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Ailing former Delhi BJP chief Mange Ram Garg dies in hospital

Published : Jul 22, 2019, 5:59 am IST
Updated : Jul 22, 2019, 5:59 am IST

Garg’s mortal remains were taken to his residence in Ashok Vihar from where it was taken to Delhi BJP office at Pant Marg.

Delhi BJP president Mange Ram Garg
 Delhi BJP president Mange Ram Garg

New Delhi: A day after three-time Congress chief minister Sheila Dikshit passed away, former Delhi BJP president Mange Ram Garg passed away at a hospital in the national capital on Sunday morning.

The demise of Garg, 83, was mourned by senior party leaders along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi who described him as a partyman with deep connect with Delhi, who selflessly served its people.

The PM tweeted: “Mange Ram Garg Ji had a deep connect with Delhi and that was seen in the manner in which he selflessly served the people of the city. He played a pivotal role in strengthening BJP in Delhi. His demise is saddening. My thoughts are with his family and supporters. Om Shanti.”

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal also condoled the demise of Garg. He died at about 7.30 am at Action Balaji Hospital in Paschim Vihar, north Delhi. He was not keeping well due to age-related issues.

Garg’s mortal remains were taken to his residence in Ashok Vihar from where it was taken to Delhi BJP office at Pant Marg. A large number of party leaders and workers gathered at the Delhi BJP office to pay their condolences.

Among the leaders, who paid tributes to Garg at the party headquarters, were BJP president and Union home minister Amit Shah, veteran BJP leader and former deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman, former external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, BJP national vice president and former MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari, Rajya Sabha MP Vijay Goel and city MPs – Ramesh Bhiduri, Meenakshi Lekhi, Gautam Gambhir and Parvesh Saheb Singh Verma.

Condoning his death, Mr Shah said Garg all along his life worked dedicatedly for the service of the people from the time of Jan Sangh till his death. Mr Tiwari said that Garg contributed immensely in the expansion of the party and always raised problems of the people.

Garg’s family members said that he had pledged his organs to the “Dadhichi Deh Dan Samiti” for which his body was taken to Lady Hardinge Medical College hospital. Garg was an MLA from Wazirpur constituency between 2003 and 2008. He had held a number of positions in the party, which included treasurer, district president and the BJP Delhi president.

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