Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh’s mother Rajmata Mohinder Kaur was passed away in Patiala city on Tuesday. The cremation took place at the ‘Shahi Smadhan’ of the Patiala royal family amid tight security. Amarinder Singh, his younger brother Malwinder Singh, family members and close relatives including former union minister Natwar Singh were present. Punjab Governor V.P. Singh Badnore, Assembly Speaker Rana K.P. Singh, Punjab cabinet ministers and legislators were also present.
The Rajmata passed away in Patiala on Monday evening following age-related illness. She was 94. Wife of Maharaja Yadvindra Singh, the monarch of the Patiala royal family, the Rajmata was the last designated queen of the Patiala kingdom. The erstwhile Patiala royal remained active in politics in 1960s and 1970s as a Congress leader. She headed the District Congress Committee in Patiala and was involvbed in a number of social and welfare activities.
The Rajmata was elected to the Lok Sabha in 1967 from Patiala seat. She was also a member of the Rajya Sabha. 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.
Mohinder Kaur was a wife of the late Maharaja of Patiala Yadavindra Singh who was born in Ludhiana. He is a nobleman of Patiala State and a member of the Patiala Riyasat Praja Mandal. In 1938 Mohinder Kaur got married at the age of 16. She is the former member of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. And she had been actively involved in several political and social activities.