Veteran communist leader Dr Joginder Dayal passes away; Punjab CM condoles demise

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Chandigarh, Apr 30 (PTI) Communist Party of India's veteran leader Dr Joginder Dayal has passed away following a prolonged illness, the Punjab government said on Friday.

He was 80.

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh expressed his condolences over Dayal’s demise and described him as a staunch votary of democratic values.

Dayal, who was a senior leader of the CPI from Punjab, passed away at PGIMER here on Thursday evening, a state government statement said on Friday.

He is survived by his wife and three daughters.

In his condolence message, Singh described Dayal as a leader of masses with the qualities of head and heart, who played a pivotal role to espouse the cause of unprivileged sections of the society.

“Being a staunch votary of democratic values, Dr Dayal relentlessly worked to ensure peace, harmony and amity in the state thus denouncing the sectarian and fissiparous forces,” he said. PTI SUN VSD AQS AQS