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President condoles death of Bhagwat Jha Azad

world Updated: Oct 04, 2011 14:53 IST

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President Pratiba Patil on Monday condoled the death of former Bihar chief minister Bhagwat Jha Azad.

President Patil, who is on a state visit to Switzerland, said Azad was a public figure deeply committed to the welfare of the people of Bihar.

A six-time member of the Lok Sabha from Bhagalpur in Bihar, Azad died in New Delhi today after a prolonged illness. He was 89.

Azad, father of cricketer-turned-politician Kirti Azad, had been ailing for some time and was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

A veteran Congressman, Azad was the Chief Minister of Bihar between February 14, 1988, and March 10, 1989.