Former BJP MP Madan Prasad Jaiswal died in Patna this morning following a brain haemorrhage four days ago, family sources said. He was 73.
A doctor by profession, Jaiswal, who represented the Lok Sabha seat from Bettiah, had suffered brain haemorrhage on February 16 and was shifted to a private nursing home in Patna on Wednesday.
He was elected to the Lok Sabha thrice in 1996, 1998 and 1999. Jaiswal is survived by his wife, two sons and two daughters.
Jaiswal had quit BJP after his defeat to RJD’s Raghunath Jha in the 2004 Lok Sabha polls. He had later joined RJD only to return to the saffron party’s fold a few months ago.
Jaiswal, a Vaish leader with considerable support among his castemen, was a strong contender for the Bettiah seat this time as well.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who is on his “vikas yatra” in Sheikhpura, expressed shock at the death of Jaiswal, whom he described as a “dedicated social activist”.
“In his death, I have lost a personal friend and the society a dedicated worker for its cause. May his soul rest in peace and God give his family and supporters the courage to bear the loss,” Kumar said in a message.