The last surviving member of the first Lok Sabha dies

BUXAR/PATNA: The last and last surviving member of the first Lok Sabha, Kamal Singh, died Sunday after a prolonged illness at his Bhojpur Kothi residence in Dumraon, in the Buxar of Bihar. He was 94 years old.

He will be cremated with full state honors on the banks of the Ganges in Buxar on Monday. Elected to the first Lok Sabha in 1952 at the age of 25, Singh was the youngest deputy in the country. He represented in the Lower House as an Independent until 1962. He again challenged parliamentary polls in Buxar in 1989 and 1991 with a BJP ticket, but lost to Tej Narayan Yadav of the CPI on both occasions.

The disappearance of Singh has caused widespread pain in the ancient region of Shahabad, where he was considered for his charity. He is credited with having opened a series of educational institutions and health centers for the poor.

Expressing pity for his death, Prime Minister Nitish Kumar announced that Singh would be cremated with all state honors. In his message of condolence, he said that Singh had played a key role in the education and health sectors.