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Former Prime Minister, I K Gujral passes away at 92
Dr. Lalit Kishore | 01 Dec 2012

Former Indian Prime Minister, I K Gujral, died on November 30 at an age of 92, after a brief illness in a private hospital in Gurgaon. He was admitted to the hospital on November 19 with a lung infection.

GUJRAL, WHO was on ventilator support, breathed his last at 3.27 PM on November 30. He will be cremated nearby Delhi on December 1 in Delhi.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in his rich tributes to Gujral described him as 'an intellectual, a scholar-statesman and a gentleman politician'.

Expressing his sorrow on passing away of Gujral, Singh said, "I personally have lost a friend of long standing, whose wisdom, idealism and deep concern for social equity left a great impression on me and whose counsel and opinion I often sought and valued greatly," reported Zee News.

He began his political career as Vice President in NDMC in the 1950s followed by tenures as a Union Minister in Congress Government and India's Ambassador to the USSR.

He became Minister of External Affairs in the Janata government and United Front (UF) government. He replaced H D Deve Gowda as Prime Minister for a few months after the Congress withdrew support to UF in 1997.