UPDATED: March 2, 2021 11:02 IST
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Nandkumar Singh Chauhan passed away Tuesday morning. He was 69.
He had tested positive for the novel coronavirus on January 11 and was under treatment at a private hospital in Delhi-NCR. He was airlifted to Medanta Hospital in Gurugram last month in a serious condition, breathed his last late Monday night, news agency PTI quoted sources as saying.
He is survived by his wife, a son and two daughters, a BJP spokesman said.
His last rites will be performed at his ancestral place Shahpur in Burhanpur district on Wednesday, his son Harshvardhan Chauhan said.
CONDOLENCES POUR IN
Extending his condolences over Nandkumar Singh’s demise, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “Saddened by the demise of Lok Sabha MP from Khandwa Shri Nandkumar Singh Chauhan Ji. He will be remembered for his contributions to Parliamentary proceedings, organisational skills and efforts to strengthen the BJP across Madhya Pradesh. Condolences to his family. Om Shanti.”
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan expressed grief over the BJP leader’s death. In a tweet, the CM said, “Nandu Bhaiya (as he was popularly known) gave his best to the party as the state BJP president. His mortal remains will reach his ancestral village today. I offer my tributes to him.”
Former Union minister and senior BJP leader Uma Bharti and state Congress chief Kamal Nath also condoled the death of the parliamentarian.
Madhya Pradesh BJP leader Lokendra Parashar took to Twitter to inform about the demise of the six-time MP.
“Former Chairman of [Madhya Pradesh] MP BJP, Khandwa MP and senior leader of all of us… Nandkumar Singh Chauhan, “Nandu Bhaiya” Ji, is no longer with us. He breathed his last at a hospital in Delhi tonight,” Lokendra Parashar tweeted.
“Nandu bhaiya was a great personality in Indian politics. Shri Nandkumar Singh Chauhan Ji was a 6-time MP, three-time municipality president and was an MLA twice. He also got the privilege of being the [state BJP] president,” Lokendra Parashar said in another tweet.
Nandkumar Singh Chauhan had tested Covid positive on January 11.
CHAUHAN’S POLITICAL CAREER
Nandkumar Singh Chauhan represented the Khandwa constituency of Madhya Pradesh.
The leader started his political career in 1978 from the Shahpur Municipal Council and was later elected as member of the Madhya Pradesh Assembly.
He was an MLA from 1985 to 1996. He was elected as the Lok Sabha member for the first time in 1996 and got re-elected in 1998, 1999, 2004, 2014 and 2019.