Veteran Akali leader and former Nakodar MLA Kuldip Singh Wadala passed away at the age of 90 years, on Tuesday following a cardiac arrest.
He is survived by four sons and three daughters. His son Gurpartap Wadala is the Nakodar MLA while his son-in-law Arvinder Bains is an IAS officer.
Considered one of the most intellectual Akali leaders from the region of the 1980s and 1990s, he was well-connected with the national leadership of those times, including Harkishan Singh Surjit and Sharad Yadav.
“Armed with a BSc (agriculture) degree and a good command of English, he even used to write articles in papers, his favourite topics being French, Russian and Pakistan economies,” said Principal Jaspal Singh of Guru Nanak National College, Nakodar, of which Wadala was a patron.
“This house was the venue of all meetings regarding the Longowal pact. All prominent Akali and SGPC leaders, including Jagdev Singh Talwandi, Parkash Singh Badal and Gurcharan Singh Tohra, used to sit here and do the planning,” Jaspal Singh recalled.