Former Punjab Chief Minister Surjit Singh Barnala passed away after prolonged illness at PGI, Chandigarh, on Saturday.
He was 91 years of age. Barnala, who was Punjab Chief Minister from 1985 to 1987, was admitted to the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) recently .
Mr Barnala was admitted to the Cardiac Care Unit of PGIMER and was shifted this morning to respiratory ICU where he breathed his last.
Barnala had remained Governor of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Uttarakhand between 2000 and 2011.
As Governor of Tamil Nadu, Mr Barnala had famously refused to recommend dismissal of the DMK government in 1991 when the late Chandrashekhar was the Prime Minister for a short time.
When he was transferred to Bihar following his refusal, he chose to resign as Governor.
The government headed by Chandrashekhar then dismissed the Karunanidhi ministry using the "otherwise" provision in Article 356 of the Constitution after Mr Barnala's refusal to make a recommendation.
Barnala was Former Governor of Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, Andhra Pradesh and Andaman and Nicobar Islands and also a Union minister.
Barnala was born on October 21, 1925 in Ateli Haryana. He was also involved in Quit India Movement in 1942. Barnala contested the election for the first time in 1952 but lost.
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal condoled the death of the former senior Akali Dal leader.