Surinder Kaur Badal, wife of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, died at the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) in Chandigarh after a prolonged battle with cancer, doctors said. She was 72. Surinder Kaur, who was suffering from cancer of the throat, was admitted to the PGIMER here earlier this month in a serious condition.
She was the mother of Akali Dal president and Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal. Official sources said Surinder Kaur would be cremated Wednesday at Badal village in Muktsar district of southwest Punjab. Earlier she was admitted in United States. The Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his son-cum-Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal went to US in trurns to look after Surinder Kaur Badal.
Incidentally, it was Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, who missed all but last two sittings of the Budget session of the Vidhan Sabha because of ill health. He recovered from herpes in time to attend the State Legislature before it adjourned sine die.