He was first elected as an Indian National Congress member of the Punjab Legislative Assembly in 1969, becoming Speaker 1973–77 and again 2002 onwards. He served as Minister of Finance in the Punjab Government 1980–83.
In 2005, he led an Assembly delegation on a goodwill visit to the Punjab Assembly in Pakistan.
In January 2006 he announced his intention of standing down as an MLA, saying ‘‘I am 83 and have played my innings in politics. I do not want to continue till 90. Now the time has come for the younger generation to take the reins.”  He died on 30 June 2008, of a heart attack.
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