Former chief minister of Madhya Pradesh Sunderlal Patwa passed away in Bhopal on Wednesday after a brief illness. He had no children and his wife had died a few years ago. He was 92.
CM Chouhan condoled the death of veteran leader Sunderlal Patwa
His nephew Surendra Patwa is currently a minister in the present BJP-led state government. Patwa was rushed to hospital as he had a heart attack where he breathed his last, said, Bansal’s Hospital’s Executive director Dr. Skand Trivedi.
After getting information about Patwa’s death, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Chouhan rushed to the hospital. Later, Chouhan condoled the death of the veteran BJP leader.
Chouhan recalled in a tweet Patwa’s ever contribution for the development of Madhya Pradesh and said his demise is an irreparable lost the state.
He was born on 11 November 1924. He served as Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister twice and the first time he was chief minister for less than a month in 1980 and later, riding on the Ram Mandir wave he came back to power in march 1990.
He was elected as Lok Sabha member by defeating Kamal Nath
But, his second tenure as a CM was reduced by the imposition of the president’s rule in 1992 after the devastation of the Babri Masjid. He was also elected as the Lok Sabha member from Chhindwara in the 1997 by-poll by defeating Congress leader Kamal Nath in his own area. Later, Nath again came back while wresting a seat from him in 1998.
Patwa won the Hoshangaband Lok Sabha seat in 1999 general elections and became a Cabinet-ranked minister in the Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s government at the center.