New Delhi: Former Punjab minister and Senior Shiromani Akali Dal leader Tota Singh passed away on Saturday, May 21, at the age of 81 years. He was admitted to a private hospital for prolonged illness.
In a tweet in Punjabi, Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann expressed grief over Tota Singh’s death.
ਸ਼੍ਰੋਮਣੀ ਅਕਾਲੀ ਦਲ ਦੇ ਸੀਨੀਅਰ ਆਗੂ ਤੇ ਸਾਬਕਾ ਕੈਬਨਿਟ ਮੰਤਰੀ ਜੱਥੇਦਾਰ ਤੋਤਾ ਸਿੰਘ ਜੀ ਦੇ ਅਕਾਲ ਚਲਾਣੇ ‘ਤੇ ਦੁੱਖ ਪ੍ਰਗਟ ਕਰਦਾ ਹਾਂ..ਪਰਮਾਤਮਾ ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਦੀ ਰੂਹ ਨੂੰ ਸ਼ਾਂਤੀ ਬਖ਼ਸ਼ੇ..ਪਰਿਵਾਰ ਨੂੰ ਭਾਣਾ ਮੰਨਣ ਦਾ ਬਲ਼ ਬਖ਼ਸ਼ੇ। pic.twitter.com/I45L6lpsiH
— Bhagwant Mann (@BhagwantMann) May 21, 2022
SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal said Singh was a father figure to him.
“Deeply saddened to learn about the demise of senior Akali leader Jathedar Tota Singh Ji. Jathedar Sahab was a father figure to me & a source of inspiration for all of us. His invaluable advice & wise counsel will always be missed. I stand with the Brar family in this hour of grief,” Badal tweeted.
Deeply saddened to learn about the demise of senior Akali leader Jathedar Tota Singh Ji. Jathedar sahab was a father figure to me & a source of inspiration for all of us. His invaluable advice & wise counsel will always be missed. I stand with Brar family in this hour of grief. pic.twitter.com/MnBYsUzmkG
— Sukhbir Singh Badal (@officeofssbadal) May 21, 2022
Former Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh said, “My heartfelt condolences are with the family of former agriculture minister Jathedar Tota Singh ji who passed away today. I pray to Waheguru Ji to grant eternal peace to the departed soul and strength to the family to bear this loss.”
Tota Singh had served as the agriculture and education minister in the Akali government. He was the senior vice-president and a member of the core committee of the SAD.He was also a member of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee.
Tota Singh was elected as legislator for the first time from the Moga Assembly seat in 1997. He was inducted as education minister in the Parkash Singh Badal-led government at that time.
He was re-elected from Moga in the 2002 Assembly elections but he lost in 2007. Tota Singh was elected from the Dharamkot Assembly seat in 2012 and became the agriculture minister. He, however, lost the assembly elections in 2017 and 2022.