Nov 27, 2008

India - Former PM V.P.Singh dies

NEW DELHI: Former Prime Minister V P Singh, who formed the first non-Congress coalition government at the Centre dethroning Rajiv Gandhi-led Congress in the 1989
elections, died Thursday after prolonged illness.

Battling blood cancer since 1991 and suffering from renal failure, 77-year-old Singh, also known as 'Raja of Manda', breathed his last at the Apollo Hospital here in the
afternoon, his close associate Wasim Ahmad said.

"The end came at 2.45 PM," Apollo Hospital spokesperson said.

Singh leaves his wife Sita Kumari and two sons Ajeya Singh and Abhay Singh.

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