Former MP CMSunderlal Patwa passes away
|Source: The Hitavada Date: 29 Dec 2016 08:20:55|
FORMER Chief Minister and ex-Union minister, Sunderlal Patwa breathed his last in Bhopal on Wednesday morning following cardiac arrest. He was 92.
Patwa was rushed to a private hospital around 4 am as his health worsened. Doctors’ efforts failed and Patwa was declared him dead at 9 am. A pall of gloom soon descended over political circle when the news of Patwa’s death spread.
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, along with wife Sadhna Singh rushed to hospital. Prime Minister Narendra Modi rushed to Bhopal to pay homage to Patwa. Modi reached BJP office here around 4.41 pm and paid floral tributes to Patwa. He remained at party office for five minutes and left for airport.
Earlier, Modi was received at the airport by Chouhan. Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, State BJP President Nandkumar Singh Chouhan, ministers Rampal Singh, Surendra Patwa and other senior leaders including former CM Kailash Joshi and Kailash Sarang were also present.
Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan also paid homage to Patwa at party office.
Born in Jain family in Kukdeshwar village of Mandsaur on November 11, 1924, Patwa’s father Mannalal was a businessman and social worker. Patwa was known for his oratory skills. He had created a niche for himself in politics through high ethics.
Patwa was elected as MLA for the first time from Manasa in 1957. He was again elected in 1962. He later represented Mandsaur (1977), Sehore (1980), Bhojpur (1985, 1990, 1993, 1998) constituencies.
Patwa was Chief Minister from January 20, 1980 to February 1980 and from March 1990 to December 15, 1992. He was Union minister from 1999 to 2001.
Last rites of Patwa will be performed in his native village Kukdeshwar on Thursday.
Former Deputy Prime Minister Lal Krishna Advani and Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu will attend the last rites.
Meanwhile, the BJP has cancelled all its programmes on Wednesday soon after the death of Patwa.
CM, GOVERNOR CONDOLE: Expressing profound grief over the death of Patwa, Chouhan said that Patwa gave a new direction to the State‘s politics. He was a benevolent political leader who ruled over the hearts of the people.
Chouhan declared three days’ State mourning.
Governor Om Prakash Kohli in his condolence message said that Patwa was a popular leader besides being an able administrator. He worked tirelessly for the welfare of poor and farmers.