Cong MP Gadhvi passes away
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Congress Banaskantha MP Mukesh Gadhvi passed away in the early hours of Friday at Sterling Hospital in Ahmedabad. He was 50.
Party sources said Gadhvi was admitted to the hospital after he suffered a brain stroke when he was returning from a wedding function two weeks ago. He was operated upon about 10 days ago. His condition worsened two days ago when he suffered multiple-organ failure. He expired at 1.30 am.
He was cremated later in the day at his native Savarda village, about 10 kms from Palanpur town, headquarters of Banaskantha district.
State Congress president Arjun Modhwadia was among several state party leaders who attended the cremation.
Gadhvi is survived by a son and two daughters.
Son of former state Congress president B K Gadhvi, he won three Assembly elections between 1998 and 2007. He contested Lok Sabha elections for the first time in April 2009 and won.
He was member of Standing Committee on Petroleum and Natural Gas, and Consultative Committee on Finance.
Gadhvi's influence in his region could be gauged from the fact that he ensured Congress victory in the recently held district panchayat elections. Banaskantha and Kheda are the only district panchayats under Congress control while 24 others went to the BJP. He had also played a major role in Congress's victory in five of the nine Assembly constituencies in Banaskantha district.
Gadhvi's demise means the state will now witness by-elections to two Lok Sabha seats — Banaskantha and Porbandar. Bypoll for Porbandar has been necessitated after Vitthal Radadiya quit the Lok Sabha seat in January after getting elected to the Assembly in December.
Gadhvi's death is the second bad news for the party in the recent few months. After the party fared badly in the Assembly polls with seniors like Arjun Modhwadia, Shaktisinh Gohil and Siddharth Patel losing the elections, the party suffered a severe jolt when its Leuva Patel leader Radadiya announced to quit the party and join the BJP a week ago.
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