Jalandhar, Aug 4: Senior Congress leader and former Punjab minister Chaudhary Jagjit Singh died of a heart attack this morning at a hospital here. He was 82. Congress leader Virendra Sharma told PTI that Jagjit Singh began to sweat and complained of chest pain around 5 AM following which he was taken to a private hospital where he passed away. (Read:  Led by Sonia Gandhi, Congress MPs sit on dharna in Parliament complex) Also Read - Vaccine, Jobs And Unemployment Allowance: High Political Drama in Bihar as Parties Wage Manifesto War Ahead of Polls

He is survived by his wife, two sons and two daughters. Jagjit, a prominent Dalit leader, became an MLA for the first time in 1980. Also Read - 'Unlike UP...': Rahul Gandhi Hits Out At BJP Over 'Gandhis Don't Care' Comment

A five-time party MLA, he was Local Bodies minister in Captain Amarinder Singh’s government between 2002 to 2007. He was also leader of the opposition in Punjab Assembly once. Jagjit’s younger brother Santokh Singh Chaudhary is the Congress MP from Jalandhar. Also Read - Bihar Assembly Election 2020: Migrants Walked Kms Without Food & Water, Did PM Help You Then, Asks Rahul | Highlights