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Calcutta dead

Amritsar- Former SGPC chief secretary Manjit Singh Calcutta (79), who was considered an authority on Panthic matters, died here this morning after a brief illness.
He is survived by wife Santokh Kaur, son Gurpreet Singh and daughters Sarbpreet Kaur and Harkirat Kaur.
The former SAD leader was a staunch critics of the Badals. He repeatedly accused them of interfering in SGPC affairs and failing to confront the BJP and the RSS.
Elected MLA from Amritsar South constituency in 1997, Calcutta was appointed Minister for Higher Education by then Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal. A loyalist of Gurcharan Singh Tohra, who headed the SGPC for a record 27 years, Calcutta was among the five ministers who resigned in protest against Tohra’s expulsion from the SAD in 1999. The others were Mahesh Inder Singh Grewal, Harmail Singh Tohra, Inderjit Singh Zira and Surjit Singh Koli. They all had formed a party, Sarv Hind Shiromani Akal Dal. In 2012, Calcutta had extended support to the Congress when Capt Amarinder Singh was the PPCC chief.



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