Chandigarh, Jun 28 (PTI) Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today mourned the death of former finance minister Surinder Singla, describing it as a big loss for the Congress party. Also Read - Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah: Dayaben is Missed on Sets, Nattu Kaka Speaks About Disha Vakani's Return

As a mark of respect to the departed soul, the chief minister declared a holiday on Friday for all government offices. Also Read - Ranthambore Travel Guide: Places to Visit, Wildlife Safari, And How to Plan a Trip - All You Need to Know

Singla, 78, passed away in the early hours of Thursday at AIIMS in Delhi, where he was rushed after complaining of breathlessness. Also Read - Fukrey Actor Olanokiotan Gbolabo Lucas Passes Away

In a statement issued here today, the chief minister said he would miss Singla, who made outstanding contribution to the stabilisation of the state’s economy as finance minister in his previous stint as chief minister.

He also recalled Singla’s development works for his constituency Bathinda, and added that the able administrator and economist had left a void in the Congress and in hearts of the people he served.

The chief minister extended his heartfelt sympathies to the bereaved family of Singla. The cremation will be held tomorrow at 11.00 am at Lodhi Road Crematorium in New Delhi.

Singla is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter.

On behalf of the Punjab government, Rakhee Gupta, the Resident Commissioner, Punjab Bhawan, New Delhi, laid a wreath on the body of Singla.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.