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Congress MP Dies Of Heart Attack During Bharat Jodo Yatra, March Paused

First Published: 14th January, 2023 18:35 IST

Santokh Singh Chaudhary, the party's MP from Jalandhar, collapsed during the Congress' mega foot march in Punjab's Phillaur whilehe was walking with Rahul Gandhi.

Congress MP Santokh Singh Chaudhary died of a heart attack during Bharat Jodo Yatra in Punjab this morning. He was 76.
Santokh Singh Chaudhary, the party’s MP from Jalandhar, collapsed during the Congress’ mega foot march in Punjab’s Phillaur while he was walking with Rahul Gandhi.
The veteran Congress leader was taken to a hospital in Phagwara where he was declared dead on arrival.
Rahul Gandhi left the march midway and rushed to the hospital where Mr Chaudhary had been taken, a party leader said. He also met Mr Chaudhary’s family members at his home in Jalandhar’s Dhaliwal.

The yatra has been suspended for now, said Punjab Congress chief Amrinder Singh Raja Warring, adding Mr Chaudhary’s cremation will be done tomorrow morning.

He said Mr Chaudhary was very excited about the yatra as it was passing through his area.

Mr Gandhi later shared a photo collage from today’s yatra in which Mr Chaudhary is seen walking with him and other party leaders.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled Mr Chaudhary’s death, saying “he will be remembered for his efforts to serve the people of Punjab.”

“Pained by the passing away of MP Shri Santokh Singh Chaudhary Ji. He will be remembered for his efforts to serve the people of Punjab. Condolences to his family and supporters. Om Shanti,” PM Modi tweeted.

Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge said Mr Chaudhary’s death is a “great blow to the party and organisation”.
“Deeply shocked and saddened to learn about the untimely passing away of our MP, Shri Santokh Singh Chaudhary. His loss is a great blow to the party and organisation. In this hour of grief, my heart goes out to his family, friends and followers. May his soul rest in peace,” he tweeted.

Congress leader Jairam Ramesh tweeted, “Santokh Singh Chaudhary, aged 76, Congress MP from Jalandhar, passed away from a sudden cardiac arrest during the Bharat Jodo Yatra this morning. We extend our deepest condolences to his family. There will be some changes in schedule of the yatra which will be shared shortly.

Besides, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, former Congress leader Amarinder Singh and Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann also expressed condolences.

Mr Chaudhary had won the Lok Sabha elections twice – first in 2014 and later in 2019. His son Vikramjit Singh Chaudhary is a Congress MLA from Phillaur assembly constituency in Punjab.




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