Chandigarh, May 12: Senior Congress leader and former Punjab minister Inderjit Singh Zira died of cancer on Wednesday at a private hospital in Mohali. He was 63. He is survived by his wife and two sons. His elder son, Kulbir Singh Zira, is a Congress MLA from Zira assembly constituency of the state. Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh condoled his demise in an official statement.

“With the death of Inderjit Singh Zira, a void has been created within the party circles, which is difficult to be filled,” he said. The CM described him as “a fine human being with the qualities of head and heart beside a gentleman politician”.

He said Zira worked “relentlessly” for the welfare of all sections of the society, especially the farmers and farm workers to safeguard their interests.

“His outstanding services towards the overall development of the Malwa region would ever be remembered by one and all,” the CM added. Ministers Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa and Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa also expressed grief over Zira’s death.