Vishwanath Pratap Singh is dead


Parliamentary Oversight Committee to monitor the functioning of the intelligence agencies

Former Prime Minister V P Singh, who formed a non-Congress coalition government at the Centre dethroning Rajiv Gandhi-led Congress in the 1989 elections, died in New Delhi on Thursday after prolonged illness.

Battling blood cancer since 1991 and suffering from renal failure, 77-year-old Singh, also known as 'Raja of Manda', breathed his last at the Apollo Hospital in Delhi in the afternoon, his close associate Wasim Ahmad said.

"The end came at 1445 hrs," an Apollo Hospital spokesperson said.

Singh is survived by his wife Sita Kumari and two sons Ajeya Singh and Abhay Singh.

In the present scenario where intelligence failure has become rampant, it is noteworthy that former Prime Minister V P Singh had tried to set up a Parliamentary Oversight Committee to monitor the functioning of the intelligence agencies. He failed mainly on account of opposition from the major political parties.

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