Condolences pour in for Jaspal Bhatti
Condolences poured in for popular comedian Jaspal Bhatti, who died in a road accident today, with various political leaders and eminent personalities expressing grief over his sudden demise.
In Chandigarh, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his Haryana counterpart Bhupinder Singh Hooda expressed grief over Bhatti's death.
Describing Bhatti as a multi-faceted personality and a son of soil, Badal said that the comedian, through his rare sarcastic humour and wit, made enormous contribution in sensitising the public in eradicating social evils.
Hooda said Bhatti was known for highlighting problems of the common man in a satirical manner.
"Bhatti would be long remembered for his television series 'Flop Show' and mini capsules 'Ulta Pulta'," he said.
In Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav also expressed condolences on the untimely death of Bhatti.
In his message, Akhilesh also wished for a speedy recovery of those injured including Bhatti's son in the accident.
"Bhatti had mastered the art of highlighting issues related to public through satire and humour, and presented them before the people through TV programmes, forcing people to ponder on them," Yadav added.
Meanwhile, several personalities, including 'Flying Sikh' Milkha Singh and comedian Gurpreet Ghuggi were among those who visited Bhatti's residence here.
Bhatti's body will be brought to Chandigarh from Jalandhar for cremation in the evening.
The accident took place in Jalandhar when Bhatti's car hit a roadside tree near Shahkot in Nakodar area of the district.
Bhatti, 57, was going to Jalandhar from Bhatinda for the promotion of his Punjabi film 'Power Cut' scheduled for release tomorrow. PTI