Former Mayor, Gujarat Minister, Police Commissioner of Vadodara Jaspal Singh died at the age of 91 years. He was known after became overnight hero from famous Narsinhji procession organised every year in the city with great fervour. He resigned from the post of Police Commissioner after received tremendous love from the people of the city.
Jaspal Singh was suffering from heart disease from quite some time and on Sunday night he breathed his last at his home in Vadodara. His two daughters were settled abroad and he is living with his wife in Vadodara. After the news of his death spread his friends and well wishers reached his home to paid their respects.
In 1983 Jaspal Singh was made Vadodara Police Commissioner and at that time communal riots are common in the city. Due to this type of tense situation it was a challenge for everyone to take out the procession of Lord Narsinhji passing through areas Mandvi, Champaner Darwaaza, Yakutpura, Fatehpura, Koyli Falia, Kumbharwada and Tulsiwadi.
Jaspal Singh was considered as the brave commissioner and completed 100 days in Vadodara. He make it possible and without any hesitation took out the procession with its original celebration. He became a overnight hero after that the then Chief Minister Madhavsinh Solanki transferred him after he took out the procession in the city. After the transfer orders the people protest against the decision.
After the protests in the city Jaspal Singh resigned from the post of Police Commissioner respect the love of the people. He then entered into politics after the support of the people in 1984 during the time when former Prime Minister Late Rajiv Gandhi wave was there.
Jaspal Singh joined BJP and contested Vidhansabha elections but lost. In 1985 he contest again as independent and won against Congress candidate Chandrika Purohit.
Jaspal Singh then formed Savdhaan Party in 1987 and contest on every seats of VMC. His party won 21 seats and after getting the support from Janta Dal and independent candidates formed the board and became Mayor of Vadodara.
After one year Janta Dal ditched and threw Savdhan Party from the board. After that Jaspal Singh joined BJP and elected as MLA from Sayajigung seat in 1990, 1995 and 1998. He was minister from 1995 to 1998 during the Keshubhai Patel government in Gujarat.
Jaspal Singh will be laid to rest on Tuesday after his daughters arrived from abroad.