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Former AAP MLA Jarnail Singh succumbs to Covid complications

Jarnail Singh was a journalist and an author, and worked with those who suffered violence during the 1984 riots.

Jarnail Singh with Arvind Kejriwal in Muktsar. (Express Photo by Gurmeet Singh)

Former Aam Aadmi Party MLA Jarnail Singh (47) died Friday after contracting Covid in the last week of April. The former Rajouri Garden MLA was admitted to hospital in the ICU.

Singh was admitted in the Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital for the past 12-13 days, his brother Karnail told PTI. “”His High-resolution CT (HRCT) of the chest score was 14/25 which was a little above moderate in terms of infection. But then his condition deteriorated,” Karnail said.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal condoled his death.

“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,” he tweeted.

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Singh contested and won the 2015 Assembly elections from Rajouri Garden. He, however, resigned in 2017 and contested from the Lambi seat in Punjab against now Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and former Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal. Badal won the seat.

He had also contested the 2014 Lok Sabha polls from West Delhi, but lost.

Singh did not contest from AAP again and was suspended from the party after an objectionable post was made on his Facebook profile in August last year.

Singh was a journalist and an author, and worked with those who suffered violence during the 1984 riots. He also threw a shoe at former Home Minister P Chidambaram over Congress leaders being given a clean chit in the riots.

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Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia tweeted Friday: “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.”

(With PTI inputs)

First published on: 14-05-2021 at 10:29 IST
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