Harcharan Singh Brar
Harcharan Singh Brar (21 January 1922 - 6 September 2009) was an Indian politician belonging to Punjab unit of Indian National Congress. He was the 26th Chief Minister of Punjab and held this position from 31 August 1995 to 21 November 1996. He succeeded the assassinated Chief Minister Beant Singh.
He was born on January 21, 1922 in a village Sarai Naga on National Highway 16, between Sri Muktsar Sahib and Kot Kapura to Balwant Singh. He graduated from Government College, Lahore. He married to Gurbinder Kaur Brar. He had a son Kanwarjit Singh Brar, who is also an MLA from Muktsar and a daughter Kanwaljit Kaur.
He has been the member of Punjab Vidhan Sabha five times. From Muktsar in 1960-62, reelected in 1962-67 and 1992–97, Giddarbaha in 1967-72, Kotkapura in 1969-74. He served as the governor of Odisha from February 1977 to September 1977, and Governor of Haryana from September 24, 1977 to December 9, 1979. He took over as chief minister of Punjab on August 31, 1995 after the assassination of the then chief minister Beant Singh in a bomb blast outside the Punjab and Haryana Secretariat in Chandigarh. He is credited with the creation of Muktsar and Moga districts out of Faridkot district. He has also served as Minister of Irrigation & Power, and Minister of Health & Family Welfare.
He died in his native village Sarai Naga on 6 September 2009 after a long illness at the age of 87 years.
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