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Jarnail Singh,48, passed away on Friday due to COVID-19 complications.Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia condoled the demise of the ex-Rajouri Garden MLA.
“Deeply saddened by the untimely demise of former Delhi MLA Sh Jarnail Singh ji. May God bless his soul. He will always be fondly remembered for his contributions to society,” tweeted Kejriwal.
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia tweeted, “The death of our former colleague at the Delhi Assembly, Jarnail Singh, is saddening for us all. We have lost a strong voice that fought for justice for the families of those who were killed in the 1984 massacre.”
As per the former AAP MLA’s family members, Jarnail Singh had been under intensive care at a super-speciality hospital for more than nine days.
This may be recalled that Singh had tendered his resignation from his seat in the Delhi Assembly to contest the Assembly Elections in Punjab in 2017.
Jarnail Singh had fought the 2017 Punjab polls from the Lambi constituency against Shiromani Akali Dal’s Parkash Singh Badal and Congress’ Amarinder Singh. Former Punjab chief minister Badal had registered victory from the high-profile seat.
A former journalist, Jarnail Singh was a resident of Delhi’s Lajpat Nagar. He had hogged the limelight in 2009 for throwing shoes at then cabinet minister P Chidambaram during a press conference.
In August 2020, the AAP had suspended Jarnail Singh from the primary membership of the party over his alleged comments on Hindu goddesses. However, Singh had claimed that his son accidentally copy-pasted the post while handling his phone during an online class.
“Aam Aadmi Party is a secular party and has no place in the party of anyone who disrespects any religion. The Sikh community is also very sad with his statement because such misfortune against any community is also against the teachings of Guru Nanak Dev Ji (sic),” the AAP had said in a statement.