Punjab News Ex-MP Zora Singh dead


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Chak Suhelewala (Ferozepur), June 27

Zora Singh Mann, who was MP from the Ferozepur Lok Sabha constituency for three consecutive terms, from 1998 to 2009, died of cardiac arrest at a private hospital in New Delhi this morning. He is survived by his wife, two sons and two daughters.

His son Vardev Mann, a member of the SGPC, and other family members were at his bedside when he breathed last.

Born on June 18, 1940, Mann, who remained the sarpanch of Chak Suhelewala village for about 26 years (from 1972 to 1998), became a member of the SGPC in 1996 and then MP in 1998 after he was elected for the Lok Sabha as a SAD candidate.

Mann was one among those trusted lieutenants of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, who always stood by him (Badal) when he faced political crises and a serious threat to his life from terrorists.

He was also known for his exemplary courage, which he showed when he would take terrorists head on whenever they (terrorists) tried to upset or sabotage political programmes of Badal.

Mann also earned appreciations from his political rivals for extra pains he would take for supporting his associates and workers of the party. He was also popular among every section of society for his style of functioning and straightforwardness.

He also earned a name for himself for bringing various development projects in the border district of Ferozepur. Mann single handedly established one of the best schools in this village where high standard education was being given to rural students.

However, a section of SAD leaders succeeded in pushing him to his political isolation, as he was not nominated as a party candidate from the Ferozepur Lok Sabha in the 2009 General Election.

The culture of “caste politics”, which gripped the SAD in the past few years, and paving a smooth way for the entry of Sukhbir Badal into the state Assembly with an emphatic win from the Jalalabad Assembly segment were the main reasons behind the “unceremonial exit” of Mann from the political scene of the party and Punjab.

Mann was, however, made the patron of the SAD unit of Muktsar district by Sukhbir Badal.

Meanwhile, a pall of gloom descended on the village and its surrounding areas. His body is expected to reach here late in the evening.