Tribune Information Service
Amritsar, Might 15
Congress stalwart Raghunandan Lal Bhatia, popularly often called RL Bhatia, died of Covid right here on Saturday. He was 100 and would have turned 101 on July 3.
Bhatia had an illustrious political profession as he represented the Amritsar Lok Sabha constituency six instances and in addition remained a Minister of State for Exterior Affairs. He was additionally twice appointed a Governor.
He was born right into a affluent enterprise household which has a sprawling dwelling on the enduring Mall Street right here, arrange by the British through the Colonial interval.
It was the demise of his uncle Durgadas Bhatia, who was a sitting MP from Amritsar, which ushered him into politics as he efficiently received the 1972 bypoll. He repeated the feat in 1980, 1984, 1991, 1996 and 1999.
It was cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu, parachuted by his late mentor Arun Jaitley for the Amritsar seat within the 2004 Normal Election, who ousted him from aggressive electoral politics.
After his exit, it took one-and-a-half decade for the Congress to make a comeback right here. It was one other Congress stalwart, Capt Amarinder Singh, who received again the seat for his get together in 2014. It’s presently represented by Congress MP Gurjeet Singh Aujla.