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Leader of opposition Katare dies after prolonged illness

Madhya Pradesh leader of opposition in the state assembly and senior Congress leader Satyadev Katare passed away at a Mumbai hospital on Thursday after prolonged illness.

bhopal Updated: Oct 21, 2016 07:35 IST
Katare was suffering from lung cancer and receiving treatment at Mumbai’s Hiranandani Hospital since April.
Katare was suffering from lung cancer and receiving treatment at Mumbai’s Hiranandani Hospital since April.(Mujeeb Faruqui/HT photo)

Madhya Pradesh leader of opposition in the state assembly and senior Congress leader Satyadev Katare passed away at a Mumbai hospital on Thursday after prolonged illness.

The 61-year-old Congress leader, who was also the party’s general secretary in the state, was suffering from lung cancer. He was receiving treatment at Mumbai’s Hiranandani Hospital since April. He is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter.

According to Congress leaders, Katare started his political life from a remote village called Manepura near Bhind district. Katare was appointed as general secretary of the state Youth Congress in 1985.

Impressed by his work for the party, late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi gave him an assembly election ticket from Ater assembly segment in Bhind which he won for the very first time in 1985. He was elected to the state assembly again in 1993, 2003 and 2013.

After the news of his death, condolence messages started pouring in from across the state, cutting across party lines.

CM, Governor express grief

Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan expressed grief over the demise of Katare, terming him as an “endeavouring person”. Chouhan said Katare was always linked to the people and was active on social issues. The chief minister said Katare had deep knowledge on parliamentary traditions and processes and the state had lost the leader who had a positive approach.

Governor Om Prakash Kohli said Katare’s death was an irreparable loss to the state and Katare’s contribution towards works carried out for tribals and backward classes cannot be forgotten.

Congress party chief whip in the Lok Sabha and Guna MP Jyotiraditya Scindia said with Katare’s passing away, he had lost his friend and advisor. He said whenever he required some advice on any issue, he would think of Katare. Scindia said Katare had worked closely with his father for decades and stood with the Scindia family through thick and thin.

He said not only the Gwalior-Chambal region but the whole state had lost a legal luminary, orator, a man with thorough knowledge of parliamentary traditions and a great leader.

“Today all Congress workers should take a pledge to continue the work which Katare was doing for the people of the state,” he added.

A LAWMAKER OF REPUTE

Born on February 15, 1955

1985 – 1990: General secretary of MP Youth Congress.

1993 – 1995: Minister of state for home, MP government.

Awarded the best minister in 1995.

1995 – 1998: Minister of food and civil supplies, MP government.

2003 – 2007: General secretary of state Congress committee.

2003 – 2008: MLA from Ater (Bhind).

2004 – 2006: Chairman of public accounts committee, MP Vidhan Sabha.

Awarded the best MLA in 2008.