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Delhi: Former Delhi chief minister and BJP leader Madan Lal Khurana passed away at 82; last rites today

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 28 October 2018, 9:49 IST

Madan Lal Khurana, a former Delhi Chief Minister and a BJP leader breathe his last on Saturday night at his home in the national capital. He was 82-year-old and ailing since long. "He breathed his last at around 11 pm at his Kirti Nagar residence here," his son Harish Khurana told news agency PTI.

He was suffering from a chest infection and fever for the last few days, Harish Khurana said. Mr Khurana was a four-time BJP parliamentarian and Chief Minister of Delhi from 1993 to 1996.

He has served as the Parliamentary Affairs and Tourism Minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led government and also briefly as the governor of Rajasthan in 2004.

He is survived by his wife, a son and two daughters. In August this year, his eldest son Vimal Khurana had died of a cardiac arrest at 55. The last rites of the former Delhi CM will be held today his family said. Delhi BJP Chief Manoj Tiwari paid his respects to the veteran BJP leader. He said that “Mr Khurana's body will be kept at BJP-Delhi State Office around 12 pm for people to pay their last respects.”

Several BJP leaders were among those who condoled his death on social media.

"The news of passing away of former Delhi CM and senior BJP leader is very saddening. Khuranaji was an ideal swayamsewak, a dedicated student wing worker and he shall be always remembered as a strong pillar of the Jana Sangh and the BJP," BJP chief Amit Shah said.

"My heartfelt condolences to the BJP parivar and the family of our beloved former Chief Minister of Delhi & veteran BJP leader Shri Madan Lal Khurana ji who passed away today after prolonged illness. My thoughts and prayers are with his near & dear ones. May his soul rest in peace," Union Minister Harsh Vardhan tweeted.

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First published: 28 October 2018, 9:49 IST