Veteran Congress leader and chief minister of undivided Madhya Pradesh thrice, Pandit Shyama Charan Shukla, died at a private nursing home in the state capital, early on Wednesday morning, after battling with prostrate cancer since the last four months. He was 82.
Doctor Sandeep Dave, in-charge of the Ramkrishna Surgical Hospital, where Shukla was admitted since the last 10 days, informed the late leader's son and former Chhattisgarh minister, Amitesh Shukla, at around 4 am on Wednesday about the leader's demise. According to Dr Dave, Shukla breathed his last at 3.45 am.
Amitesh Shukla followed by the late leader's wife, Padmini Shukla and his brother, former union minister VC Shukla rushed to the hospital on being informed of his demise.
According to his son, to fulfill his last wish, Shyama Charan Shukla's mortal remains would be taken to the holy pilgrim centre at Rajim and he would lie in the state near the Rajiv Lochan Temple to enable his followers to offer condolences. The body would be brought back late in the afternoon to the state capital and would lie in the state at the Congress Bhavan. Last rites would be performed on the banks of Mahadev Ghat on Wednesday evening itself.
The late leader was ailing from the last four months due to prostrate cancer and was admitted in the Delhi based Apollo Hospital. He was brought back to the state capital about 10 days back by air ambulance and admitted in a private hospital in an unconcious state. According to hospital sources, he regained conciousness only twice and in that state had expressed a deep desire to offer darshan at the Rajiv Lochan Temple at Rajim where the Shhatisgarh Ardh Kumbh festival is presently on. But due to his deteriorating condition doctors had advised against taking him there.
Meanwhile, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh, his cabinet colleagues and leaders from all parties paid rich tributes to the departed leader.