Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh’s mother, Mohinder Kaur, died at her Patiala residence Monday. Kaur was 96. She is survived by two sons and two daughters. She was the last designated queen of Patiala Royal State. A former MP, Kaur had been unwell for some time. She breathed her last at the family’s Moti Mahal residence in Patiala at 7.24 pm due to multiple organ system failure due to age-related health problems, said a government statement.
She will be cremated at Shahi Samadhan, the royal crematorium, Tuesday. Amarinder rushed to Patiala and the Cabinet meeting and other programmes scheduled for Tuesday stand cancelled, an official spokesperson said.
Kaur, wife of the late Maharaja of Patiala, Yadavindra Singh, was born in Ludhiana (undivided Punjab), to Harchand Singh Jaijee, a nobleman of Patiala State and a member of the Patiala Riyasat Praja Mandal (Patiala State Peoples’ Forum, an affiliate of the Indian National Congress). She got married in 1938, at the age of 16.
A former member of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, Kaur had been actively involved in several political, social and other philanthropic activities. Several dignitaries from across the country mourned the death of the royal matriarch.
All India Congress Committee (AICC) presidents Sonia Gandhi, its vice president Rahul Gandhi and other senior leaders of the Congress called up the Chief Minister to express their condolences.