The Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, has expressed his deepest condolences at the passing away of former West Bengal Governor and industrialist Viren J Shah, who died in Jordan on Saturday following a heart attack. He was 86.
Expressing his sadness at the loss of a former Parliamentary colleague and a close friend, Dr. Singh said that Viren Shah was a distinguished Parliamentarian who also rendered invaluable service in the field of industry and commerce.
He also recalled his tenure as Governor of West Bengal and said that the country had lost a public figure of great distinction.
Shah was elected to Parliament from Junagadh in Gujarat in 1967 and was also member of the Rajya Sabha twice from 1975 to 1981 and from 1990 to 1996. He was the Governor of West Bengal from 1999 to 200.
He was the former Chairman and Managing Director of Mukund Limited, engaged in steel business, and held the position for 27 years from 1972 to 1999.
Shah is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter.